National Clubs Round-up: Rovers seventh team to qualify for Cell C Community Cup

CELL C Community Cup runners-up Jonsson College Rovers became the seventh team to qualify for the 2014 tournament when they claimed their eighth straight KZN Moor Cup league title last Saturday with a 62-20 away win over Varsity College.

It was also unbeaten Rovers’ 13th consecutive win in the league, and the Durbanites now join Brakpan (Falcons), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Sishen (Griquas), GAP Despatch (defending champions), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State) and newcomers Centurion (Blue Bulls) in the second edition of SARU’s elite tournament for non-university clubs.

And in Cape Town, Hamiltons took a big step towards 2014 qualification when they completed the double over Durbanville-Bellville, winning 26-13 in a Western Province Super League A match in Green Point to go with their 48-13 away drubbing of their northern suburbs rivals in the first round in May.

Renier Marais of Durbanville-Bellville is tackled by Dugald Robertson of Hamiltons during a Cell C Community Cup qualifying match played in Green Point, Cape Town last Saturday. Hamiltons won 26-13 to move to the top of the Western Province Super League A. Photo by Roger Sedris, ImageSA.

Hammies, with 45 points, now lead the 10-team league by a single point from Durbell, with Maties and UCT in third and fourth place respectively. The two Varsity Cup sides however have the luxury of having played three matches fewer following their mid-year break, and both student outfits will want to hit the ground running after their long layoff when they face Belhar and Bellville respectively on Saturday.

Elsewhere around the country, league winners Witbank Ferro’s will host Nelspruit and Malelane will travel to Middelburg in the Mpumalanga Buscor League semi-finals on Saturday, with the final to take place at Mbombela Stadium on 10 August.

Up north, newly-crowned Falcons champions Brakpan upset Blue Bulls Carlton League winners Tuks 26-19 at their fortress of Bosman Stadium to kick off their cross-border Predator League Pool A campaign in style.

The Predator League is divided into a Cup and Plate section and features the top 24 clubs from the Leopards, Golden Lions, Falcons and Blue Bulls, including four Varsity Cup sides (Wits, UJ, Pukke, Tuks) and six Community Cup teams in Brakpan, Roodepoort, Pretoria Police, Centurion, Raiders and Rustenburg Impala.

 

Boksburg, who lost to Brakpan in the Falcons final, ran out 29-26 winners over the Blue Bulls’ Community Cup qualifiers, Centurion, while there was further drama in Pool B in Potchefstroom where NWU Pukke and Raiders drew 38-all. Rustenburg Impala beat Wits 35-32 in a nail-biting Pool C clash while UJ saw off the challenge of Pretoria Police in Pool D with a 33-22 win.

This weekend’s Premier League club fixtures from around SA (as supplied to SARU by its provincial unions):

Gauteng/North West Predator Cross-Border Super League, Saturday (Round 2):

Cup:

Pool A – Roodepoort vs Tuks. Bye: Brakpan

Pool B – Raiders vs Boksburg, Centurion vs NWU Pukke

Pool C – Oostelikes vs Wits, Rustenburg Impala vs NWU Vaal

Pool D – Pirates vs UJ, Pretoria Harlequins vs Pretoria Police

Plate:

Pool A – Springs vs Wanderers, Randfontein vs Naka Bulls. Bye: Union

Pool B – TUT vs Diggers, Alberton vs Kempton Wolves

Blue Bulls – Carlton League:

League & Cup final won by Tuks. See above for Predator fixtures involving Blue Bulls teams.

Blue Bulls Limpopo – Boet Fick Senior League, Saturday:

Letaba vs Noordelikes

Boland – Premier League, Saturday (Round 12 of 18):

Villagers Worcester vs Wellington

Hawston vs Saldanha

Robertson vs Vredenburg

Ceres vs Black Leaves

Wesbank vs Roses Utd – date TBC

Border – Premier League:

Round-robin stages completed. Quarter-finals 23/24 August.

EP – Grand Challenge, Saturday (Round 14 of 16):

Gardens vs Park

Crusaders vs Harlequins

Orlando Eagles vs Despatch

Utd Barbarians vs NMMU Madibaz

Suburban vs Spring Rose

St Marks vs SAPS

Kruisfontein vs Progress

Free State – City League:

No matches – League & Cup final won by Shimlas.

Golden Lions – Pirates Grand Challenge:

League won by Roodepoort. See above for Predator fixtures involving Lions teams.

Griffons – 1st League:

No matches – date of final between Welkom Rovers and one of Welkom or Henneman TBC.

Griquas – Super League:

No matches – League won by Sishen.

KZN – Fidelity Security Moor Cup, Saturday (Final round):

College Rovers vs Durban Collegians

UKZN Impi vs Varsity College

Crusaders vs Harlequins

PMB Collegians vs Zululand Rhinos

Leopards – Neser A League:

League & Cup final won by Potch Dorp. See above for Predator fixtures involving Leopards teams.

Mpumalanga – Buscor Super League, Saturday (Semi-finals):

Witbank Ferro’s vs Nelspruit

Middelburg vs Malelane

SWD – Premier League, Saturday (Round 17 of 22):

Uniondale vs All Blacks

Evergreens vs Progress

Groot-Brakrivier vs Barbarians

Bridgton vs Bonnievale Utd

Silver Stars vs Blanco

Crusaders vs Swellendam

Valke – Peregrine Super League:

League & Cup final won by Brakpan. See above for Predator fixtures involving Valke teams.

WP – Super League A, Saturday (Week 17 of 24):

Belhar vs Maties

Tygerberg vs Helderberg

Bellville vs UCT

Durb-Bell vs Victorians

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I totally love sport. Rugby, cricket and soccer, but my first love will always be rugby. Other than sport I write my own poems and other interestings articles. I also love cooking. A man of many talents. When it come to Cricket I'm a Cape Cobras, Kolkata Knight Riders and Proteas supporter. Soccer there is only one team and that is Man United and Germany internationally. Other than that I'm a loving father and husband.

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