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Platteland start for Cell C Community Cup play-offs

 

THE quest to secure one of the five ‘wild card’ slots at the 2015 Cell C Community Cup will kick off in the Northern Cape platteland on Saturday with the first of 13 play-off matches to be contested across the country over the coming weeks.

Kimberley will be the neutral venue when Griquas Super League runners-up Upington Dorp and Free State’s number-two non-university club, Bloemfontein Police, ‘meet halfway’ at GWK Park (kick-off 13h00).

With exactly six months to go before the start of the third edition of SARU’s new national championship for so-called ‘open’ clubs, 12 teams have already qualified automatically from their respective provincial premier leagues, with only the champions of Western Province, Boland and SWD to be confirmed.

The remaining five places will be decided on the field of play this year, with the second-best open clubs from each province fighting it out in four regions in play-offs identical in format to that of Rugby World Cup qualifying – right down to the repechage round that gives lucky losers a third bite at the cherry.

The four respective winners of the South West, South East, Central and North region finals will join the 15 automatic qualifiers in the 2015 field, with the repechage final winner earning the 20th and final spot – and a place in Pool A alongside defending champions Rustenburg Impala.

The 2015 Community Cup is provisionally scheduled to take place from 21 February to 6 April 2015.

“The recent Rugby World Cup qualifying matches involving our neighbours Namibia and Zimbabwe went right down to the wire, as have a number of other games around the world, and we are hopeful that these ‘do-or-die’ Community Cup play-off clashes will create the same levels excitement in our rugby communities,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux. “The play-off format has given clubs from towns such as Malmesbury, Uitenhage, Upington, Orkney, Secunda and Mokopane a first taste of Community Cup rugby and their enthusiasm has been very encouraging.”

2015 Cell C Community Cup Qualifying Matches – details TBC unless otherwise stated:

SOUTH WEST REGION:

Match 1 – Boland 2 vs WP 2 – Winner qualifies for Community Cup as South West 1, loser to Repechage Semi-final 1. The Boland Premier League runner-up and the second-best open club in the WP Super League A will contest this one-off match.

SOUTH EAST REGION:

Match 2 – East London Police (Border 2) vs EP 2 – Winner to Match 3. Loser eliminated. EP 2 will be decided after the final round of the EP Grand Challenge this Saturday (see fixtures below), with SAPS and Gardens the front-runners.

Match 3 – Winner Match 2 vs SWD 2 – Winner qualifies for Community Cup as South East 1, loser to Repechage Semi-final 1.

CENTRAL REGION:

Match 4 – Bloemfontein Police (Free State 2) vs Upington Dorp (Griquas 2) – 23 Aug, 13h00, GWK Park, Kimberley. Winner to Match 6. Loser eliminated.

Match 5Kroonstad (Griffons 2) vs Jonsson College Rovers (KZN 2) – walkover College Rovers.

Match 6 – Winner Match 4 vs Jonsson College Rovers – Winner qualifies for Community Cup as Central 1, loser to Repechage Semi-final 2.

NORTH REGION:

Match 7 – G5 Metals Brakpan (Valke 2) vs Vaal Reefs (Leopards 2) – 6 Sep, 12h45, Olen Park, Potchefstroom. Winner to Match 8. Loser eliminated.

Match 8 – Winner Match 7 vs Vaseline Wanderers Chiefs (Golden Lions 2). Winner to Match 11. Loser eliminated.

Match 9 – Potgietersrus (Limpopo 2) vs Sasol (Mpumalanga 2). Winner to Match 10. Loser eliminated.

Match 10Winner Match 9 vs Blue Bulls 2. Winner to Match 11. Loser eliminated.

Match 11Winner Match 8 vs Winner Match 10. Winner qualifies for Community Cup as North 1, loser to Repechage Semi-final 2.

REPECHAGE:

Match 12 – Semi-final 1: Loser Match 1 vs Loser Match 3

Match 13 – Semi-final 2: Loser Match 6 vs Loser Match 11

Match 14 – Final: Winner Match 12 vs Winner Match 13. Winner is 20th & final team to qualify for Community Cup.

 

2015 POOLS:

Pool A – Rustenburg Impala (Leopards, defending champion), Kempston Old Selbornians (Border), Springs (Valke), repechage winner, regional qualifier.

Pool B – Raiders (Golden Lions), Pretoria Police (Blue Bulls), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State), BB Truck Noordelikes (Limpopo), regional qualifier.

