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The Blue Bulls will expect to take a massive stride towards the play-offs when they visit the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit in Round 6 of the 2016 Currie Cup on Saturday. The Bulls occupy third position in the table going into this week's fixtures, with 15 points from five matches. Giving them a three point advantage over fifth place Lions, but having played a game more. The Bulls two defeats this season have come against the top two sides, the Cheetahs and the Sharks, and both came on the road. They have however, won all three home matches, including a vital 31-17 success against the Lions last week.

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The Pumas have lost all four games that they have played this season, and it would be a major surprise were they to derail the Blue Bulls play-off charge. Despite being in eighth place and winless, the Pumas have managed to secure five bonus points during the course of the season. They will have looked on their two most recent fixtures as winnable contest, but have gone down narrowly to the Griquas 35-41 and then the Cavaliers 22-25. The Blue Bulls won the 2015 clash between the sides in Nelspruit by 25-24.

Posted: 9th October 2015

 

The Blue Bulls have been in the top two of the 2015 Currie Cup table all season, but it isn't until the final match of the regular season, when they travel to take on the Pumas, that they will have the chance to finally clinch a home semi-final. If they beat the Pumas on Friday, then they will secure a home semi-final against the reigning Champions, Western province (WP). The Pumas own hopes of sneaking the fourth and final place in the semi-finals, was brought to an end last weekend, when they played out a stunning draw with the Cheetahs, a fixture that ended 37-37. Although they have won only lost one of their four home games in 2015, that was by the substantial margin of 11-41 to the Lions in Round 4. The only game in Port Elizabeth, in which they have faced any of the top three in the ladder.

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After starting the season with five successive wins, the Bulls suffered a two week blip, which saw them lose to the Lions and Western Province. Defeats that have ensured their top two finish has remained unsecured as yet. Having played WP twice this season, with the home side winning on both occasions, the Bulls will be eager to secure home advantage against their rivals in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Posted: 3rd October 2014

 

The Pumas host the Blue Bulls at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday in what is not a winner takes all fixture in Week 9 of the 2014 Currie Cup, but is a loser loses all. The two sides are currently in fifth and sixth positions respectively on the table, with just the top four qualifying for the post-season semi-finals. The Free State Cheetahs have possession of the all important fourth place at present, but lead the Pumas on points difference only, with the Blue Bulls just a single match point behind their two rivals. While the winners of the game in Nelspruit will go into the last week of the regular season with their hopes of making the knockout stage of the tournament still alive, the losers will see their season effectively ended.

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The Pumas are on a run that has seen them slump to three successive defeats, from which they have taken just one losing bonus point, as they have slipped down the table. The Blue Bulls on the other hand, have gained three of their four victories in this season's tournament, in the last four weeks. Which has dragged them from the position of also rans, into play-off contenders.


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Posted: 10th September 2016


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