The Argentineans won both their opening matches in commanding fashion and could find their first visit to Police Park a fruitful one if they continue with their attacking displays that yielded them 14 tries so far.
Border will find them hard to repel if they don't up their own defensive efforts, having conceded 10 tries in their two matches already. They would back their chances on attack though, as the Potchefstroom-based side have conceded eight tries so far, providing a potential chink in their armour for future opponents.
The early match will take the EP Elephants and Boland to Caledon, home of former Springbok flyhalf Errol Tobias, with both sides looking for a win, albeit for different reasons.
EP will be desperate for a first win to start an early comeback of sorts, while the home side would have been working hard on their missing defensive effort. Boland's defence in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge was rock solid, but they have already leaked 10 tries, the most in the competition along with Border and the Down Touch Griffons.
The latter will be looking to cash in on their try-scoring abilities at home, but will find in the SWD Eagles a team that don’t mind playing away from home.
The men from George drew with the Valke up in Gauteng two weeks ago and clearly do not mind travelling north for a crack at their opponents at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium. In Shario Rosenkrantz (wing), the Eagles have the leading try-scorer in the competition.
The Jaquares XV, SWD and Valke are the only teams with a positive points’ difference at this stage, but that could change when the Gauteng side take the N12 down to Potchefstroom to face the ever-improving Leopards at Olën Park.
The home side will be boosted by the return of the likes of Eugene Hare and Lungelo Gosa, who represented the SA Students Sevens team in Italy a week ago, as well as SA Rugby Sevens Academy representative Luwi Mngadi, and will need that spark to get into the top four on the log.
The Valke have shown some good attacking skills this year and this match could prove to be highly entertaining and very competitive, as matches between these two teams inevitable tend to be.
Fixtures for Saturday, 20 July 2019
Boland v EP Elephants
Venue: Caledon Sports Grounds, Caledon
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Leopards v Valke
Venue: Olën Park, Potchefstroom
Referee: Ruhan Meiring
Down Touch Griffons v SWD
Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
Referee: Divan Uys
Border v Jaguares XV
Venue: Police Park, East London
Referee: Griffin Colby
Leading points’ scorers:
Martin Elias (Jaguares XV) – 30 points
Anrich Richter (Valke) – 20
Shario Rosenkrantz (SWD) – 20