Pool C – Western Province No.1 open club, Boland champion, Aveng Moolmans Sishen (Griquas), SWD champion, regional qualifier.

Pool D – SA Home Loans Durban Collegians (KZN), Gap Management Despatch (EP), Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), regional qualifier.

 

THIS WEEKEND’S LEAGUE FIXTURES:

Eastern Province – Grand Challenge, Sat 15h30:

Brumbies vs NMMU Madibaz (Oval, Grahamstown)

Progress vs Harlequins (Central Ground, Uitenhage)

African Bombers vs SAPS (Zwide Stadium, PE)

Kruisfontein vs Gap Management Despatch (Country Club, Humansdorp)

Spring Rose vs Crusaders (New Brighton Oval, PE)

 

Western Province – Super League A:

Stor-Age False Bay vs Bellville (Philip Herbstein, Constantia)

Helderberg vs UWC (Charles Morkel Stadium, Strand)

Victorians vs UCT (Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch)

Primrose vs Maties (Rosmead Sports Grounds, Kenilworth)

Hamiltons vs Tygerberg (Stephan Oval, Green Point)

Belhar vs NNK (Accordian Park, Belhar)

SK Walmers vs Durbanville-Bellville (Green Point Track)

 

Boland – Premier League, Sat 16h00:

Hawston vs Saldanha (Bospark, Hawston)

United Bulk Villagers Worcester vs Ceres (Boland Park, Worcester)

Wesbank vs Robertson (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Roses United vs Never Despair (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Delicous vs Wellington (Ceres Sports Grounds)

 

SWD – Premier League, Sat 16h00:

Evergreens vs Bridgton (Pacaltsdorp Sports Grounds)

Uniondale vs Groot-Brak (Uniondale Sports Grounds)

Bonnievale United vs Silver Stars (Bonnievale Stadium)

 



Heriot’s second-row Murray Douglas, 24, will captain the Scotland Club International team this Friday night for their first game of 2014, v Ireland Club International (kick-off 7.30pm).

The lock (pictured) returns to the side having won two caps in last year’s campaign and being part of the team that beat Friday’s opponents at Millbrae, Ayr, in 2013.

Scotland Club International head coach, Phil Leck, said: “Murray is a very calm player who leads by his actions.

“He is very talented and has led our lineouts in training, plus the players have a lot of respect for him. That coupled with his experiences last year makes him an ideal fit for the captaincy.”

The second-row will be joined by 16 debutants throughout the match-day 23, with ten in the starting XV and six on the bench.

They are Edinburgh Accies’ Nyle Godsmark, Heriot’s George Turner, Aberdeen Grammar’s Erlend Oag, Gala’s Chris Auld and Ewan McQuillin, Melrose’s Richard Mill, Ayr’s George Hunter and Callum Templeton and Stirling County’s Will Bordill and Jamie Swanson.

On the bench, Gala’s Rory Sutherland and Grant Sommerville, Ayr’s Nick Cox and Fergus Scott, Glasgow Hawks’ Andrew Redmayne and Stirling County’s Stuart Edwards, could win their first caps.

Leck continued: “We have a quick back-row and an exciting back-line that will be looking to keep the tempo of the match high.

“We have a strong squad here and know we will be up against a physical Ireland side who will carry hard and be tough in defence.

“However, we will aim to play to our strengths and if we do that, I believe, we’ll be in for a good match.”

Current, RBS Premiership league leaders, Melrose have two players in the squad in back-row, Andrew Nagle and stand-off Mill, while Gala and Ayr have the biggest offering with six players each.

Gala’s Auld starts in the centre and McQuillin at tighthead prop and Sutherland, the Graham brothers, and Sommerville may be involved from the bench.

Ayr have three in the backline, Dean Kelbrick (centre), Craig Gossman (wing) and Peter Jericevich (scrum-half) and Hunter (prop) and Templeton (lock) start in the pack. Scott is replacement hooker on the bench and Cox could win his first cap as replacement cover at prop.

Edinburgh Accies, Aberdeen Grammar, Heriot’s and Stirling County have players in the starting XV and Glasgow Hawks have one player who features on the bench.

