The Xerox Lions jumped two spots into second position on the Carling Currie Cup log with a great victory over the Cell C Sharks, while the Toyota Cheetahs kept alive their semi-final aspirations with a hard-fought fourth round win over the Phakisa Pumas.
The Vodacom Bulls’ match with Tafel Lager Griquas was cancelled, with both teams earning two log points, but the movement at the top of the standings means the next couple of rounds of action will be massively important as the teams jostle for home ground advantage in the playoffs.
The Xerox Lions will be smiling after they broke a three-year Carling Currie Cup win drought against the Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg on Saturday night, keeping the visitors try-less in the process.
On Friday night in Nelspruit, the Phakisa Pumas came close to a vital win, but in the end more accurate goal-kicking by the experienced two-time Springbok Rugby World Cup-winner Frans Steyn saw the Toyota Cheetahs home.
With three rounds to go before the semi-finals, the Vodacom Bulls still top the table with 35 points, but after this weekend, the Xerox Lions are now second on 29, followed by the Cell C Sharks (28), DHL Western Province (26) and the Toyota Cheetahs (21) – with the latter three teams having a game in hand over the Gautengers – with the Phakisa Pumas (12) and Tafel Lager Griquas (7) propping up the table.