The Wildebeest cemented their place at the top of the Vodacom Cup log, but had to rely on a last minute penalty for an 11-9 victory over the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington on Saturday.
It took a penalty by Wildebeest flyhalf Steve Meyer in the dying moments of the game to secure the visitors a victory that keeps them well on track at 44 points atop the log.
The Natalians are now five points clear of the Falcons, whose recent resurgence puts them in second place on the log after the Vodacom Blue Bulls suffered a shock loss to the Lions at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
The Bulls went down 31-8 to the Lions, a defeat which sees them slip into third place on the log and put a serious damper on their hopes of making the final.
Possibly the match of the weekend had little bearing on the log, with Vodacom Western Province thrashing the Eagles 70-15 in George.
Western Province wing Egon Seconds scored four tries â€“ securing his hat-trick in the first half â€“ amidst the 11 in total that his team ran in against the lowly Eagles.
Seconds scored as early as the fifth minute to begin his try fest.
The win lifted Western Province into fifth place on the log on 30 points, while the Eagles chalked up their ninth defeat in 10 matches and remain second last on the log.
Boland Cavaliers 9 (9)
Penalties: Justin Peach (3).
Wildebeest 11 (5)
Try: Jaco Gouws. Penalties: Steve Meyer (2).
Vodacom Blue Bulls 8 (5)
Try: Marius Delport. Penalty: Len Olivier.
Lions 31 (11)
Tries: James van der Walt, Louis Ludik, Edrick van Tonder. Conversions: Quintin van Tonder (2). Penalties: Van Tonder (4).
SWD Eagles 15 (15)
Tries: Rynhard van As, Sergei Pietersen. Conversion: Van As. Penalty: Van As
Vodacom Western Province 70 (48)
Tries: Egon Seconds (4), Sarel Potgieter, Leon Karemaker, Lungilo Payi, Shandre Frolick, Zahier Ryland, Schalk Ferreira, Morgan Newman. Conversions: Potgieter (6). Penalty: Potgieter