The scramble for semifinal places in the Absa Currie Cup First Division is expected to force the competition to a new level of competitiveness this weekend as the teams attempt to make the most of the three remaining pool matches.
With a 15 point lead at the top of the standings, the Pumas have already sealed their home semifinal and will be guaranteed the top spot on the log if they secure one more point in their remaining matches. The Pumas will also go top if the second-placed EP Kings fail to win their remaining matches without bonus points.
Hard work awaits the Kings as they are one of four teams chasing the three remaining semifinal spots, with only six points separate them from the fifth-placed Regent Boland Cavaliers on the log standings. This means one of the teams will lose out in a few weeks. This is expected to motivate the teams significantly to make their presence felt.
In the big match-ups on Friday the Regent Boland Cavaliers host the EP Kings in Wellington and the SWD Eagles go up against the Steval Pumas in George.
The Leopards, meanwhile, take on the Down Touch Griffons in Potchefstroom in a match the home team will target for a bonus-point win to keep them in contention for a semifinal berth, while the Border Bulldogs meet the Valke in East London.
In Wellington, the EP Kings will start their clash against the Regent Boland Cavaliers as
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