Currie Cup wide open as Bulls go down
July 26, 2004

The Currie Cup table was thrown wide open at the weekend with all three of Saturday's games producing nail biting finishes.

The Blue Bulls, who were fancied to open up a gap at the top of the table against the lowly Lions who secured the win with a Nel Fouire penalty right at the death which gave the Lions a 36-33 win.

The defeat leaves the Bulls just one point ahead of both the Cheetahs and Western Province who both narrowly won
The Cheetahs hung on for a one point against the Sharks in Durban in what was an agonising last few minutes for the home side, who saw fly half Conrad Barnard miss a kick that would have given them victory.

WP also saw their new fly half Pieter Benade fluff what should have been the match-winning kick against the Eagles in George. Benade missed a conversion and a penalty, and then slipped a drop-goal attempt wide with just a minute left on the clock. Fortunately for both WP and Benade, the fly half produced a brilliant run off the last move of the match to blitz through the Eagles defence, round the last remaining defender and clinch a four point win.

The round had opened on Friday with the Griquas producing a shock result by going to Witbank and winning 34-17, leaving the Lions as the only team to win at home in the fourth round.

Results:
Pumas 17 Griquas 34
Eagles 24 Western Province 28
Sharks 16 Cheetahs 17
Lions 36 Blue Bulls 33

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