Scotland Club International to play Ireland Club International, Friday 7 February at the Cork Constitution FC, kick-off 7.30pm:

15 *Nyle Godsmark (Edinburgh Accies), 14 *Erlend Oag (Aberdeen Grammar), 13 *Chris Auld (Gala / Edinburgh Rugby), 12 Dean Kelbrick (Ayr), 11 Craig Gossman (Ayr), 10 *Richard Mill (Melrose), 9 Peter Jericevich (Ayr), 1 *George Hunter (Ayr / Glasgow Warriors), 2 *George Turner (Heriot’s / Edinburgh Rugby), 3 *Ewan McQuillin (Gala / Edinburgh Rugby), 4 Murray Douglas (Heriot’s), 5 *Callum Templeton (Ayr), 6 Andrew Nagle (Melrose), 7 *Will Bordill (Stirling County / Glasgow Warriors), 8 *Jamie Swanson (Stirling County) Replacements: 16 *Rory Sutherland (Gala), 17 *Nick Cox (Ayr), 18 *Fergus Scott (Ayr / Glasgow Warriors), 19 Gary Graham (Gala), 20 *Andrew Redmayne (Glasgow Hawks / Glasgow Warriors), 21 George Graham (Gala), 22 *Stuart Edwards (Stirling County), 23 *Grant Sommerville (Gala)

*denotes debutant

WP, Boland launch Community Challenge

The Boland Rugby Union and Western Province Rugby Football Union are proud to announce a brand new club rugby competition, the Community Challenge Club Rugby Competition.

A total of eight clubs – four clubs each from the Boland and Western Province Premier leagues – will form part of the inaugural Community Challenge, which kicks off on March 1, 2014. The finals will take place on March 29, 2014.

The purpose of this competition is to strengthen the relationship between WP Rugby and Boland Rugby since both unions form part of the DHL Stormers franchise, but also to promote and enhance Club Rugby in these unions.

Both the Boland Rugby Union as well as the Western Province Rugby Football Union have strong traditions of extremely good Club Rugby structures. This competition will contribute further towards the development of Club Rugby and players in both unions.

The competition also offers an alternative opportunity for those clubs and players who did not qualify for participation in the Cell C Community Cup to showcase their talents during a competition which will also serve as a talent identification opportunity.

The Community Challenge will ultimately contribute to the development of promising club players for possible inclusion in the respective Regent Boland Cavaliers and DHL Western Province Rugby Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup squads. In the future these players could then also come into contention for the DHL Stormers squad that participates in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

The Community Challenge will also prepare the clubs for their club commitments and give them a better chance to qualify for the Cell C Community Cup in 2015.

The following clubs will be participating in the first-ever Community Challenge:

GROUP A:
Durb-Bell
Hawston
Tygerberg
Ceres

GROUP B:
Worcester Villagers
SK Walmers
Saldanha
Belhar

The 2014 Community Challenge fixtures:

MARCH 1:
Ceres v Durb-Bell (Ceres) – 16h00
Hawston v Tygerberg (Hawston) – 16h00
Worcester Villagers v Belhar (Worcester) – 16h00
Saldanha v SK Walmers (Saldanha Bay) – 16h00

MARCH 8:
Durb-Bell v Tygerberg (City Park A) – 13h35
Hawston v Ceres (City Park B) – 13h35
Worcester Villagers v Saldanha (City Park B) – 14h45
Belhar v SK Walmers (City Park A) – 14h45

MARCH 15:
Durb-Bell v Hawston (Durbanville) – 16h00
Tygerberg v Ceres (Florida Park) – 16h00
SK Walmers v Worcester Villagers (Green Point Track) – 16h00
Belhar v Saldanha (Accordian Park) – 16h00

MARCH 22 – SEMIFINALS:
Third Place A v Fourth Place B (venue TBC) – KO TBC
Third Place B v Fourth Place A (venue TBC) – KO TBC
Winner A v Runner-up B (venue TBC) – KO TBC
Winner B v Runner-up A (venue TBC) – KO TBC

MARCH 29 – FINAL:
Plate Final (Third & Fourth) – 14h45 (venue TBC) 
Winner SF One v Winner SF Two – 16h00 (venue TBC) 

SARU strengthens support to clubs with ‘ClubWise’ initiative

A new, in-depth training programme called ClubWise has been launched by the South African Rugby Union to up-skill rugby club administrators in order to sustain and grow the game at grass-roots level.

The new programme is approved by Cathsseta (the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority) and offers a NQF Level 5 approved course – the first of its kind in rugby club administration.

“The ClubWise course and guide contain the theory and practice of how to be a great club administrator,” said Jurie Roux, CEO OF SARU. “In time we hope it will become the bible by which all club administrators will live their rugby lives.”

The ClubWise course covers every aspect of club administration from goals and governance to player and member welfare by way of fund-raising, financials and marketing and match-day activities.

