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The Blue Bulls sneaked a vital win last week, when they travelled to the Sharks and managed to claim a 17-13 victory, to end a sequence of two successive defeats, which had left them perilously close to dropping out of the top two places on the 2015 Currie Cup ladder. The Bulls retain second place, which would give them a home semi-final in the play-offs, but are level on 29 points with Western Province (WP), and hold a better points difference of +82 to WP's +79.
On Friday, the Bulls will host Eastern Province Kings at Loftus Versfeld, and will be looking for a bonus point win against a side that occupy seventh place in the table, and have leaked an average of nearly four tries per game through the season, After losing five straight matches at the start of the season, the Kings have now won two of their last three, including an astonishing 40-37 success over the Griquas last week, a match in which both the winners and losers managed to score five tries.
The Kings now have a four point advantage over bottom placed Griquas, but have to face the Bull's rivals, Western Province next week, and so will be hard pressed to add to their own points total. They may rely on others to prevent the Griquas closing that gap, and possibly overhauling them.
Posted: 23rd August 2014
At least one of the bottom two sides in this seasons Currie Cup competition is guaranteed to break their duck when the Blue Bulls host the Eastern Province Kings on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld Pretoria. Both sides have suffered some humiliating defeats in the first two rounds of this season's tournament, and look woefully short of the standard required to make the end of season play-offs for the Cup itself.
The Blue Bulls have managed to score just two tries in total against the Golden Lions and Western Province, while conceding 41 points in each of the two games, all is it they were both played away from home. The Kings may have crossed their opponents white wash five times in the opening two rounds, but they leaked 35 points at home against Western Province, and then the leak became more of a flood last weekend, when the Golden Lions posted 60 points in Johannesburg.
Eastern Province Kings coach Carlos Spencer is looking to add some extra steel to his forwards on Saturday, and has made four changes to the pack for the match in Pretoria. Steven Sykes and Darron Nell will add an element of physicality to their forward effort, while Paul Schoeman will provide a greater energy at the breakdown. Skipper Luke Watson returns after recovering from a bout of flu.
Tags: Blue Bulls
, Currie Cup
, Eastern Province Kings
, Loftus Versfeld
, Carlos Spencer
, Steven Sykes
, Darron Nell