Currie Cup Round Five Review

By Doug Mattushek - 11 August 2019Views : 616

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.

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 manage to move into top spot of the log, albeit to a better points' difference than 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 Vodacom 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 on a canter. The bonus-point win by the Cape side moved them into fourth place on the log and right back in contention.