The race is on for a place in the final of the Vodacom Cup, with the Falcons taking on the Bulls in the pick of the weekend’s fixtures. Michael Vlismas reports.
With just 13 points separating the Falcons in first place and the Pumas in 10th, there is still plenty to play for going into the second half of the competition.
The Falcons top the log by three points from the impressive Wildebeest and will look to continue their outstanding form when they host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Brakpan on Saturday.
John Williams and his team know they have only done half the job this season and are wary of a severe backlash from a Blue Bulls team still hurting after last weekâ€™s defeat to the Boland Cavaliers.
The men from Pretoria havenâ€™t been at the top of their game this year but are still a threat in third place on the log.
The Wildebeest are chasing the Falcons and with a game in hand have the pressure squarely on the log leaders. Swys de Bruinâ€™s men host the Vodacom Cheetahs at the Absa Stadium on Saturday.
The Natalians have been a breath of fresh air this year, winning five games from six playing a complete brand of rugby.
The game in Wellington between the Boland Cavaliers and the Leopards on Saturday could turn out to be the match of the weekend.
Both teams are playing winning rugby at the moment, the former having gone unbeaten in three games and the latter in five.
Cavaliers fullback Justin Peach became the Vodacom Cupâ€™s leading points scorer of all time (428 points) last weekend after passing Kennedy Tsimbaâ€™s 418 points, and his team will once again rely on the redhead to kick crucial points.
Leopards fullback Anvor Schooney has also been outstanding, scoring 50 points this season.
Saturdayâ€™s other game is a basement battle between the Border Bulldogs and the Eagles in Grootbrak Rivier.
This is the second of three community matches this season, aimed at exposing a wider audience to the game. The build-up to this mach will also include several coaching clinics as a means of empowering local coaches in the area.
The Eagles have not won a game in six attempts, while the Bulldogs have won just once this season.
On Friday night, Griquas host the Lions in Kimberley with the defending champions looking unlikely to retain their title in a season that has yielded just 10 points from six games to date.
The Lions scored a morale-boosting win over the Griffons last week and will need to continue this form if they are to have any chance of making the final on May 20.
In Friday nightâ€™s other game, a free-falling Pumas travel to Port Elizabeth to play the Mighty Elephants who are desperate to end a losing streak that has extended to four games.