The Sharks, who take on the Lions in Durban on June 10, top the table by a point from the Cheetahs thanks to the try-scoring bonus point they picked up during their 38-13 win on Friday night.
The Cheetahs provide the opposition for the Lions in Bloemfontein four days earlier than the Sharks, with Western Province challenging the Lions exactly a week later. Current form suggests the tourists will face a tough week-and-a-half as they prepare for the First Test against the Springboks on June 20.
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ABSA Currie Cup results
Western Province 26-17 Blue Bulls
Cheetahs 22-18 Lions
Valke 36-30 Griquas
Sharks 38-13 Kavaliers
Lions 7-21 Blue Bulls
Sharks 28-25 Western Province
Valke 42-48 Kavaliers
Griquas 16-20 Cheetahs