All of this weekend’s Currie Cup First Division matches happened more or less simultaneously on Saturday afternoon at venues around the country. The first kick-off was in the Boland where Valke were the visitors.
It wasn’t a good day for the Cavaliers and Valke put on a five-try show to take a winning bonus point back to Brakpan (17-31). The result strengthened their hold on second position on the log and a probable home semifinal.
As those teams were running out for the second half, two other matches kicked off: in Potchefstroom Jaguares hosted SWD Eagles; and in Mthatha, Border Bulldogs welcomed their EP Elephants. In the first, the Argentinians ended up entertaining the crowd – more than their opponents – with a thirteen-try demolition job (83-3).
Meanwhile down in the Eastern Cape, the neighbours were not being very friendly as the visiting Elephants thumped their hosts (12-37). The six tries they scored were enough for the bonus point and to give them a sniff of a semifinal spot.
While all of that had been going on, the fourth match of the weekend had kicked off in Welkom where Griffons hosted Leopards and also collected a bonus point for the 47-28 thrashing the home side administered. However, the visitors had the consolation of a four-try bonus point.
The result is, with only two rounds remaining before the semifinals, Jaguares are five points clear and virtually certain of playing their knock-out rugby in Potchefstroom. In second and third are Valke (20) and Griffons (17) with four teams on either 11 or 12 points fighting for that last remaining semifinal spot.