Earlier on Saturday, the Steval Pumas scored seven tries in their 47-33 win over the Hino Valke to secure third sport in the North Section and due to a superior points’ difference, finished best of the third-placed teams, of which two will qualify as well.
The DHL WP (39 log pints) finished top in the South, followed by EP (25), while Tafel Lager Griquas (35) topped the Central section, with the Cell C Sharks XV (29) in second place. The Kimberley side scored a 49-35 win over the Down Touch Griffons on Friday, while the Natal team beat Toyota Free State XV 52-7 in Bloemfontein.
The Xerox Golden Lions XV (36), who dramatically edged past the Vodacom Blue Bulls (29) on Friday, topped the North Section, with their Pretoria neighbour finishing second, thanks to a better points' difference that thee Steval Pumas, who also finished on 29 points. The Nelspruit side qualified as the next best team due to their number of log points.
The eighth-placed team came down to points' difference. The Toyota Free State XV and Border both finished on 22 log points, but the Bloemfontein team (-48) sneaked in with the narrowest of margins due to a better points' difference than that of Border (-49).
The Eastern Cape side, who had a bye this weekend first had to witness being pipped by EP on the log and then saw themselves losing out again to the central heartland side due to the points' difference criteria.
The final venues and fixtures of the quarterfinals will be confirmed as soon as the logistics have been confirmed by all stakeholders.
By Farai Diza