NEWS ARTICLES
EP Kings host WP in Vodacom Cup
March 20, 2013
Still winless in the opening rounds of the Vodacom Cup, under pressure defending champions DHL Western Province will be a looking to get their campaign back on track when they travel to Port Elizabeth to face the EP Kings on Friday evening.

Province can expect a tough encounter from the hosts at the NMMU Stadium, who will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches, following their draw and win in the previous fixtures. Kick-off is at 19:00.

The second Friday night fixture takes place at Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom between the Leopards XV and the Valke.

The Leopards created history last week with their massive 113-3 win over newcomers Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls. However, on Friday evening they can expect a much tougher examination from the Valke, who managed to beat the MTN Golden Lions 27-22 in a close fought affair last weekend.

A win for any of the two sides will temporarily lift them into second spot on the North Section log as the rest of the fixtures are all scheduled for Saturday.

The Sharks XV get the action underway on Saturday when they host the Toyota Free State XV at Kings Park in Durban. This fixture always produces entertaining rugby and The Sharks XV will especially be determined to keep their 100 % start to the season intact.

Last season, The Sharks XV won this corresponding match 51-38 in Bloemfontein.

Up north, another intriguing clash is looming at Ellis Park between MTN Golden Lions and arch-rivals the Vodacom Blue Bulls.

The Blue Bulls outscored the Golden Lions by 49-10 in the 2012 fixture and the Pretoria outfit will be eager to bounce back to winning ways after going down to North Section leaders, Steval Pumas, in a nail-biting affair in the previous round.

Four-time champion GWK Griquas travels to Groblersdal for a meeting with rookies Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls. The Limpopo team has found the going extremely tough in their debut season and another busy afternoon awaits them against a Griquas outfit that is yet to fire on all cylinders.

The battle of the week in the South Section is undoubtedly the derby clash at picturesque Robertson between hosts Regent Boland Cavaliers and the SWD Eagles.

Last week, Boland won a tough battle against the Free State, while the Eagles lost at home by just five points against the Argentine Pampas. SWD’s two matches have only yielded a single log point so far while Boland – nowadays without the services of former captain Bolla Conradie, who has returned to WP - is unbeaten after a win and a draw.

In the remaining matches of the weekend Standard Bank Pampas entertain the Border Bulldogs in Stellenbosch, while Steval Pumas will be looking for their third successive win against Down Touch Griffons at the Nelspruit Rugby Club.

Round 3 fixtures are:

Friday, 22 March

EP Kings vs. DHL Western Province
Kick-off: 19:00
Venue: NMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Leopards XV vs. Valke
Kick-off: 19h00
Venue: Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom

Saturday, 23 March

Sharks XV vs. Toyota Free State XV
Kick-off: 14h45
Venue: Kings Park, Durban

MTN Golden Lions vs. Vodacom Blue Bulls
Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Ellis Park Stadium

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls vs. GWK Griquas
Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Chris Wiid Stadium, Groblersdal

Regent Boland Cavaliers vs. Southwestern Districts
Kick-off: 16:00
Venue: Robertson Rugby Club

Standard Bank Pampas vs. Border Bulldogs
Kick-off: 16h00
Venue: AF Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch

Steval Pumas vs. Down Touch Griffons
Kick-off: 16:00
Nelspruit Rugby Club, Nelspruit

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, April 25 2014
07:35 - Blues vs Waratahs
Eden Park, Auckland
09:40 - Brumbies vs Chiefs
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Vodacom Cup
15:00 - Blue Bulls vs Limpopo Blue Bulls
Loftus Versfeld B, Pretoria
15:00 - Valke vs Griffons
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
16:30 - Sharks XV vs EP Kings
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Inter Provincial Women A
17:00 - South Western Districs vs Border
Outeniqua Park, George
Vodacom Cup
19:00 - SWD vs Western Province
Outeniqua Park, George
Vodacom Super Rugby
19:10 - Cell C Sharks vs Highlanders
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Saturday, April 26 2014
09:35 - Hurricanes vs Reds
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
11:40 - Force vs Vodacom Bulls
NIB Stadium, Perth

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