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The Blue Bulls play host to Western province (WP) in the second of the 2016 Currie Cup on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria. Saturday's fixture is a repeat of the 2015 semi-final, when WP sprung a surprise and claimed a 23-18 victory at Loftus. The two sides played each other in Round 1 of this season's regular season, when the Bulls won on home soil by 45-26. The Bulls were 24-0 up at one time against an inexperienced WP XV, who did well to fight back and score four tries of their own, to claim a bonus point.
The Bulls finished in second position in the table to secure this home fixture, a massive 9 points behind the table leaders the Cheetahs. However, they had a bye in Round 9 of the regular season, meaning that they have had no competitive action since they defeated the Cavaliers in Round 8. The Blue Bulls are unbeaten in Pretoria in 2016, their two losses coming away to the Cheetahs and the Sharks. WP came perilously close to missing out on the play-offs, when they trailed the Cavaliers in Round 9 with two minutes remaining. A late penalty saw them squeeze home by 30-38. The two away wins that WP have registered in 2016 came at the hapless and hopeless Kings, and also much more impressively in Kimberley against the Griquas.
Posted: 16th October 2015
The 2015 Currie Cup has reached the knockout phase, with the first of the semi-finals on Friday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, featuring the Blue Bulls against the reigning Champions, Western Province (WP). With the Lions, who had a perfect winning season, registering ten regular season successes, playing in the other semi-final, it appears almost certain that the winners of Friday's fixture will travel to Johannesburg to face the Golden Lions for the title. The Blue Bulls who had been in the top two for most of the season, only secured home advantage in the semi-final, thanks to a single point win against the Pumas in the last game of the season,The defending Champions WP, qualified for the play-offs with seven wins, but all three regular season defeats came away from home, and were against the other three sides contesting the post-season race for the title.
The sides met at the same stage last season, when WP were victorious by 31-23. However, that match, and their title clinching win against the Lions, was played at Newlands. Although the Bulls best form came in the first half of the 2015 campaign, when they won five successive matches, home advantage looks like it will give them a distinct advantage against their visitors, and send them for a Grand Final in Johannesburg.
Posted: 21st August 2015
Something has to give on Saturday, when the weekends final Currie Cup match sees the Blue Bulls entertain Western Province at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, as both sides are able to proudly boast 100% winning records after two rounds of action in the 2015 tournament. The Bulls have scored two try-scoring bonus point wins to date. However, they were far more impressive in their opening fixture, when they crossed the Cheetahs line six times on their way to a runaway 57-19 win. In Round 2 they had to work far harder to overcome a dogged Griquas outfit, who led 12-6 at half-time. A second period revival did see the Bulls to a score line of 36-12.
Reigning Champions Western Province, continued their defence of the trophy last weekend, with a 9-3 win in atrocious conditions at Newlands against the Cheetahs. Conditions had been much more to their liking in Round 1, when they travelled to Kimberley, and defeated the Griquas by 43-19. The Bulls haven’t beaten Province since 2012, and were beaten three times in 2014, including the semi-final play-off defeat. The match at Loftus in 2014 was the closest result of the three meetings, with Province squeezing home by just 23-18.
Posted: 30th August 2014
The Blue Bulls are in grave danger of losing touch with the top four places in the 2014 Currie Cup table and therefore missing out on a semi-final place in the post-season chase for the coveted silverware. Their attempts to stay in touch are not made any easier this weekend with the visitors to Loftus Versfeld Stadium being the unbeaten and table topping Western Province. The home side does at least have the boost of The Currie Cup's record try scorer Bjorn Basson being fit again, and available for selection for Saturday's fixture, after missing the start of the season with an ankle injury.
Western Province have made just one change to the side they defeat The Golden Lions last weekend by 27-14, with Springbok Jaco Taute scheduled to make his first Currie Cup start for the Cape Town based side in the No. 12 jersey, in place of Michael van der Spuy who is ruled out of contention with a hamstring injury. The only other change to the match day 22 sees Taute's place on the replacements bench go to the former SA Under-20 international Pat Howard, who scored a try in the Round 1 victory against Eastern Province Kings.
Posted: 5th October 2012
On the 5th of October, which is on a Friday, Pretoria is the venue for a showdown between the Blue Bulls and Western Province at 19:10 local time and 17:10 GMT. The Blue Bulls are in sixth right now and that is from the eight games that they have had the opportunity to play. However, they were only able to win three of those games. They had no draws so far and they have five losses. That gives them fourteen points. The Griquas are right above them with one more point keeping them from being put into the last spot.
Western Province comes in at third right now, with eight games played and four games won, which leaves them with four losses. They have earned twenty points so far. The Golden Lions are in first and the Natal Sharks take second place.
Posted: 17th September 2011
The Blue Bulls and Western Province will play this weekend in Pretoria, with a match on Saturday, September 17th at 17:05 local time and 15:05 GMT. This will be the tenth Currie Cup matchup happening this season so far for all of the teams, and the Blue Bulls are down in the sixth spot in the standings. They won four out of the nine that they have played and earned twenty points so far. Western Province is all the way at the top of the standings, playing nine and winning six so far, and earning 32 points. The Lions are leading the series with 37 points.
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