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Griquas have Absa Currie Cup destiny in their own hands

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The ORC Griquas have their Absa Currie Cup Premier Division destiny in their own hands when they complete their Qualifier campaign this coming Saturday at home against the SWD Eagles. Kick-off is at 15h00.

As things stand at the moment, the Kimberley rugby side must win with a bonus point to secure their return to the top flight. The Leopards are snapping at the heels of the current log leaders and they are just one point behind Griquas, who have collected 21 points from their previous five matches.

Apart from winning promotion to the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division, the Qualifier winner will also have the honour of hosting defending champions DHL Western Province in the opening fixture on Friday, 7 August.

SWD enjoyed a bye last weekend and they will be fresh and eager to launch a massive challenge against the promotional hopefuls in Kimberley. However, Griquas have recovered well from their first round loss to the Border Bulldogs and have since won all four matches to put them in pole position for promotion.

Leopards travel to East London for their final qualifying fixture against the Border Bulldogs. After an impressive start to the campaign, which included that surprise win over Griquas, Border have unfortunately lost all their early momentum as a result of three successive defeats.

The East London outfit have been severely hit by injuries to key players and after suffering a 43-20 loss against the Down Touch Griffons last week in Kempton Park, the Bulldogs can brace themselves for another busy afternoon against the high-scoring Leopards.

Leopards, also, have no choice but to hunt for a bonus point win. Their only hope of overhauling the leaders is a surprise win by the Eagles over the Griquas, which would be a shock considering the recent form of these two teams.

The Border versus Leopards encounter kicks off at 14h00 and will be televised live on SuperSport 1.

The Hino Valke entertain the Griffons on Friday in 15h00 kick-off at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Although neither team can qualify for the Premier Division, the outcome remains an important one as all qualifying results are carried over into the Absa Currie Cup First Division log standings.

The final round of fixtures for the Absa Currie Cup Qualifier campaign:

Friday, 24 July 2015

Hino Valke vs Down Touch Griffons

Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Kick-off: 15h00

 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Border Bulldogs vs Leopards

Venue: BCM Stadium, East London

Kick-off 14h00

Live on SuperSport 1

 

ORC Griquas vs SWD Eagles

Venue: GWK Park, Kimberley

Kick-off 15h00