Mathematically al seven the teams in the Currie Cup competition can still qualify for the semi-final playoffs, although the chances of the bottom teams are of course extremely remote.
This follows after the Currie Cup Premier Division saw a big reshuffle of log positions after round five of the country's premier domestic competition delivered a dramatic weekend of action and results.
SA Rugby Communications in their following Currie Cup wrap, report that the Golden Lions suffered a nail-biting first defeat at the hands of the visiting Blue Bulls at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday afternoon (31-26), but managed to move into top spot of the log, albeit to a better points' difference than Tafel Lager Griquas, who had a bye.
The defeat of the Joburg pride means that all teams tasted defeat so far in the tournament, with the gut-wrenching 27-20 defeat of the Free State Cheetahs to the-Sharks in Durban consigning them to two defeats in a row.
The Bloemfontein side hung onto 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 play-offs loom.
The Durbanites had to win to keep their play-off 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 45-14 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
In the Currie Cup First Divisionthe 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 running away with ease on the overall log, leaving a clustered bunch of contenders fighting for the other play-off 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 is here.
Scoring summaries Premier Division (match reports can be accessed by clicking on the relevant summary match link):
Sharks 27 (17), Cheetahs 20 (12)
Sharks: Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Aphelele Fassi. Kobus van Wyk. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (2), Rhyno Smith. Penalties: Bosch. Drop goal: Bosch.
Cheetahs: Tries: Joseph Dweba, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Carel-Jan Coetzee. Conversions: Louis Fouche. Penalties: Fouche.
Golden Lions 26 (12), Blue Bulls 31 (18)
Golden Lions - Tries: Shaun Reynolds, Stean Pienaar, Pieter Jansen, Penalty Try. Conversions: Reynolds (3).
Blue Bulls - Tries: Cornal Hendricks, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Manie Libbok. Conversions: Manie Libbok (2). Penalties: Libbok (4).
Western Province 45 (31), Pumas 14 (7)
Western Province – Tries: Seabelo Senatla (2), Sergeal Petersen, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Justin Philips, Ernst van Ryhn, Ruhan Nel. Conversions: Josh Stander (3), Jean-Luc du Plessis (2).
Pumas: Tries: Alwayno Visagie, Chris Smith. Conversions: Chris Smith (2).
The current Premier Division log standings are here.
The current First Division standings are here.