Vodacom WP defend proud home record
15/07/2010
Vodacom Western Province have not conceded a home defeat to the Xerox Lions since 2005 and will aiming to defend this record when these sides meet up in week two of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup at 15h00 on Saturday. The hosts have recorded five victories over their opponents from Johannesburg during the last five years at Newlands. Former Xerox Lions lock Anton van Zyl who represented the Gauteng side in 33 games, will make his 50th Absa Currie Cup appearance for WP against his former team.

The last time the Xerox Lions beat WP was in the last game of the round robin phase in 2009, when they secured a 27-25 win at Coca-Cola Park. Western Province did not concede a home league defeat in the Absa Currie Cup last year.
 
History will also be on the side of The Sharks on Saturday when they host the Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Absa Stadium Durban at 17h00.
The defending champions have only achieved defeated their KwaZulu-Natal opponents twice during their last 10 fixtures. The last time the Bulls were victorious in Durban, was back in 2006 when they secured a 50-32 win over the Sharks.
 
These teams contested the Absa Currie Cup final in 2008. On that occasion it was The Sharks who triumphed in their 14-9 win over the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban.
 
The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs will be aiming to record their first home victory of the season on Friday when they host the GWK Griquas at Vodacom Park at 19h00.
 
Naka Drotske's men lost their first match of the season, at home against Vodacom Western Province last Saturday, while the team from Kimberley stunned The Sharks last weekend.
 
The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs conceded two home defeats in their first two Absa Currie games last season - one being against the GWK Griquas, and will be determined to secure their first win in 2010.
 
In the other Absa Currie Cup Premier Division game of the weekend, the Pumas and the Platinum Leopards will battle it out in Witbank on Saturday at 15h00.
 
Both teams conceded defeats last weekend and will be aiming to record their first win of the season at the Puma Stadium.
 
Vodacom Western Province's recent form at home:
  • The hosts only recorded one home defeat - an Absa Currie Cup semi-final loss to the Vodacom Blue Bulls - during last year's competition.
  • In 2008, Vodacom Western Province suffered only one defeat, against The Sharks.

    Xerox Lions' recent form on the road:
  • The Xerox Lions achieved two away wins against the Platinum Leopards and the Boland Kavaliers in the 2009 Absa Currie Cup.
  • The visitors defeated the GWK Griquas, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Valke and Platinum Leopards in the 2008 competition.

    Match/ player stats:
  • Vodacom Western Province lock Anton van Zyl will earn his 50th Absa Currie Cup cap on Saturday. He previously represented the Xerox Lions in 33 games and will achieve his 17th cap for the Cape side against his former side.
  • Vodacom Western Province flyhalf Willem de Waal has scored 1233 points in his Absa Currie Cup career.
  • WP and SA Sevens star Fabian Juries has already scored 50 tries in the competition. (Mighty Elephants 39, Free State 7, Griffons 4).
  • SA Under-20 centre Jaco Taute and flyhalf Elton Jantjies, who represented the Baby Boks at this year's IRB Junior
  • World Championship in Argentina, were involved in the Xerox Lions' victory over the Platinum Leopards last weekend.
  • Xerox Lions centre Marius Delport played in his 50th Absa Currie Cup game last Saturday after representing the Vodacom Blue Bulls in 49 previous games.
  • Former SA Under-20 flanker Rynardt Elstadt and flyhalf Lionel Cronje both made their debuts for Vodacom Western Province against the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last Saturday.
  • Franco van der Merwe played in his 50th Absa Currie Cup game for the Xerox Lions on Saturday.
  • Jaco Peyper, who officiated at the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina, will handle this game featuring Vodacom WP and the Xerox Lions.


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