GWK Griquas edged the Ford Pumas in a one-point thriller in Witbank to remain the only unbeaten team in the North Section of the Vodacom Cup, while DHL Western Province, also undefeated, still lead the southern pack.
Rudi Vogt kicked a late penalty goal for GWK Griquas – a feat Tiaan Marx of the Ford Pumas could not emulate two minutes later – as the team from Kimberley beat the Mpumalangans by 21-20 on Saturday.
At DHL Newlands in Cape Town, a last-minute try by Martin Landajo of the Pampas XV saw the defending Vodacom Cup champions from Argentina clinch a humdinger by 30-27 over the Regent Boland Kavaliers on Saturday.
This try, the Pampas’ third, broke Boland hearts as the Argentineans erased a 27-13 deficit in the final 25 minutes.
DHL Western Province won their fourth consecutive game of the season as Kurt Coleman contributed 16 points in their 31-7 victory over the Border Bulldogs in a cold and wet East London on Saturday. Coleman scored two tries and added three conversions.
Also on Saturday, the Vodacom Blue Bulls scored their second victory of the season when they beat a gallant Leopards side by 28-15 in cool and windy conditions in Potchefstroom, with the home side scoring a consolation try, by Johann Laker, on the stroke of full time.
On Friday, the Sharks XV overcame a brave performance by the SWD Eagles in the second half in Durban before winning by 38-20 after going into the break comfortably ahead by 33-6. The home side scored six tries to two, but struggled to keep their structure in the second stanza following a number of replacements.
The EP Kings slowly built momentum in their clash with the Toyota Free State XV and ended up winning this clash in the South Section quite comfortably, by 36-22, in a cold and wet Port Elizabeth on Friday.
It was the Kings’ third win of the season as they cemented their place in the top four of the log en route to the playoffs, but for the men from Bloemfontein, their third defeat of the season saw them finish the weekend in sixth spot.
The biggest victory of the weekend belonged to the MTN Golden Lions, who crushed the winless Griffons by 71-26 in Johannesburg on Saturday. The home team, who got hammered by the Vodacom Blue Bulls last weekend, scored 11 tries, the most in a single match thus far this season.
All the scorers:
Sharks XV 38 (33) SWD Eagles 20 (6)
Sharks XV – Tries: S’bura Sithole, Cobus Reinach, Gouws Prinsloo, Rosko Specman, Brynard Stander, Lubabalo Mtembu; Conversions: Prinsloo (4).
SWD Eagles – Tries: Jeffrey Taljaard, Lubabalo Mtyanda; Conversions: Deroy Roode, Raynor Becker; Penalty goals: Elric van Vuuren (2).
EP Kings 36 (18) Toyota Free State XV 22 (10)
EP Kings – Tries: Boetie Britz, Andile Witbooi (2), Jacques Engelbrecht. Conversions: Noel Oelschig (2). Penalty goals: Scott van Breda (2), Oelschig (2).
Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Philip Burger, Marcel van der Merwe, Elandre Huggett. Conversions: Riaan Smit (2). Drop goal: Smit.
MTN Golden Lions 71 (24) Griffons 25 (6)
MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Robert de Bruyn, Ruan Combrinck, BJ Moolman (2), Paul Willemse, Ruan Dreyer, Etienne Oosthuizen, Anthony Volmink (2), JR Esterhuizen (2). Conversions: Marais Schmidt (6), Guy Cronje (2).
Griffons – Tries: Japie Nel, Virgil Russel, Martin van Wyk. Conversions: Tiaan van Wyk (2). Penalty goals: Reinard Erwee (2).
Border Bulldogs 7 (0) DHL Western Province 31 (17)
Border Bulldogs – Try: Rynardt van Wyk; Conversion: Louis Kruger.
DHL Western Province – Tries: Kurt Coleman (2), Nic Fenton-Wells, Nic Groom, Don Armand; Conversions: Coleman (3).
Leopards 15 (8) Vodacom Blue Bulls 28 (20)
Leopards – Tries: Joubert Engelbrecht, Johann Laker; Conversions: Andre Pretorius; Penalty goals: Andre Pretorius.
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Jono Ross, Sampie Mastriet, Jan Serfontein; Conversions: Tony Jantjies (2); Penalty goals: Tony Jantjies (3).
Ford Pumas 20 (12) GWK Griquas 21 (11)
Ford Pumas – Try: Deon Scoltz; Penalty goals: JC Roos (5)
GWK Griquas – Tries Jean Stemmet, Marnus Schoeman; Conversion: Rudi Vogt; Penalty goals: Vogt (3).
Pampas XV 30 (13) Regent Boland Kavaliers 27 (17)
Pampas XV – Tries: Ramiro Moyano, Tomas Cubelli, Martin Landajo. Conversions: Santiago Iglesias (3). Penalty goals: Iglesias (3).
Regent Boland Kavaliers – Tries: Franzel September, Shanan van der Merwe, Brandon April. Conversions: Elgar Watts (3). Penalty goals: Watts (2).