“Every weekend around 885 clubs across South Africa field teams in a series of different leagues and if each of these clubs could function optimally, it would boost the success of the sport in South Africa immensely,” said SARU GM Development Mervin Green.

“Club rugby is the lifeblood of the sport and its administration plays a vital role in developing rugby at grassroots level. It is with this in mind that we developed the ClubWise programme. We would urge club administrators to sign up for the course.”

Club administrators should be able to plan and facilitate the establishment of structures, promote the benefits and values of sport, compile a participation profile and facilitate the establishment of committees once they have completed the course.

“The objective of ClubWise is to make club administrators more effective by offering practical and easily comprehensible solutions to their daily problems,” said Green. “It should create an environment where the coach gets to coach, the player can play and where club members feel they have a say in how the club is run.”

The ClubWise Guide and course was developed by a steering committee of SARU experts and provincial and club rugby veterans in conjunction with the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

The courses are held over two days after which participants are expected to submit an assignment to be assessed.

To register for a ClubWise course administrators should contact either their respective Provincial Union’s development or training and education departments, or SARU’s Development department.

National Clubs Round-up: Wesbank join Cell C Community Cup wild card race

Wesbank became the 13th and final club to be officially nominated for a wild card place in the 2014 Cell C Community Cup when they overwhelmed newly-crowned Boland champions Roses United on the last day of the season to finish second on the Premier League log.

The Malmesbury-based club’s 43-27 victory gave them their 15th win in 18 matches and a final tally of 73 log points – just five adrift of their great rivals Roses but five ahead of outgoing champions Villagers Worcester.

Wesbank’s name will now be added to the list of second-best eligible open clubs from all the provinces, with five of the shortlisted clubs to be chosen by SARU’s Games & Policies Committee later this month to fill the wild card slots available for the 2014 edition of SA’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs.

The wild cards will join the 15 clubs that have already qualified automatically in a 20-team field, with the opening round kicking off on Saturday 8 March 2014 with a televised opening match in the Eastern Cape town of Despatch, and featuring defending champions GAP Despatch.

The 15 confirmed qualifiers are: Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Hamiltons (WP), GAP Despatch (EP), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), Jonsson College Rovers (KZN), Brakpan (Falcons), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Sishen (Griquas), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State), Centurion (Blue Bulls), BB Truck Noordelikes (Blue Bulls Limpopo), Broubart Old Selbornian (Border), Rustenburg Impala (Leopards), Roses United (Boland) and Bridgton (SWD). There are four newcomers – Ferros, Bridgton, Hamiltons and Centurion.

The 13 clubs nominated as wild card candidates by their respective provincial unions, and from which the final five qualifiers will come, are (in alphabetical order): Boksburg (Valke), SA Home Loans Durban Collegians (KZN), East London Police (Border), Kimberley (Griquas), Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Mossel Bay Barbarians (SWD), Oostelikes Eagles (Blue Bulls), Glasfit Pirates (Golden Lions), Spring Rose (EP), Tygerberg (WP), Vaal Reefs (Leopards), Welkom (Griffons) and Wesbank (Boland).

The updated 2014 Cell C Community Cup draw:

Pool A – GAP Despatch (EP), Bridgton (SWD), Broubart Old Selbornian (Border), Wild Card 1, Wild Card 2.

Pool B – Jonsson College Rovers (KZN), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State), Wild Card 3.

Pool C – Brakpan (Valke), Centurion (Blue Bulls), Roses United (Boland), BB Truck Noordelikes (Limpopo), Wild Card 4.

Pool D – Rustenburg Impala (Leopards), Hamiltons (WP), Sishen (Griquas), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), Wild Card 5.

The 2014 Cell C Community Cup takes place from 8 March to 21 April 2014. The Pool stages will take place over five consecutive Saturdays from Saturday 8 March to Saturday 5 April inclusive. The Easter Championships will be hosted at Outeniqua Park, George, from Thursday 17 to Monday 21 April 2014, with the winners lifting the iconic and historic Gold Cup trophy – the second-most valuable cup in the SARU collection and on permanent display at the newly-opened Springbok Experience museum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

National Clubs Round-up: Karoo stop for Cell C Community Cup

ALL fifteen automatic qualifiers for next year’s Cell C Community Cup are now confirmed after a dramatic weekend that saw a last-gasp try decide the tussle for the final place.

