Western Province produced the performance of the weekend in the latest Bankfin Currie Cup action with a crushing 68-24 victory over Nashua Griquas.
WP ran in ten tries in their record-breaking win with Eagon Seconds grabbing a hat-trick at Absa Stadium.
The only black mark on the holders performance was the ill-discipline. Referee Jonathan Kaplan yellow carding debutant centre Jean de Villiers late in the first half and fullback Percy Montgomery and centre Marius Joubert in the second.
Flyhalf Chris Rossouw was the star of the show grabbing 23 points for his team via a try and nine out of nine conversions.
Tries: Paul de Koker (2), Hedley Wessels, Bertus Heunis;
Conversions: Quintin van Tonder (2)
Tries: Eagon Seconds (3), Percy Montgomery, Marius Joubert, Jean de Villiers, Bolla Conradie, Chris Rossouw, Bobby Skinstad, Daan Human; Conversions: Rossouw (9)
The Free State Cheetahs continued their strong showing in this year’s competition beating the Falcons 47-15.
The Cheetahs outscored thier hosts by seven tries to two and the win keeps the top of their group.
Flyhalf Kennedy Simba stole the show with two tries, two penalties and two conversions.
Free State 47:
Tries: Hendro Scholtz, Gerrie Britz, Friedrich Lombard, Rassie Erasmus, Kennedy Tsimba (2), Boela du Plooy; Conversions: Tsimba (2);
Penalties: Tsimba (2), Conrad Barnard
Tries: Jacques Booysen, Adrian Jacobs; Conversion: Ruan Coetzee;
Boland Cavaliers ran out winners 44-19 against the Griffons at Boland Stadium.
Fullback Leon van den Heever notched to keep his sides hopes of making the ext pahse alive.
Tries: Randell Julies, Leon van den Heever (3), Daniel Philander, Fabian Brandt, Wayne Julies;
Conversions: Van den Heever (2), Pieter O’Neill;
Penalty: Van den Heever
Tries: Louis Strydom, Malcolm Malan; Penalties: Slang Roux (3)
In the most eagerly anticipated clash of the round the Blue Bulls and the Natal Sharks battled to a 17-17 draw.
The see-saw match ended with flyhalf, Jaco van der Westhuyzen slotting a penalty with five minutes remaining to level the scores.
The result means both teams have booked their places in the Currie Cup top eight.
Blue Bulls 17:
Try: Dries Scholtz; Conversion: Jaco van der Westhuyzen;
Penalties: Van der Westhuyzen (4)
Tries: Stefan Terblanche and penalty try;
Conversions: Butch James (2);
On Friday night the Eagles furthered their chances of progressing with a 37-10 triumph over the Leopards.
They also grabbed an important bonus point in the process but the win was in doubt until a late flourish carried them home.
Flyhalf Rynhard Van As contributed 22 points to the Eagles total.
Tries: Pietie Meyer, Werner Lessing
Tries: Jaco Gouws, Willie Nagel, Rynhard van As, Riaan Thomas; Conversions: Van As (4);
Penalties: Van As (3)
Elsewhere on Friday flyhalf Louis Koen slotted home a 52-metre penalty in injury time to give the Lions a 36-35 win over the Pumas.
Tries: Pierre Uys (2), Danie Saayman, Brent Russell;
Conversions: Marius Goosen, Franco Smith (2);
Penalties: Goosen (2), Smith
Tries: Wikus van Heerden, Andre Vos, Jacque Fourie, Willem Stoltz; Conversions: Louis Koen (2);
Penalties: Koen (3); Drop-goal: Koen