The fixtures have been announced for the first two days of the Craven Week taking place in Middelburg from 14 – 19 July. The remaining fixtures will be determined at the end of each day’s play on a strength vs strength basis.
‘Defending champs’ Western Province will square off against the Pumas in the main game of Day 1. The teams met on Day 1 last year when centre Daniel du Plessis ran in four tries to give Province a 40 – 24 win. The Pumas, who will host this years event, will be out for revenge in what should be a cracker of a match.
Day 2′s main event is between Free State and the Golden Lions. The teams met on Day 4 in 2013 in what was essentially a semi-final which saw the Lions sneak a dramatic 20 – 19 win. Grey College are the top ranked team in the country and should provide the bulk of the Free State squad.
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Day 1, Monday 14 July:
Limpopo Blue Bulls v Griquas CD
Eastern Province CD v Zimbabwe
Griffons v Border
SWD v KwaZulu Natal
Pumas v Western Province
Day 2, Tuesday 15 July:
Griquas v Border CD
Namibia v Leopards
Valke v Boland
Blue Bulls v Eastern Province
Golden Lions v Free State
SWD: 15 Ruan Barnard (Oakdale), 14 Corné de Klerk (Outeniqua), 14 Corné de Klerk (Outeniqua), 12 JT Jackson (Oakdale), 11 Shadward Fillies (Sao Bras), 10 Boeta Hamman (Oakdale), 9 Domenic Smit (Oudtshoorn), 8 Nevada Jacobs (Langenhoven Gym), 7 Armand Heunis (Oakdale), 6 Christopher Roelofse (Outeniqua), 5 Eduan Zandberg (Outeniqua), 4 Anton Smit (Outeniqua), 3 Wynand de Necker (Outeniqua), 2 Le Roux Baard (Outeniqua), 1 SW Odendaal (Oakdale)
Replacements: 16 Vogien Talmaggies (Oakdale), 17 Andrew Kuhn (Outeniqua), 18 Roux Swart (Outeniqua), 19 Adré Smith (Oakdale), 20 Levuju Ndevu (Outeniqua), 21 Niven Langdown (Outeniqua), 22 Manie Libbok (Outeniqua).