Three action-packed games were played on Saturday, with 20 tries scored between the six sides, with the Cell C Sharks contributing seven in their 47-19 victory over Tafel Lager Griquas in Durban.
The first match of the day, in Nelspruit, was a ding-dong affair, but in the end the Xerox Lions – with Tiaan Swanepoel (fullback) leading the charge – won their fifth straight Carling Currie Cup match, by 33-25, over a fired-up Phakisa Pumas side.
And in Bloemfontein, the drama reached boiling point as Tim Swiel slotted his final and seventh penalty goal on the stroke of full-time to steer DHL Western Province to a 31-29 win over the Toyota Cheetahs, moments after the home team launched a stunning comeback.
With the rescheduled clash between the Vodacom Bulls and Xerox Lions at Loftus Versfeld taking place on Wednesday, 6 January (16h00), and one round of action remaining thereafter, the top four teams have been decided, with home ground advantage in the semi-finals still up for grabs.
The Vodacom Bulls are still at the top of the standings with 35 points, although they have two games to play, while DHL Western Province (also on 35 points but their points difference of +56 is lower than the men from Pretoria’s +112), will contest the playoffs with the Xerox Lions (33, points difference +61) and the Cell C Sharks (33, points difference +30).
The Toyota Cheetahs (27), Phakisa Pumas (12) and Tafel Lager Griquas (7), meanwhile, will be aiming to finish the season on a high next weekend.