Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs were the big losers after the final weekend of Currie Cup group stage action as they missed out on a place in the 2017 semi-finals.
The Cheetahs went down 44-17 to the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday and after the Blue Bulls beat the Pumas 52-32 on Friday night, that was enough to see the men from Bloemfontein eliminated from the competition.
Western Province, meanwhile, ended the Sharks' 10-match winning streak by emerging as 30-21 victors in Durban.
That was a result that secure's coach John Dobson's men a home semi-final.
The final log standings were as follows:
1 Sharks (47 points)
2 Western Province (37)
3 Golden Lions (35)
4 Blue Bulls (32)
5 FS Cheetahs (31)
6 Pumas (27)
7 Griquas (26)
It means that, next weekend, the semi-finals will see the Sharks hosting the Blue Bulls at Kings Park while Western Province will host the Golden Lions at Newlands.