The Vodacom Blue Bulls team will be looking for a strong showing against northern compatriots Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup match in Pretoria on Friday. A good win by the team could earn them a quarter-final playoff spot at home.
Five teams are still in the hunt to reach the playoffs.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls (third on 21 points, PD +88) will be aiming for a big win over the last-placed Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Friday afternoon, where they should qualify for the playoffs.
A very big victory over their northern neighbours could still see the team from Pretoria sneak into the top two on the log, should GWK Griquas not win with a bonus point. That could see the Vodacom Blue Bulls overtake the side from Kimberley on points’ difference and earn hosting rights in the quarter-final round.
The Leopards XV host GWK Griquas (second on 22 points, PD +101) in Klerksdorp on Saturday afternoon in a rematch of the 2005 final, which was when the team from the Northern Cape clinched one of their four Vodacom Cup titles.
Only the Steval Pumas, runners up in 2013, are guaranteed of a place in the quarter-finals and only a disaster will see them finish lower than in top spot.
Looking at the various permutations in this section, the Steval Pumas (currently first on the log on 27 points) need one log point from their match against the Golden Lions at Alberton Rugby Club on Saturday afternoon to ensure they finish top of the pool.
For the defending champion Golden Lions (fourth on 19 points, points’ difference of +99), a bonus-point victory in this rematch of the 2013 final will be enough to reach the playoffs yet again, but if they fail to do that, the Leopards XV (fifth on 18 points, PD +73) can still overtake them.
The team for Friday is: 15. Clayton Blommetjies, 14. Sampie Mastriet, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Jesse Kriel, 10. Tian Schoeman, 9. Lohan Jacobs, 8. Clyde Davids, 7. Reniel Hugo, 6. Wiaan Liebenberg, 5. David Bulbring (c), 4. Schalk van Heerden, 3. Hencus van Wyk, 2. Sidney Tobias, 1. Juan Schoeman. Replacements: 16. Arno van Wyk, 17. Basil Short, 18. Marvin Orie, 19. Roelof Smit, 20. Kefentse Mahlo, 21. Joshua Stander, 22. Ryan Nell.