Unless there’s a disruption on the cards, the top three teams in the Currie Cup should continue to march as the league returns this weekend.
The table-topped Sharks, second-seeded Cheetahs and third-seeded Bulls are all expected to win against the Pumas, Lions and Griquas, respectively.
The Sharks take on the Pumas on Friday night in Mbombela and the tournament form team should have too much firepower, despite playing in the Pumas’ backyard.
Since their narrow opening win against the Griquas, the Sharks have found their groove, beating the Western Province and the Lions and entering the game undefeated and with a lot of momentum.
The Pumas, on the other hand, have only won one win in their four games and will go head-to-head after two comfortable defeats and will have to be at their best and hope the visitors have a bad night if they win one.
The Cheetahs are arguably title favorites this season and should have no trouble knocking the lions off the table in their cat fight in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
It’s been completely opposite seasons for the two sides thus far, with the Cheetahs comfortably winning three out of three and the Lions losing all three.
Despite their solid form, the Cheetahs haven’t quite hit their stride yet, which is a terrifying thought considering they’ve won all three of their games in double digits.
The Lions will do well to keep in touch with the home side and make it a game as their young brigade comes face-to-face with a number of current and former Springbok players.
The Bulls may have their toughest game of the weekend as they face the Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
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The Bulls racked up a race in the league, winning their first two games with bonus points, before being defeated by the Cheetahs and then parting ways.
They are eager to win again against the Griquas and will be favorites as they should have a few URC reinforcements for the game.
The Griquas have shown this season that they are an extremely competitive squad, pushing the Cheetahs and being a point ahead of the Sharks in their losses, but have come back with home wins over the Pumas and Western Province.
They’ll be happy to add another big scalp to their collection when they face the Bulls and it should be an entertaining encounter between the two teams.