In Pretoria, the Vodacom Blue Bulls had to come from behind to beat a determined Golden Lions side 26-20.
Flyhalf Kobus Marais, who was drafted from the Under-19 side following Tony Jantjies' elevation to the Absa Currie Cup side, had a fantastic debut, contributing 21 points in the match where both sides scored two tries, but the four penalties Marais kicked proved decisive.
The first 20 minutes was a straight shoot-out between Marais and MTN Golden Lions sharp shooter, Marais Schmidt.
Marais opened the scoring with a penalty and when Schmidt replied, Marais scored a converted try.
Tries by Golden Lions flanker Kwagga Smith and winger Peter-John Walters edged the visitors into a 17-13 score at the break.
The second half was all Blue Bulls. Hencus van Wyk scored after 50 minutes and after some re-enforcements in their pack, the home side applied all the pressure. Marais kicked two more penalties, but Schmidt kicked a late penalty to give his side a well-earned bonus point.
Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 26 (13). Tries: Kobus Marais, Hencus van Wyk. Conversions: Marais (2). Penalties: Marais (4).
MTN Golden Lion Under-21 s 20 (17). Tries: Kwagga Smith, JP Walters. Conversions: Marais Schmidt (2). Penalties: Schmidt (2).
Their try-scoring abilities edged the Kwazulu-Natal Under-21 side ahead of rivals DHL Western Province, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Toyota Free State and MTN Golden Lions in a tightly contested Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship, but there is still a lot to play for in the coming weeks.
The East Coast side have so far scored 23 tries in their four matches, including nine in Potchefstroom last Friday as they brushed the Leopards aside in a very impressive 62-18 win, helping them to pick up valuable bonus points along the way.
After notching up four wins the KZN Sharks side have 16 log points, with WP (15), the Blue Bulls and Free State (both 14) and Golden Lions (10) all within a win from the top spot.
With KZN taking on WP this weekend and the Blue Bulls hosting Free State, there will again be log movement in a week's time.
•The Vodacom Blue Bulls continued to lead the charge in the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship this past weekend as they extended their unbeaten run to four matches, while DHL Western Province ended their losing streak.
The Blue Bulls reigned supreme against the MTN Golden Lions in a table-topping clash at Loftus Versfeld with the side edging through for a 15-12 victory, while Western Province thrashed Border 62-0 at Newlands and the Sharks defeated the Leopards 24-17 in Potchefstroom.
The Lions’ defeat marked their first in the series, while Western Province’s victory ended a three match losing streak.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 15 (3) MTN Golden Lions 12 (5)
The first half at Loftus Versfeld proved to be a tight tussle as log-leaders, the Vodacom Blue Bulls and MTN Golden Lions threw everything at each other.
Such was the closeness of the match the first points were scored in the 30th minute with Lions fullback Barend Herbst crossing the tryline.
Their ill-discipline, however, handed the home team three shots at goal, but flyhalf Juan-Phillip Smith converted only one two minutes before the break to trail the Lions 5-3.
The Lions again had the first say in the second half as No8 Jano Venter powered his way over the tryline and Brandan Hewit converted to hand the team a 10-5 lead.
But two tries by the Blue Bulls in the last 20 minutes, one of which was converted by Smith, allowed the team to stretch their unbeaten run in the series to four matches.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 15 (3) – Tries: Jean Droste, Pierre Schoeman. Conversion: Juan-Phillip Smith. Penalty: Juan-Phillip Smith.
MTN Golden Lions 12 (5) – Tries: Barend Herbst, Jano Venter. Conversion: Brandan Hewit.