Namibia’s rugby fifteen, the Welwitschias, will tomorrow be out in search of a first Currie Cup First Division victory when they take on visiting South African outfit Eastern Province at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital.
The Welwitschias, who scored 59 points against the Griffons away in South Africa last weekend despite suffering a seven-point defeat, will this weekend continue to hunt their maiden Currie Cup First Division victory, and playing at home should be good enough reason for them to throw everything in the way of the visitors with the hope of securing a victory.
The two sides met last time in the Currie Cup qualifiers last season, with the Port Elizabeth side emerging 31-18 victors but this weekend will be a whole different ball game.
The Namibian squad comprises of local players with many of the youngsters eager to showcase their talent for the first time in the Currie Cup and will thus be expected to put their best foot forward to rise to the occasion.
In other action, the Boland Cavaliers will have their sights set on registering back-to-back victories when they meet the Leopards in Montagu on Saturday, but they will face a visiting side driven by the desire to earn their first win.
The Leopards have a solid track record against Boland, as they have won all their match-ups in the tournament since 2013 with a score of 45 points or more in all but one of these games. But Boland come off a morale-boosting bonus-point win in the opening round and they will be determined to build on that in their first home game.
The Griffons and Valke, meanwhile, will look to build winning momentum after opening up their campaigns with confidence-boosting wins. Interestingly, the hosts in clashes between these sides in the last three seasons have emerged victorious every time, while the sides also met in the 2014 final. Both teams delivered exciting attacking performances last week, but they also conceded a large number of points. The Currie Cup is South Africa’s premier domestic rugby union competition, played each winter and spring, featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces. Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891.
The tournament is also regarded as the cornerstone of South Africa’s rugby heritage and the coveted gold trophy remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby.
The eight Currie Cup First Division teams will all have one goal in mind in the second round of the competition this weekend – to find their form and build momentum early on.
– Additional info: Sport24