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With a week of league action left, no team will go into the Vodacom Cup play-offs unbeaten after the Sharks XV and the Pumas' impressive winning runs came to an end over the weekend.

Five teams have booked their places in the quarterfinals - the Pumas and Blue Bulls in the North Section, and the Sharks XV, defending champions Western Province and Pampas XV in the South Section.

Three teams will fight it out for the last two play-off spots in the North - the Leopards XV, Griquas and Golden Lions.

And in the South, the final place in the top four will go to the EP Kings or the Free State XV, with situation not looking good for the latter.

On Friday, the Golden Lions kept alive their chances of reaching the quarterfinals by beating the pace-setters in the North Section, the Pumas, by 23-14 in Nelspruit.

It was an inspired performance by the Golden Lions to beat the table-topping team from Mpumalanga at the Mbombela Stadium, with their flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff contributing 13 points through a flawless kicking display, which included a good drop-goal. Flanks Jaco Kriel and Derick Minnie, who will tour with The Sharks to Australasia in the next month, scored the visitors' tries.

The EP Kings reversed a 12-point half-time deficit to beat the Sharks XV by 27-23 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, all but assuring the team from Port Elizabeth a place in the quarterfinals.

The hosts scored three tries in the second half tries as they handed the Sharks XV their first defeat of the season.

Also in the South Section, the Border Bulldogs ended their losing spell when they beat the Boland Cavaliers by 26-25 in East London on Friday. The difference was a late penalty goal by Karlo Aspeling after both teams had scored three tries apiece at the Buffalo City Municipality Stadium.

The Pampas XV managed to fend off a spirited second-half fightback by the Free State XV to win a thrilling Vodacom Cup encounter by 38-32 in Stellenbosch on Saturday, while Western Province got a bonus-point in their 34-27 win over the SWD Eagles in the Strand.

In the North Section, Griquas stretched their winning streak over the Leopards XV to eight matches when they won an entertaining match between these two teams by 32-26 in Kimberley on Saturday. The result saw the Northern Cape team move to fourth on the log, while the Leopards XV dropped down to third on the standings.

The Blue Bulls beat their northern brothers, the Limpopo Blue Bulls, by 110-0 in Lephalale on Saturday. Flyhalf Willie du Plessis scored 40 points - including converting 15 of his team's 16 tries - for the Pretorians as the men from Far North suffered their fourth defeat by more than 100 points this season.

The Griffons kept alive their slim hopes of reaching the quarterfinals thanks to a hard-earned 17-6 win over the Falcons at the North West Stadium in Welkom on Friday.

All the scores and scorers:

EP Kings 27-23 Sharks XV:

Scorers:

EP Kings:
Tries:
Dukisa, Grey, Willemse
Cons: Dukisa, Van Zyl 2
Pens: Dukisa, Van Zyl

Sharks XV:
Try:
Alexander
Pens: Zeilinga 6

Pampas XV 38-32 Free State XV:

Scorers:

Pampas XV:
Tries:
Montero, Bruno, Cubelli, Barrea 2
Cons: Iglesias 5
Pen: Iglesias
 
Free State XV:
Tries:
Prinsloo 3, Tom, Scheepers
Cons: Watts 2
Pen: Watts

Griquas 32-26 Leopards XV:

Scorers:

Griquas:
Tries:
Schoeman, Stemmet, Coetzee, Karemaker
Cons: De Wet 3
Pen: De Wet
DG: De Wet

Leopards XV:
Tries:
Pretorius, Skorbinski, Lusaseni, Kruger
Cons: Pretorius 3

Western Province 34-27 SWD Eagles:

Scorers:

WP:
Tries:
Smid, Notshe, Klaasen, Van Wyk
Cons: Coleman 4
Pens: Coleman 2

SWD Eagles:
Tries:
Bock, Wagman, Luckman, Du Plessis
Cons: Taljard 2
Pen: Taljard

Limpopo Blue Bulls 0-110 Blue Bulls:

Scorers:

Limpopo Blue Bulls:
None

Blue Bulls:
Tries:
Snyman 2, Liebenberg, Greyling 2, Blommetjies, Van Wyk, Ismaiel 2, Mastriet, Skosan 2, Du Plessis 2, Jansen van Rensburg, Van der Walt
Cons: Du Plessis 15

Pumas 14-23 Golden Lions:

The scorers:

Pumas:
Tries:
Speckman, Herne
Cons: Bezuidenhout, Van Wyk

Golden Lions:
Tries:
Minnie, Kriel
Cons: Boshoff 2
Pens: Boshoff 2
DG: Boshoff

Griffons 17-6 Falcons:

Scorers:

Griffons:
Tries:
Nortje, Mbotho
Cons: Graaff 2
Pen: Graaff

Falcons:
Pens:
Kotze 2

Border Bulldogs 26-25 Boland Cavaliers:

Scorers:

Border Bulldogs:
Tries:
Seerane, Muir, Mkhafu
Con: Sabbagh
Pens: Aspeling 3

Boland Cavaliers:
Tries:
Gerber, Pretorius 2
Cons: Croy 2
Pens: Croy 2

Standings:
(Under headings - games played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, points difference, tries for, tries against, bonus points and log points)

North Section
1 Pumas 6 5 0 1 385 103 282 57 12 5 25
2 Blue Bulls 6 4 0 2 346 149 197 47 19 7 23
3 Leopards XV 6 4 0 2 261 129 132 35 15 4 20
4 Griquas 6 3 0 3 256 154 102 38 23 5 17
5 Golden Lions 6 3 0 3 159 151 8 22 17 4 16
6 Griffons 6 3 0 3 123 156 -33 17 20 1 13
7 Falcons 6 2 0 4 132 229 -97 17 35 1 9
8 Limpopo Blue Bulls 6 0 0 6 29 620 -591 3 95 0 0
 
South Section
1 Sharks XV 6 5 0 1 233 135 98 28 13 4 24
2 Western Province 6 4 1 1 167 116 51 21 16 4 22
3 Pampas XV 6 4 1 1 207 146 61 26 18 3 21
4 Eastern Province Kings 6 4 1 1 164 131 33 18 16 2 20
5 Free State XV 6 2 0 4 158 149 9 20 16 7 15
6 South Western Districts 6 1 0 5 128 177 -49 15 21 5 9
7 Boland Cavaliers 6 1 1 4 128 229 -101 17 28 2 8
8 Border Bulldogs 6 1 0 5 118 220 -102 14 31 1 5

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