Western Province recorded their third successive Vodacom Cup win after a 30-25 victory over the EP Kings on Saturday.
After opening triumphs over Boland (51-22) and the Sharks XV (17-15), WP had to overcome a 19-11 half-time deficit to down the EP Kings in Cape Town. Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis starred with the boot in the comeback win as he kicked six penalties and added one conversion for a personal tally of 20 points.
In Pretoria, the Blue Blues delivered a strong second-half performance to thrash the Golden Lions 49-10. The hosts ran in six tries. Flyhalf Tony Jantjies (younger brother of Lions pivot Elton Janjies) scored 24 points via one try, five conversions and three penalties.
The Sharks XV won big in Bloemfontein as they thumped Free State 51-38, while there were also wins for Boland, the Pumas, defending champions Pampas XV and the Valke.
Vodacom Cup results (round three):
WP 30 (11) – Tries: Ederies Arendse, JP du Plessis. Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis. Penalties: Catrakilis (6).
EP Kings 25 (19) – Tries: Andile Witbooi, Scott van Breda. Penalties: Justin van Staden, Van Breda. Drop goal: Van Breda.
Blue Bulls 49 (18) – Tries: Basil Short, Jurgen Visser, Ruan Snyman, Tony Jantjies, Ulrich Beyers, Vincent Koch. Conversions: Jantjies (5). Penalties: Jantjies (3).
Golden Lions 10 (3) – Try: Anthony Volmink. Conversion: Marais Schmidt. Penalty: Schmidt.
Free State 38 (17) – Tries: Francois Uys, Kholo Ramashala, Leroy Bitterhout (2), Marcel van der Merwe. Conversions: Riaan Smit (5). Penalty: Smit.
Sharks XV 51 (25) – Tries: Chris Cloete, Gouws Prinsloo, Jean Deysel, Sibusiso Sithole, Wandile Mjekevu. Conversions: Gouws (4). Penalties: Gouws (6).
SWD Eagles 26 (16) – Tries: Elric van Vuuren, Lyndon Hartnick, Michael Vermaak (2). Conversions: Van Vuuren (2).
Boland 46 (20) – Tries: Penalty Try, Brendon April, Franzel September, Jonathan Francke, Nolan Clark, PJ van Zyl, Zandre Jordaan. Conversions: Elgar Watts (4). Penalty: Watts.
Griffons 12 (5) – Tries: Nicky Steyn (2). Conversion: Reinhardt Erwee.
Pumas 43 (22) – Tries: Coenie van Wyk, Deon Scholtz, Jaco Bouwer (2), JW Jonker, Wilhelm Loock. Conversions: JC Roos (5). Penalty: Roos.
Border 20 (20) – Tries: Logan Basson, Gareth Krause. Conversions: Louis Kruger (2). Penalties: Kruger (2).
Pampas XV 46 (15) – Tries: Bruno Postiglioni, Javier Rojas (3), Mariano Galarza, Rodrigo Bruno. Conversions: Benjamin Madero (5). Penalties: Madero (2).
Valke 31 (12) – Tries: Anrich Richter, Bradley Fortuin, Kyle Hendricks, Marco Kotze, Sino Ganto. Conversions: Juan Kotze (3).
Leopards 28 (14) – Tries: Adriaan Engelbrecht (3), Berty Visser. Conversions: Andre Pretorius (4).