The Karoo town of Oudtshoorn will be part of the Community Cup roadshow next year after Bridgton shocked favourites Mossel Bay Barbarians 25-24 in the SWD Premier League final in front of a large crowd at Outeniqua Park in George.

Bridgton, who finished fourth in the league, ran into form at just the right time, beating defending champions Pacaltsdorp Evergreens in the semi-finals before surging to the title in front of thousands of their travelling supporters.

Bridgton’s never-say-die attitude paid off when, trailing 24-20 with 90 seconds remaining and having conceded a penalty, they turned over possession near their own line before embarking on one final attack. The movement, which went through more than 20 phases, resulted in a try in the corner after the hooter to seal Barbarians’ fate.

Bridgton will join defending champions GAP Despatch and Broubart Old Selbornian, who beat Fort Hare 25-20 last weekend in the Border Premier League final, in Pool A, together with two wild cards.

And Roses United became the second wild card team from 2013 – the other being Bloemfontein Crusaders – to return to the 2014 tournament on merit when they won the Boland Premier League with a match to spare following an away victory over Ceres.

The result means that the last match of the year – and indeed the South African club season – against main rivals Wesbank in Malmesbury this Saturday is of academic interest only, although the fixture remains one of the biggest derbies in SA club rugby and is sure to draw a large crowd to the Swartland town.

With just over 150 days to go until the 2014 Community Cup kicks off on 8 March with the opening match in Despatch, the 15 confirmed qualifiers are: Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Hamiltons (WP), GAP Despatch (EP), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), Jonsson College Rovers (KZN), Brakpan (Falcons), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Sishen (Griquas), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State), Centurion (Blue Bulls), BB Truck Noordelikes (Blue Bulls Limpopo), Broubart Old Selbornian (Border), Rustenburg Impala (Leopards), Roses United (Boland) and Bridgton (SWD).

There are four newcomers – Ferros, Bridgton, Hamiltons and Centurion.

SARU’s Games and Policies Committee will choose five wild cards to complete the 20-team field later this month, from the ranks of the second-best eligible open clubs in each province, based on final log position. The 13 clubs officially nominated by their respective unions, from which the final five will come, are:

Blue Bulls – Oostelikes Eagles

Boland – tbc

Border – East London Police

EP – Spring Rose

Golden Lions – Pirates

Griffons – Welkom

Griquas – Kimberley

KZN – Durban Collegians

Leopards – Vaal Reefs

Mpumalanga – Middelburg

SWD – Mossel Bay Barbarians

Valke – Boksburg

WP – Tygerberg

The updated 2014 Cell C Community Cup draw:

Pool A – Despatch, Bridgton, Old Selbornian, 2x wild cards

Pool B – College Rovers, Roodepoort, Welkom Rovers, Bfn Crusaders, wild card

Pool C – Brakpan, Centurion, Roses Utd, Noordelikes, wild card

Pool D – Impala, Hamiltons, Sishen, Ferros, wild card

National Clubs Round-up: Final two Cell C Community Cup slots up for grabs

MOSSEL Bay Barbarians or Oudtshoorn’s Bridgton will become the 14th and penultimate automatic qualifiers for the 2014 Cell C Community Cup when they clash in the SWD Premier League final on Saturday at what is expected to be a jam-packed Outeniqua Park in George.

Barbarians and Bridgton will kick off at 16h20 in the main game of the annual SWD club finals day, which provides a golden opportunity for amateur players from across the province to run out at Outeniqua Park to contest a number of league finals.

Barbarians, as widely expected, beat Groot-Brak in the first semi-final, while Bridgton caused the shock of the season when they beat defending champions and 2013 league winners Pacaltsdorp Evergreens in the other match. It was only Evergreens’ second defeat of the season, and their first at home.

The SWD Premier League final is played in front of arguably the biggest crowd for a club match anywhere in the country. Last year’s final, between Evergreens and Blanco, drew 8,800 spectators and with the added prize of qualifying for the Community Cup at stake, another full house is expected.

One of Barbarians or Bridgton will join defending champions GAP Despatch and Border’s top open club, Broubart Old Selbornian, in Pool A, together with two wild cards.

With just under six months to go until the 2014 Community Cup kicks off on 8 March with the opening match in Despatch, the 13 confirmed qualifiers are: Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Hamiltons (WP), GAP Despatch (EP), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), Jonsson College Rovers (KZN), Brakpan (Falcons), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Sishen (Griquas), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State), Centurion (Blue Bulls), BB Truck Noordelikes (Blue Bulls Limpopo), Broubart Old Selbornian (Border) and Rustenburg Impala (Leopards).

