The Super Rugby league phase wrapped up with a string of derbies as the playoff contenders polished their weapons for next week’s quarter-finals.
The Lions topped their 2016 league campaign, locking down homefield advantage throughout the playoffs by beating the Sharks in Durban to overtake the Crusaders into first place on the overall standings.
On the other end of the scale, the Bulls finished 2017 with a home loss against the Stormers and the dubious distinction of being South Africa’s worst team this season.
The Kings hosted the Cheetahs in a showdown between two teams set to be relegated from a contracted competition in 2018, and flyhalf Niel Marais goaled a late penalty to give the visitors a 21-20 victory at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
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