Six of the eight teams are still in a realistic position on the log to make it into the top four and such is the unpredictability of results that a number of changes on the log, especially mid-table can be expected.

The Bulls Daisies remains the pacesetters, but there can be no doubt that DHL Western Province are on the surge and with Sanlam Boland Dames worthy of top three status.

With the Sharks Women on the rebound, Border Ladies’ proven abilities and Free State Women improving every week, some exciting action awaits in the next month or so.

Round eight will see four rematches from earlier in the season, as the teams face each other for the second time in the tournament.

The Daisies will not only have home ground advantage at Loftus Versfeld when they face the Border Ladies in the televised game of the weekend, they also have the knowledge of their opponent's weaknesses and how to exploit them.

Coach Hayden Groepes has moved Vainah Ubisi back to lock after she played on the flank in recent weeks, with her fellow Springbok Sintelitha Noxeke making a return to action after injury.

On paper, the defending champions just seem too strong, but you underestimate the Border Ladies at you own peril, as DHL Western Province realized a couple of weeks ago.

The WP side of course was the only one yet to topple the Daisies and their match against the Sharks Women in Durban will an interesting clash of styles.

The Capetonians’ very promising flyhalf, Anja le Roux, will start in the No 10 jersey for the first time in senior rugby and her distribution skills will be key to unlock the most potent backline in the competition.

The Sharks will be without Mary Zulu, who is on international duty with the SA Student Sevens. They will miss their Springbok flyhalf, but such is the confidence the home side found in recent weeks that they will be a tough team to break down.

The Golden Lions Women secured their only win of the season against the EP Queens in the opening round of the competition and will be keen to repeat that in order to stay relevant on the log.

The Gautengers have selected a strong pack again and it could be another long afternoon for the home side at Wolfson Stadium, where the inclement weather in the region could also play a role.

The Queens will be desperate to get that first win and will be targeting the Lions, who are also struggling to get their season going.

The match-up between Free State Women and Sanlam Boland Dames at Grey College in Bloemfontein will be an interesting one. The home side have shown that they are a tough nut to crack in Bloemfontein and Boland will be smarting after a poor performance in Durban last weekend.

Thomas Chowles, the visitors’ coach, has made several changes to his squad and the proof will be in the pudding if those will be the right ones. The Free State backline is one that can match the Boland outside backs for pace and their counter-attacking abilities pose a serious threat to the Dames’ big pack.

Match information:

Bulls Daisies v Border Ladies
Date: Saturday 8 June 2024
Venue: Loftus Versfeld
Kick-off: 12h05
Referee: Bulela Qwane
TV: SuperSport Variety 3

Sharks Women v DHL Western Province
Date: Saturday 8 June 2024
Venue: Hollywoodbets Kings Park B-field, Durban
Kick-off: 13h00
Referee: Aneka Fick

EP Queens v Golden Lions Women
Date: Saturday 8 June 2024
Venue: Wolfson Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay
Kick-off: 13h00
Referee: Angie Bezuidenhout

Free State Women v Sanlam Boland Dames
Date: Saturday 8 June 2024
Venue: Grey College A-field, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15h00
Referee: Siyanda Pikoli
Livestream: SA Rugby YouTube Page