There is a chance that the final automatic Community Cup qualifying slot may also be decided on Saturday when the penultimate round of the Boland Premier League takes place.

Title favourites Roses United (72 points) still hold a slender five-point lead over perennial runners-up Wesbank – whom they face in the final match of the season in Malmesbury on 5 October.

Thanks to Roses’ superior points difference, the Wellington-based side have a chance to all but wrap up the league should they beat Ceres with a bonus point, but they will know that there are no guarantees when it comes to away matches in the Boland.

Wesbank also face a tricky away fixture, to fourth-placed Hawston, knowing that they need nothing less than a five-point haul if they are to stand any chance of fighting for the title on their home ground in the final match of the season.

Defending champions Villagers Worcester still have a mathematical chance of retaining their crown, but it would require a number of other results to go their way.

Once all provincial leagues are completed, SARU will choose five wild cards to complete the 20-team field from the ranks of the second-best eligible open clubs in each province, based on final log position.

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

Boland Premier League, Saturday (Round 18):

Ceres vs Roses United

Hawston vs Wesbank

Saldanha vs Villagers Worcester

Wellington vs Robertson

Black Leaves vs Vredenburg

SWD Club Finals Day, Saturday (Outeniqua Park, George):

President League 2nd teams – Riversdale Blues vs Harlequins (B field – 10h30)

Premier League 3rd teams – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Bridgton (B field – 11h55)

Premier League 2nd teams – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Pacaltsdorp Evergreens (A field – 13h20)

President League final (promotion match) – Mossel Bay vs Bonnievale Blue Birds (A field – 14h45)

Premier League final – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Bridgton (A field – 16h20)

The updated 2014 Cell C Community Cup draw:

POOL A

POOL B

POOL C

POOL D

1 – Eastern Province (Despatch)

2 – KwaZulu-Natal (College Rovers)

3 – Valke (Brakpan)

4 – Leopards

(Rustenburg Impala)

8 – SWD

(Barbarians or Bridgton)

7 – Golden Lions (Roodepoort)

6 – Blue Bulls

(Centurion)

5 – Western Province (Hamiltons)

9 – Border

(Old Selbornian)

10 – Griffons

(Welkom Rovers)

11 – Boland (tbc)

12 – Griqualand West (Sishen)

Wild Card 1 (tbc)

15 – Free State

(Bfn Crusaders)

14 – Limpopo (Noordelikes)

13 – Mpumalanga (Shumba Ferros)

Wild Card 2 (tbc)

Wild Card 3 (tbc)

Wild Card 4 (tbc)

Wild Card 5 (tbc)

National Clubs Round-up: Old Boys for Cell C Community Cup

BROUBART Old Selbornian became the 12th team to qualify for the 2014 Cell C Community Cup when they beat historical East London rivals Buffalo in the first of two Border Premier League semi-finals played at the Buffalo City Stadium on Wednesday night.

Old Boys’ comfortable 23-10 victory over Buffs was ultimately enough to see them re-qualify for SARU’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs, after the result of the second semi went their way.

In a nail-biting main match, title favourites East London Police’s Community Cup hopes were dashed after they lost 27-22 to the University of Fort Hare Blues.

Bobbies, missing a few key players on the night and unable to produce the scintillating rugby which has already netted them one domestic cup this season, nevertheless looked to have done enough to set up a final showdown with Old Selbornian when they scored three unanswered tries to lead 17-9 against the students going into the final quarter.

But Police’s poor goal kicking throughout the match – they missed four penalties and three conversions and could have been out of sight at 30-9 at the break – came back to haunt them as the Blues staged a remarkable rear-guard action with two late tries to run out deserved winners.

Fort Hare’s status as a university team – they will once again compete in the Varsity Shield next year – means that Old Selbornian’s place in the final is enough to see them qualify for the Community Cup on default as the province’s top-placed open club. The only thing now at stake in next Saturday’s final at the Buffalo City Stadium is the title of overall Border champion.

Old Selbornian, who finished ninth in the inaugural Community Cup earlier this year, will join defending champions GAP Despatch in Pool A, together with the SWD champions and two wild cards.

With just under six months to go until the 2014 Community Cup kicks off on 8 March with the opening match in Despatch, the 12 confirmed qualifiers are: Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Hamiltons (WP), Despatch (EP), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), College Rovers (KZN), Brakpan (Falcons), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Sishen (Griquas), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State), Centurion (Blue Bulls), BB Truck Noordelikes (Blue Bulls Limpopo) and Broubart Old Selbornian (Border).

