Currie Cup: Bulls sneak into semis in Morne Steyn and Bismarck Du Plessis' final Loftus bow

Currie Cup: Bulls sneak into semis in Morne Steyn and Bismarck Du Plessis' final Loftus bow

The Cheetahs came back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Bulls 31-27 in their Currie Cup clash played at Loftus on Saturday.

In what was the final appearance at Loftus for Springbok veterans Morne Steyn and Bismarck Du Plessis, the Bulls made a flying start to the contest when they raced into 19-0 lead in 15 minutes.

Cornal Hendricks, centre Harold Vorster and scrumhalf Embrose Papier ran in tries for the hosts while Steyn converted two conversions

The Cheetahs though hit back with two tries of their own before halftime when centre David Brits and winger Daniel Kasende went over, both converted by flyhalf Siya Masuku.

The game turned just after the interval though when Bulls loose forward Elrigh Louw was shown a red card for a dangerous cleanout.

The visitors took advantage of the extra man on the pitch, scoring two quick tries through Masuku and scrumhalf Ruben Kruger.

Steyn kept the home side touch, converting two penalties, but Masuku slotted a penalty with less than 10 minutes remaining to stretch the Cheetahs advantage to four points.

The Bulls though sneak into the semifinal after picking up two bonus-points in teh defeat while the Cheetahs end on top of the table.

Western Province maul Sharks at Cpae Town stadium

Western Province ended their Currie Cup campaign with a comfortable 44-5 victory over the Sharks in Cape Town but it wasn't enough to earn spot in the semifinals.

The home team scored three tries in each half while th Sharks recorded their only points in the final minute of the game.

Hacjivah Dayimani went over the tryline twice for Province while their was further scores for Ben-Jason Dixon, Ruben van Heerden and Jarrod Taylor.

The hosts end their campaign in fifth place while the Sharks are second and have a semifinal date against the defending champions Pumas.