In a closer than the 34-24 scoreline suggests match, the Sharks completed a first ever home-and-away win double against the Bulls in u19 competition history. Last week the Sharks became the first of the 2018 teams to book a semifinal berth. Two more points from their remaining three games would secure an all-important home semi for the Durban based union’s juniors.
The Lions turn around continued with a 41-32 victory. They made it four wins from four matches when they turned the tables on Province, who beat them in the first round. The Lions now find themselves a solitary point behind the Bulls in the race for a home semi. However with EP and Leopards still to come, the Bulls are firm favourites to collect a full house of 10-points and end on 44, a number that’s mathematically impossible for the Lions to get to.
Western Province also have odds on bankable wins against EP and the Leopards coming, so good money is on them getting to at least 36 points and more if they beat the Sharks at home. That should be enough to see them into the playoffs. A home semi is out of their reach though.
The Lions are yet to secure a post season place. Their next game against Free State is a crucial one. Free State can still make the semi-finals but they will to collect close to maximum points and hope the Lions stumble very badly in their last regular season match against the Sharks, to stand any kind of chance.
Home team EP had their best result of the season, going down 19-38 to the Leopards. Given the Leopards RU’s publicised financial woes, which went as far as suggesting they would forfeit away games in the senior Currie Cup to save on travel costs, it was a welcomed relief to see that their juniors made the long trip to PE to play.