Whitehead heads the points scorers standings
Defending First Division champions the Boland Cavaliers picked up their first win of the season in spectacular style.
The front-runners and last year's beaten finalists, the EP Kings, extended their lead at the top of the standings despite a high-scoring Nelspruit stalemate in the latest round of action from the expanded, eight-team competition.
The Kings drew 30-30 with the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday and now have a six-point advantage over the chasing pack in what is rapidly becoming an intriguing race for First Division honours – something which wasn't always the case in the old, six-team format.
In Friday's other match, the SWD Eagles picked up their third win with a 20-13 victory in George over early pacesetter the Griffons.
In Saturday's matches, the Cavaliers, who went into the match with four losses and a draw, rediscovered their form at their alternate home ground of Boland Park in Worcester with a 12-try, 79-26 hammering of the Falcons, while the Leopards were equally merciless in the familiar surroundings of Olën Park when they outgunned the Border Bulldogs 53-28 – a result which moves the men from Potch to second on the table as the halfway stage approaches.
Round Six results and scorers:
Pumas 30-30 EP Kings
Fullback JC Roos kept his cool under immense pressure as he kicked a touchline conversion to salvage a draw for the Pumas in their First Division match against the EP Kings at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday.
The Kings had dominated the first 50 minutes of the match in impressive fashion, making a compelling argument that they are a team on the rise, as they built a formidable 27-9 lead.
But they then suffered a dramatic fade-out in the last half-hour that certainly leaves more questions than answers about their ability to perform on bigger stages than the country's second division.
The Pumas, playing in front of their home crowd - which looked sparse in the massive Mbombela Stadium - produced a rousing, passionate comeback and it was the boot of Roos that ensured they came away with a share of the spoils.
Roos kicked with authority throughout, succeeding with all six of his shots at goal, including the conversion from the touchline after the final hooter that secured the draw.
Tries: Tiaan Marx, Renaldo Bothma, JW Jonker
Cons: JC Roos 3
Pens: Roos 3
Tries: Marcello Sampson, Hannes Franklin, David Bulbring
Cons: George Whitehead 3
Pens: Whitehead 3
SWD Eagles 20-13 Griffons
The SWD Eagles held off a strong second-half fightback by the Griffons to seal a tight victory in their First Division clash at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday.
The hosts scored all their opening-period points inside 18 minutes thanks to tries from Alshaun Bock and Grant Kemp.
A one-sided encounter was well on the cards at that stage, but the match took a dramatic twist after the restart when the Eagles were reduced to 13 men – paving the way for a strong comeback via scores from Hansie Graaff and Nicky Steyn.
However, the Griffons fell just short and in the process missed the chance to make up ground on the log-leading Eastern Province Kings.
The Eagles on the other hand stayed in fifth place, but their performance was far from convincing in front of their home fans.
They made a flying start to the match and were ahead just four minutes in when winger Bock crossed for the opening try, which was converted by Elric van Vuuren.
Fullback Van Vuuren added a penalty moments later, before the lead was stretched to 17-0 shortly before the first quarter mark when prop Kemp bulldozed his way over for another converted score.
But the Eagles then seemed to go to sleep, with the visitors coming out firing after the restart, and it needed a late penalty from home fullback Elric van Vuuren to make sure of the win.
Tries: Grant Kemp, Alshaun Bock
Cons: Elric van Vuuren 2
Pens: Van Vuuren 2
Tries: Nicky Steyn, Hansie Graaff
Pen: Tiaan van Wyk
Boland Cavaliers 79-26 Falcons
The Boland Cavaliers played some thrilling rugby as they thrashed the Falcons in front of 5,000 passionate fans in Worcester.
With Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer in attendance for the national team's squad announcement after the game, the Cavaliers used their backline to great effect, strolling through for 12 tries. It has to be admitted, however, that they were up against an exceptionally naive Falcons defence.
Boland also used the rolling maul superbly to score four of their tries, two of them going to captain and flank Franzel September.
Tries: Zandre Jordaan, PJ van Zyl, Neil Papier 2, Mziwamadoda Yako, Franzel September 2, Elgar Watts, Cornal Hendricks 2, Brendon April 2
Cons: Watts 5, Ricardo Croy 3
Tries: Nico Pretorius, JC Greyling, Jaco Oosthuizen 2
Cons: Karlo Aspeling 2, Juan Kotze
Leopards 53-28 Border Bulldogs
Flanker Phillip de Wet ran in four tries to help the Leopards ease to a comfortable victory over the Border Bulldogs in their First Division clash at Olën Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
The home side ran in seven tries in total with Joubert Engelbrecht, Danie Dames and Gerhard Nortier also crossing.
Flyhalf Andre Pretorius kicked 18 points in total, while the visitors managed to reply with four tries of their own, including one from their number 10, Jannie Myburgh, as part of a 13-point haul.
It all means that the Leopards are back in second position on the log after slipping down the table over the preceding 24 hours due to some of their rivals having played earlier.
However, they are now just six points behind the log-leading Eastern Province Kings, who stumbled to a draw against the Pumas this weekend, ahead of the two clashing in Port Elizabeth this coming week.
But the Leopards will be buoyed ahead of that clash following a result that never looked in doubt once they found their rhythm and stride towards the end of the first quarter.
Tries: Philip de Wet 4, Joubert Engelbrecht, Gerhard Nortier, Danie Dames
Cons: Andre Pretorius 6
Pens: Pretorius 2
Tries: Ruan Jacobs, Lesley-Dean Luiter, Jannie Myburgh, Gareth Krause
Cons: Jannie Myburgh 4
Standings (under headings games played, won and points):
EP Kings 6 5 26
Leopards 6 4 20
Griffons 6 4 20
Pumas 6 3 18
SWD 6 3 16
Boland 6 1 10
Falcons 6 1 9
Border 6 1 6
Top points scorers:
80 - George Whitehead (three tries, 16 conversions, 11 penalties)
67 - Elgar Watts (four tries, 13 cons, seven pens)
62 - André Pretorius (19 cons, six pens, two drop-goals)
54 - Karlo Aspeling (three tries, 12 cons, four pens, one dg)
53 - Reinhardt Erwee (three tries, seven cons, eight pens)