CityPress - - Sport - Western Prov­ince left it late but got the job done as they played them­selves into an unas­sail­able po­si­tion to top the Cur­rie Cup log at the Free State Sta­dium in Bloem­fontein yes­ter­day.

Western Prov­ince Tries:

Juan de Jongh (2), Scarra Ntubeni, Kobus van Wyk



Chee­tahs Tries: Wil­lie du Plessis, Jou­bert En­gel­brecht, Pi­eter Labuschagne, Fran­cois Ven­ter

Wil­lie du

Ca­trak­ilis (2)


Plessis (3)


A cru­cial er­ror with two min­utes to go de­flated a brave Free State ef­fort as a pass that went to ground let Prov­ince wing Kobus van Wyk race away for his team’s bonus­point try.

Both teams scored four tries, but Demetri Ca­trak­ilis’ ac­cu­rate goal­kick­ing made the cru­cial dif­fer­ence.

In Dur­ban on Fri­day night, the Lions slipped up in their bid for a home semi­fi­nal when they lost 26-23 to the Sharks at Kings Park. The Lions were ham­mered at the break­down by ref­eree Pro Le­goete as sub­sti­tute Fred Zeilinga, who came on after Paul Jor­daan was in­jured in a late tackle, goaled seven penal­ties to boost the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons’ bid to keep alive a slim chance of a home semi­fi­nal.

The Lions outscored the Sharks by two tries to one but couldn’t over­come the in­ter­mit­tent in­cre­ments of three points off Zeilinga’s boot.

In Mbombela, the Bulls whipped the Pu­mas 37-6; and in Kim­ber­ley yes­ter­day, the Gri­quas thrashed the hap­less Kings 45-25.

Sev­eral sce­nar­ios could still play out in the fi­nal round of league fix­tures:

Western Prov­ince on 39 points have qual­i­fied top of the log no mat­ter what the out­come of their fi­nal match against the Sharks.

The Lions on 31 points have to beat the Chee­tahs at El­lis Park on Satur­day night for a home semi­fi­nal.

The Sharks in third place on 29 points are as­sured of qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but play­ing Prov­ince ahead of the Lions at New­lands will want to put pres­sure on the Joburg­ers and per­haps still fin­ish sec­ond.

The Bulls in fourth place on 23 points need to win against the Gri­quas to qual­ify, but can no longer earn home ad­van­tage.

Demetri Ca­trak­ilis (3), Kurt Cole­man (1)

Du Plessis (1)

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