The Currie Cup Premier Division saw a big reshuffle of log positions after a dramatic weekend of action and results.
The Golden Lions suffered a nail-biting first defeat at the hands of the visiting Vodacom Blue Bulls on Saturday afternoon (31-26), but still managed to move into top spot of the log, albeit due to a better points difference than the Griquas, who had a bye.
The defeat in Johannesburg means that all teams have tasted losses so far in the tournament, with the gut-wrenching 27-20 defeat of the Free State Cheetahs by the Sharks in Durban consigning them to two defeats in a row.
The Bloemfontein side hung on to third place on the log, but with only two rounds of regular play left they would want to change their fortunes and pick up momentum as the playoffs loom.
The Durbanites had to win to keep their playoff hopes intact and did so with a last minute score, while the Blue Bulls also moved past the Pumas, who propped up the log.
The Nelspruit side travelled to Cape Town on Friday, where a Bok-laden Western Province side had too much to offer and won at a canter. The bonus-point win by the Cape side moved them into fourth place on the log and right back in contention.
Jaguares XV dominates First Division
Meanwhile, the Jaguares XV do not seem to have any peers in the Currie Cup First Division after earning their sixth-consecutive win of the competition on Saturday with a massive win over the Valke. They are cantering away with ease on the overall log, leaving a clustered bunch of contenders fighting for the other playoff spot.
The Griffons, Valke, EP Elephants, Leopards and Boland are all chasing the second spot on the log, after the Welkom, Port Elizabeth and Potchefstroom sides registered important wins over the weekend.
A full summary of scorers and results can be found here.
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