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Sharks and Province remain on top

The Sharks and Western Province are both on 24 points at the top of the Currie Cup log.

Natal Sharks' Marcell Coetzee. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Sharks have shown why they are at the top of the Currie Cup log beating the Free State Cheetahs 50-26 in today's match in Durban.

The Sharks came out the block flying and scored their first try in the first four minutes of the game through SP Marais. In the rest of the half Lwazi Mvovo and Heimar Williams both went over for tries and in reply, Raymond Rhule pulled one back for the Cheetahs before the break.

In the second half, the Sharks continued to dominate most facets of the game and scored four more tries through Mvovo, Tim Whitehead, Keegan Daniel and Cobus Reinach. The Cheetahs only managed one second half consolation try by AJ le Roux.

In the second game on Saturday, the Lions beat the Blue Bulls 35-26 to move to third on the log. The Lions scored five tries to claim a bonus point as well. The tries were scored by Andries Coetzee, Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer, Jacques van Rooyen and Marnitz Boshoff.

The Blue Bulls also managed a four-try bonus point with two tries by Bjorn Basson and one each for Rudy Paige and Francois Venter, but they still found themselves in trouble at the end of the game with only one point separating them from the bottom of the log.

On Friday evening, Western Province had to settle for a 19-13 victory over Griquas at a wet Newlands. The only Province try came courtesy of Nic Groom and for the Griquas, Nico Scheepers scored while the rest of the points came from the kicking boots.