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):
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
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