EP Kings need fire as divi­sion heats up

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

THE EP Kings will have to man up de­fen­sively against the Bor­der Bull­dogs this af­ter­noon at the De Wet Sta­dium in Despatch if they want to reg­is­ter a first Cur­rie Cup First Divi­sion win.

In three out­ings, the bot­tom-of-th­elog Kings have leaked 148 points in matches against the Boland Cava­liers, Wel­witschias and the Leop­ards.

But Bor­der have found the going tough as well so far this sea­son and are also with­out a win af­ter three out­ings.

The last time the sides met in the Cur­rie Cup First Divi­sion was in 2013, with Eastern Prov­ince vic­to­ri­ous in all their match-ups be­tween 2011 and 2013.

It is ex­pected that the in­ten­sity of the First Divi­sion will es­ca­late this week­end, as the com­pe­ti­tion en­ters the sec­ond half and the scram­ble for log po­si­tions builds.

In Potchef­stroom, the Leop­ards will push to ex­tend their win­ning run to three matches when they take on the Wel­witschias, of Namibia.

Both sides have been in fine at­tack­ing form, with the Leop­ards hav­ing scored a min­i­mum of 42 points in each of their matches and the Wel­witschias 47, although the Namib­ians have won only one match out of three.

But with the Leop­ards hold­ing the sec­ond best de­fen­sive record in the first three rounds, the vis­i­tors will have to work hard for a vic­tory.

To­day’s clash be­tween the SWD Ea­gles and Fal­cons in Ge­orge is ex­pected to be ex­cit­ing, given the close calls be­tween the sides in the last two sea­sons.

The East Ran­ders have won three of their last four matches, but the games were de­cided by five points or less.

The vis­i­tors from Gauteng come off a vic­tory which they will want to build on, but SWD will be de­ter­mined to re­turn to their win­ning ways at home.

To­mor­row, the Grif­fons will have their sights set on ex­tend­ing their win­ning run to four matches when they go up against the Boland Cava­liers in Welling­ton.

The hosts, how­ever, have won two of their three matches this sea­son, which will give them con­fi­dence against the log lead­ers – de­spite the Down Touch Grif­fons hav­ing won three of the last four matches be­tween the sides.

Boland, how­ever, came out tops in their last home game in the com­pe­ti­tion, in 2015, and they will go all out to re­peat that feat.

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