The three remaining automatic slots will be decided over the next three Saturdays.

Three intriguing rounds of the Boland Premier League remain with 2013 Community Cup wild cards Roses United of Wellington holding a slender five-point lead over perennial runners-up Wesbank – whom they face in the final match of the season in Malmesbury on 5 October. Defending champions Villagers Worcester are still in the running in third place, four points adrift of Wesbank, but it seems increasingly likely that the title and Community Cup qualification will be decided when the top two clash.

Rustenburg Impala, who finished fourth in the 2013 Community Cup, will play Vaal Reefs in an eliminator on Saturday to decide who will represent the Leopards at the tournament.

And the SWD Premier League final will be a Mossel Bay v Oudtshoorn affair after Barbarians and Bridgton won through to what doubles as a Community Cup eliminator at Outeniqua Park in George next Saturday.

Barbarians, as widely expected, beat Groot-Brak in the first semi-final, while Bridgton caused the shock of the season when they beat defending champions and 2013 league winners Pacaltsdorp Evergreens in the other match. It was only Evergreens’ second defeat of the season, and their first at home.

And in Polokwane, BB Truck Noordelikes re-qualified for the Community Cup with a 28-9 victory over city rivals Pietersburg in the Limpopo Boet Fick final.

Once all provincial leagues are completed, SARU will choose five wild cards to complete the 20-team field from the ranks of the second-best eligible open clubs in each province, based on final log position.

Western Province’s Community Cup qualifiers, Hamiltons, meanwhile ensured that they finished the Super League A in second place behind champions Maties after third-placed UCT could not grab the bonus point they required in their final game against SK Walmers, the Cape Town students falling one try short of overtaking Hammies at the final hurdle in a 25-7 victory.

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

Boland Premier League, Saturday (Round 17):

Villagers Worcester v Ceres

Vredenburg v Saldanha

Wesbank v Black Leaves

Roses Utd v Wellington

Robertson v Hawston

Leopards Community Cup qualifier, Saturday:

Rustenburg Impala v Vaal Reefs

 

The updated 2014 Cell C Community Cup draw:

POOL A

POOL B

POOL C

POOL D

1 – Eastern Province (Despatch)

2 – KwaZulu-Natal (College Rovers)

3 – Valke (Brakpan)

4 – Leopards (tbc)

8 – South Western Districts (tbc)

7 – Golden Lions (Roodepoort)

6 – Blue Bulls

(Centurion)

5 – Western Province (Hamiltons)

9 – Border

(Old Selbornian)

10 – Griffons

(Welkom Rovers)

11 – Boland (tbc)

12 – Griqualand West (Sishen)

Wild Card 1 (tbc)

15 – Free State

(Bfn Crusaders)

14 – Limpopo (Noordelikes)

13 – Mpumalanga (Shumba Ferros)

Wild Card 2 (tbc)

Wild Card 3 (tbc)

Wild Card 4 (tbc)

Wild Card 5 (tbc)

Ref decisions spoils Springbok v All Black test

The All Blacks beat the Springboks 29-15 in what can only be described as a bad game fornreferee Pitoit. Never have I seen a referee make so many crutial errors, bar the 2011 fiasco by Bryce Lawrence.

Blind Ref was sitting watching thr game with me and even he was upset by the decisions that the referee made in this game. Mr Pitoit clearly doesn’t realize that rugby is actually a contact sport. The first yellow card to Bismarck du Plessis was a poot call. This even after a TMO decision and viewing it on the big screen.

This resulted in the second ty for the All Blacks. What the referee did however allow was playing of players in the air. The Springboks got the treatment a couple of times. It took a full 71 minutes before he carded an All Black player for this. The second yellow to Ismarck wasva marginal call but it resulted in a red card.

Sure Nonu receivedva yellownas well with 5 minutes to go. By this time however the damage to the Springboks were done. Still it says a lot about the Springboks to keep the scorendown and lose by just 14 points.

National Clubs Round-up: Rovers vs Rovers in Cell C Community Cup

It will be Rovers vs Rovers in the 2014 Cell C Community Cup after Welkom Rovers retained their Griffons First League title to become the 10th team to qualify for SARU’s flagship tournament for open clubs.

In a nailbiting final played at the Griffons Stadium on Monday night, Rovers beat bitter rivals Welkom 14-13 thanks to two drop goals from flyhalf Ryno Venter.

