The young Golden Lions upset the apple cart with an impressive 29-20 win over a seasoned Western Province at Ellis Park on Sunday.
The looming storm clouds - which ironically interrupted played through a typical Highveld thunderstorm just before the half-time break - should have been the first sign that the visitors faced doom.
The visitors from Cape Town did not heed the warning - racing into a 10-3 lead and held a 17-10 advantage at the break.
However, once the youngsters from Johannesburg - with half the team still qualified to play age-group rugby - got into their groove they scored three unanswered second-half tries.
Not only did he result push the Lions back into the top four, with just one round of league action to go, but it saw WP leave Johannesburg without any points to show.
While the Sharks have secured first place in the standings, only two points separate Province in second place (32) and the Lions in fourth (30).
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Man of the match: Huw Jones tested the Lions' defence and Robert du Preez dominate the game in the first half. Harold Vorster and Rohan Janse van Rensburg formed a very effective combination, Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a sublime try, Ashlon Davids produced his usual bag of trick and Marco Jansen van Vuren's service was back to the usual high quality we've come to expect of him. Jo Hanko de Villiers showed plenty of promise and Robbie Coetzee made a massive impact off the bench. However, the real magic came from Sevens Springbok Albertus Smith, who wins our award.
For the Golden Lions:
Tries:Mahuza, Dyantyi, Kruger, Van der Walt
Cons: Van der Walt 2, Davids
Pen: Van der Walt
For Western Province:
Tries:Carr, Du Preez
Cons: Du Preez 2
Pens: Du Preez 2
Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Albert Smith, 7 Jo Hanko de Villiers, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacques van Rooyen (captain), 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 22 Jan-Louis la Grange, 21 Bradley Thain, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 19 Robert Kruger, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 16 Robbie Coetzee.
Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 Craig Barry.
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Paul Mente
TMO: Pro Legoete