It was four wins for all the hosts in round 3 of the Currie Cup, with holders Pumas and Cheetahs staying unbeaten, and the Lions getting on the board, but the Vodacom Bulls and Griffons are still winless.
The Lions opened the weekend’s third round action on Friday with a morale-boosting 41-26 comeback win over Griffons. That encounter was followed by the big clash in Bloemfontein where log-leaders, the Cheetahs, defeated the Bulls 32-7 and after that, the Pumas claimed a 28-13 win over the Griquas in Nelspruit.
The weekend’s last game was staged on Sunday afternoon in Durban, where the Sharks outscored their coastal rivals Western Province by 20-7 for the Durbanites’ second victory of the competition.
After three rounds, the Cheetahs still top the league table with a full house of 15 points, one more than the second-placed Pumas. The Sharks move into third spot on 10 points while WP move down a spot although they also have 10 points, but a weaker points’ difference.
The Lions (eight points), Griquas (five), Bulls (one) and Griffons (no points) complete the standings.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s round-four action, the Griffons host the Bulls in Welkom on Friday (3pm), before the Cheetahs and the Pumas clash in Bloemfontein (5:o5pm). On Saturday, the Lions welcome the Sharks to Ellis Park (3:30pm), with curtain coming down when WP and Griquas lock horns in Cape Town (7:15pm).