Rovers, who finished 10th in the inaugural Community Cup earlier this year, will join their namesakes and 2013 runners-up Jonsson College Rovers of Durban in Pool B, together with Golden Lions champions Roodepoort, Free State’s top open club, Bloemfontein Crusaders, and one wild card.

College Rovers, who claimed their eighth successive KZN Moor Cup league title in July, completed the domestic double last Saturday when they drew 15-all with neighbours SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in a dramatic 123rd Castle Murray Cup final, which was televised on SuperSport.

With the scores level at full-time, neither team able to score in extra time and both sides having grabbed two tries, Rovers were awarded the historic trophy – first played for in 1890 – by virtue of having scored more tries than Collegians during the tournament.

With just under six months to go until the 2014 Community Cup kicks off on 8 March with the opening match at the home of defending champions GAP Despatch, the 10 confirmed qualifiers are: Welkom Rovers (Griffons), Hamiltons (WP), Despatch (EP), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga), College Rovers (KZN), Brakpan (Falcons), Roodepoort (Golden Lions), Sishen (Griquas), Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State) and Centurion (Blue Bulls).

The five remaining automatic slots will be decided in the next two weeks. Once all provincial leagues are completed, SARU will choose five wild cards to complete the 20-team field from the ranks of the second-best eligible open clubs in each province, based on final log position.

The Blue Bulls Limpopo Boet Fick League finals day will take place at Noordelikes Rugby Club on Saturday with the main match pitting the hosts and defending champions against Polokwane rivals Pietersburg (kick-off 18h30).

The final rounds of the Boland Premier League resume on Saturday, with 2013 Community Cup wild cards Roses United holding a slender five-point lead over Wesbank with four rounds remaining – one of which sees the two giants of Boland club rugby facing each other in Malmesbury. Defending champions Villagers Worcester are still in the running in third place, and will be desperate to grab a full haul of five points when they host Robertson at Boland Park on Saturday in one of the great derbies in South African club rugby.

Saturday also sees Pacaltsdorp Evergreens hosting Bridgton and Groot-Brak travelling to neighbours Mossel Bay Barbarians for the SWD Premier League semi-finals, with the two winners playing for a Community Cup slot on 28 September at the union’s annual club finals day at Outeniqua Park in George.

Border’s qualifier will be one of defending champions Old Selbornian, Buffalo or East London Police, who are joined by Fort Hare University in the Premier League semi-finals taking place on Wednesday at East London’s Buffalo City Stadium. Fort Hare are up against Police, with Old Boys playing Buffs. The final is scheduled for 28 September.

And Rustenburg Impala, who finished fourth in the 2013 Community Cup, will play Vaal Reefs in an eliminator on 21 September to decide who will represent the Leopards at the tournament.

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

Blue Bulls Limpopo Boet Fick League, Saturday (Finals Day, Noordelikes Rugby Club):

Noordelikes 3 vs Dendron 3 (15h00)

Noordelikes 2 vs Letaba 2 (16h30)

BB Truck Noordelikes vs Pietersburg (18h30)

Boland Premier League, Saturday (Round 16):

Villagers Worcester vs Robertson

Black Leaves vs Roses Utd

Vredenburg vs Wesbank

Saldanha vs Wellington

Ceres vs Hawston

SWD Premier League, Saturday (Semi-finals):

Pacaltsdorp Evergreens vs Bridgton

Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Groot-Brak

WP – Super League A, Saturday (Week 24 of 25):

SK Walmers vs UCT

Tygerberg vs Belhar

The updated 2014 Cell C Community Cup draw:

POOL A

POOL B

POOL C

POOL D

1 – Eastern Province (Despatch)

2 – KwaZulu-Natal (College Rovers)

3 – Valke (Brakpan)

4 – Leopards (tbc)

8 – South Western Districts (tbc)

7 – Golden Lions (Roodepoort)

6 – Blue Bulls

(Centurion)

5 – Western Province (Hamiltons)

9 – Border (tbc)

10 – Griffons

(Welkom Rovers)

11 – Boland (tbc)

12 – Griqualand West (Sishen)

Wild Card 1 (tbc)

15 – Free State

(Bfn Crusaders)

14 – Limpopo (tbc)

13 – Mpumalanga (Shumba Ferros)

Wild Card 2 (tbc)

Wild Card 3 (tbc)

Wild Card 4 (tbc)

Wild Card 5 (tbc)

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