Sharks prop Ntuthuko Mchunu in the Currie Cup.

Sharks prop Ntuthuko Mchunu in the Currie Cup. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Currie Cup review (round 13): Sharks and Cheetahs seal home playoffs

With the Sharks and Cheetahs wrapping up the top two spots in the Currie Cup standings, three other teams will fight for the remaining two semi-final places up for grabs.

Sharks prop Ntuthuko Mchunu in the Currie Cup.

Sharks prop Ntuthuko Mchunu in the Currie Cup. Photo: SA Rugby website.

The Sharks and Cheetahs claimed important wins to secure home ground advantage for the Currie Cup semi-finals, while the Bulls and Griquas bolstered their playoff bids in the penultimate round of the tournament.



The KwaZulu-Natalians beat the Lions on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division log. Joey Mongalo’s charges are two points clear of the Cheetahs in the standings, and one win away from earning the right to host a potential final.

The Cheetahs proved too strong for the Pumas in Nelspruit on Saturday. The Free Staters have moved 10 points clear of their rivals in the Currie Cup standings. No matter what happens in the final round, they will not be caught by the chasing pack.

Indeed, the Pumas will do well to qualify for the playoffs from here. While Jimmy Stonehouse’s defending champions currently sit in third position, but only five points separate them and the team ranked seventh on the log – namely the Lions.

The Bulls continued their incredible run when they put 10 tries past the Griffons on Friday – with David Kriel scoring a hat-trick. The bonus-point win – as well as the improved points’ difference – sees the men from Pretoria moving up to fourth place.

ALSO READ: Currie Cup — Who are the defending champions?

Griquas claimed yet another win against Western Province on Friday, and improved their own chances of advancing to the Currie Cup playoffs. They currently sit in fifth place – just a single log point behind the Bulls.

While WP will lament the loss in Kimberley, they did manage to secure a bonus point for scoring four tries. The upshot is that the Capetonians are three log points behind Griquas, and four points behind the Bulls. If they win their final match and other results go their way, they may sneak into the Currie Cup playoffs.

The Lions failed to pick up a bonus point in the loss to the Sharks. If they win big in their final game against the Griffons, and if some of the other teams who are yet to qualify lose their respective matches, they could also potentially advance to the knockout rounds.


The Currie Cup premier division trophy.
The Currie Cup Premier Division trophy. Photo: SA Rugby.