Currie Cup

Currie Cup First Division Review – Round 7

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The Eastern Province Kings will go into the second round of league matches in the Currie First Division with a handy six-point lead after seeing off closest rivals the Leopards in a hard-fought battle at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

The Kings finish the first round of seven matches in the expanded, eight-team competition as the only unbeaten side, and they lead the standings with 30 point, ahead of the Leopards, on 24, and the Pumas, who move up to 23 following their comprehensive 67-34 away win over early pace-setters the Griffons in Welkom on Saturday.

In Saturday’s other matches, the SWD Eagles moved up to fourth thanks to an impressive 47-22 win in Kempton Park over the luckless Valke, who are seventh.

Defending champions the Boland Kavaliers picked up their second win in a row after losing their opening five matches, squeezing home 39-32 over the bottom-dwelling Border Bulldogs on a day on which the visiting teams made a clean sweep.

The Griffons, after leading the standings early on, slip to fifth after their third defeat, while the Kavaliers climb to sixth.

Currie Cup First Division Log – After Round 7:

TEAM P W L D PF PA TF TA BP -7 BP T Pts
EP Kings 7 6 0 1 240 112 27 13 0 4 30
Leopards 7 5 2 0 259 190 32 22 0 4 24
Pumas 7 4 2 1 256 181 31 22 1 4 23
SWD 7 4 2 1 206 186 24 22 0 3 21
Griffons 7 4 3 0 187 212 25 28 1 4 21
Boland 7 2 4 1 210 183 27 25 3 2 15
Valke 7 1 6 0 185 298 27 38 1 4 9
Border 7 0 7 0 126 307 17 40 2 2 4

Top 10 point-scorers – After Round 7:

PLAYER T C P D PTS
George Whitehead 3 16 14 0 89
André Pretorius 0 19 10 2 74
Elgar Watts 4 13 7 0 67
Karlo Aspeling 3 12 5 1 57
Reinhardt Erwee 3 7 8 0 53
JC Roos 0 13 9 0 53
Carl Bezuidenhout 4 5 4 0 42
Elric van Vuuren 3 6 5 0 42
Jacquin Jansen 4 2 5 0 39
Allister Kettledas 7 0 0 0 35

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