The Bulls host arch-rivals the Western Province in the feature Currie Cup fixture on Wednesday evening in Pretoria, while there are also matches scheduled for Kimberley and Nelspruit as the second half of the Premier Division season gets underway.
The North versus South derby kicks off at 20:00 at Loftus Versfeld and is the last of the day’s three encounters.
The Pumas host the Lions in the first match of the day in Nelspruit, where kick-off is scheduled for 15:30, and that game is followed by the Griquas against Sharks clash in Kimberley, starting at 17:45.
The Cheetahs have a bye, while all of Wednesday’s action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.
At the halfway stage of league phase of the competition and with all teams having completed six games, the unbeaten Cheetahs top the standings with 26 points.
Bulls are chasing a third title in a row
The Free Staters – champions in 2019 – currently enjoy a one-point lead over defending champions the Bulls, who are chasing a coveted third Currie Cup crown in a row.
The Sharks (18 points) and Griquas (15 points) occupy positions three and four, respectively, in the race for the four semi-final spots.
Getting Wednesday’s action underway will be the fifth-placed Pumas, who are playing at home against the seventh-placed Lions, and the Lowvelders will no-doubt be eager to add a second scalp in as many games following their 37-11 away win over the WP in the previous round.
Last year, Jimmy Stonehouse’s team managed to beat the Lions 39-10 in Nelspruit and 36-33 in Johannesburg. On current form and with a solid win over WP under their belt, the Pumas should feel confidence of extending their winning streak over the team from Gauteng.
Next up is the match in Kimberley, where Griquas entertain the Sharks, and both teams will be eager to consolidate their semi-final ambitions.
Travelling to Kimberley is always tricky for any side, so the Durbanites will have to be at their best if they are to topple their Northern Cape hosts, who had a bye in the previous round.
These two sides clashed three times last year, with each one bagging a league win before the KwaZulu-Natalians managed to edge the Peacock Blues 28-24 in their 2021 semi-final clash in Durban.
The Bulls are on a mission to make it three competition wins in a row, and they host arch-rivals WP knowing they’ve had the measure of their Cape Town opponents in their previous four meetings.
After WP stunned the men in light blue jerseys 48-21 in Pretoria in the opening round of the 2021 competition, the Bulls turned the tables 34-21 in the return clash and also beat Province by 34-31 in their semi-final clash, en route to their second successive Currie Cup triumph.
In the opening round of the 2022 competition played in January, the Bulls were again too strong for Jerome Paarwater’s team as they bagged a 40-21 win at the Cape Town Stadium.
Currie Cup fixtures – Wednesday, 6 April
Pumas v Lions
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Griquas v Sharks
Venue: Windhoek Draught Park, Kimberley
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Bulls v Western Province
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Griffin Colby