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All eyes will be on battle in Bloemfontein


Both teams have shown fantastic form so far this season

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The central section clash between Free State XV and Tafel Lager Griquas highlights another week of thrilling action in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

Meanwhile, the Cell C Sharks XV will host the Leopards on Saturday in Piet Retief.

And in Worcester, Esselen Park will be where the Boland Cavaliers and Western Province lock horns.

All eyes will be on Friday’s clash in Bloemfontein though, as both teams showed fantastic form so far this season. They last met in Rustenburg and on that occasion, a missed conversion stood between Griquas and a great comeback win over the Free State XV.

The Kimberley side are by far the most attacking in their group, and have scored 36 tries already. They will be tested though, as the Free Staters have only conceded 18 tries in six matches at an average of three per match, way below the average of 10 tries scored per match.

The Free State XV pack had the upper hand in Rustenburg, which helped their loose trio combination to flourish, but when the Kimberlites managed to free up their backs, they started clawing their way back into the match, with try-scoring ace Enver Brandt pouncing at every opportunity.

Three more matches will be played on Friday.

In Pretoria, the Blue Bulls will host the Valke, Wits University will host the Golden Lions XV in their clash against Namibian visitors, Welwitschias.

The weekend’s fixtures are:


3pm: Golden Lions XV vs Welwitschias

3pm: Blue Bulls vs Valke

6pm: Free State XV vs Griquas

7pm: Border Bulldogs vs SWD Eagles


2.15pm: Boland Cavaliers vs Western Province

5pm: Sharks XV vs Leopards