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August 22, 2014
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We’re now at the business-end of the season and clubs are starting to feel the pressure to end the season on a high. There are promotion places up for grabs, as well as a place in the lucrative Community Cup.

Let’s have a look at some results from around the divisions.

In Super League A, Durb-Bell caused a major upset when they beat Hamilton’s 23-22, UCT beat Helderberg 45-10 to maintain their title challenge and Maties thumped Tygerberg 76-17. Maties continue to lead the standings, closely followed by UCT and Hamilton’s.

In Super League B, Villager’s lost for the second week running as they went down 26-30 to Hamlets. St Georges beat Macassar 39-23 in their derby clash, Kraaifontein beat Hands & Heart 22-13 and Milnerton beat Brackenfell 23-19. Sir Lowrians lead the standings but have St Georges and Villager’s hot on their heels.

On that note, I would like to apologize to Scottsdene Rugby Club for publishing the incorrect result last week. Scottsdene were in fact victorious over Rangers 48-31. Apologies for the oversight.

In Super League C, Raithby Universals lost for the first time this season when they went down 29-37 to Paarl. Langa beat Van der Stel 41-19, Violets beat Coronations 20-6 and Franschoek beat Silvertree 25-3. Raithby Universals are still leading the pack but have had their lead cut by a determined Franschoek side.

In the Top 9 Champions League, Young Stars narrowly beat Blue Jets 26-25 to maintain their lead at the top of the table, Blue Stars beat Caledonian Roses 25-10, Lagunya beat Young Wesleys 13-6 and Masiphumelele beat Cloetesville 44-22

Well done to the DHL Western Province Sevens team who finished fourth at the London leg of the World Club Sevens Championships, having, the week before, also finished fourth in Limerick. The team played with plenty of pride and passion, well done to coach Ricky Petersen and his team for their vast improvement this year.

Here are the results from Twickenham:
Day One (Saturday, August 16):
Pool A:
Harlequins 19 DHL Western Province 38
DHL Western Province 26 New York 26
RC Enisei 24 DHL Western Province 35

Day Two (Sunday, August 17):

Quarterfinals:
DHL Western Province 22 Blue Bulls 12

Semifinals:
Auckland 19 DHL Western Province 14

Third/fourth-place play-off:
Kuban Krasnodar 20 DHL Western Province 19

DHL Western Province continued their great start to the 2014 Absa Currie Cup with a resounding 41-17 victory over the Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands last Saturday. There were also good wins for our similarly unbeaten Under-19 (16-11) and Under-21 (28-21) teams, capping off a great day against our rivals from up North.

This weekend DHL Western Province takes on the Golden Lions at Newlands. Unsurprisingly, coach Allister Coetzee has named an unchanged starting line-up for that clash. Kick-off for that game is at 17h05 at Newlands, with the Under-19s and Under-21s once again playing curtain-raisers from 12h45 onwards on Saturday.

Club-wise, here are some selected fixtures for you ahead of the weekend:
(As always you can find a full breakdown of results, logs, and fixtures in the tab above.)

Vics v UCT (SLA)
Rangers v Collegians (SLB)
Violets v Raithby Universals (SLC)
Caledonian Roses v Masiphumelele (Top 9 Champions League)
Temperance v Progress (Top 8 City League)
Khaylitsha v Kylemore (Top 8 Northern League)
Lower Paarl v Young Standards (Paarl League Top 6)
Llwandle v Pumas (Simonsberg Region)

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One Comment

  1. avatar Hannes Brits says:
    August 24th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    We had our National Quarter finals / Play offs yesterday here in Namibia.
    We have a three tier structure: Premier league, Reserve league and First league.
    We have ten clubs competing in the Premier League with their first teams and these clubs second teams compete in the Reserve League. All clubs with only one team and the third teams of the clubs in the Premier league plays in the Furst League.
    The Premier and Reserve League were divided in two pools of 5 teams each who played home and away. The idea of the two pools was to cut down on the distances tha clubs had to travel. Our club still traveled 2,268 km to play 3 away fixtures.
    Morne Nortier can confirm that distance is a major issue in Namibia as well as the availability of sponsorships.

    The results for the Premier League play offs:
    Anpro Hides Rehoboth I 39 Kudus I 26
    Trustco United I 49 Neo Paints Reho Falcon I 12
    Rehoboth had a 200 km round trip for the game, Reho Falcon the same distance as both are from Rehoboth. Kudus 778 kilometres and is from Walvisbay. United is from Windhoek.
    United will now play FNB Western Suburbs also of Windhoek in the one semi final. Western Suburbs finished first in their pool. Rehoboth will play FNB Wanderers also from Windhoek in the other semi final. Wanderers finished first in their pool. The majority of the local based National players play for Wanderers and Western Suburbs. United have 3 National players (Jaco Engels one of them) and Rehoboth none.

    The results for the Reserve League play offs
    Unam II 65 Kudus II 21
    Trustco United II 48 Neo Paints Reho Falcon II 34
    Unam is the University of Namibia and is in Windhoek, United is also from Windhoek. Reho Falcon from Rehoboth and had a 200 km round trip. Kudus is from Walvisbay and had a round trip of 778 km.
    United II will now play Western Suburbs II who finished top of their pool. Unam II will play Wanderers II who finished top of their pool.

    The First league were divided in three groups of four teams each.
    South consisting of Rosh Pinah, Ocean Swallows from Luderitz, Keetmanshoop and Mariental.
    Central consisting of Unam III, United III, Erongo Rugby Academy from Walvisbay and Eastern Bulls from Gobabis.
    North consisting of Oshakati, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Jaguars from Windhoek. The teams in each group played home and away.
    The top 2 teams in each group progressed to the quarter finals and then the next two teams with the most log points.
    In the Southern pool Ocean Swallows finished 1st and Keetmanshoop 2nd. Mariental qualified as the 8the team with 13 log points.
    In the Central Pool Unam III finished 1st and Erongo 2nd. United III qualified as the 7th team with 17 log points.
    In the Northern pool Grootfontein finished 1st and Oshakati 2nd.
    All quarter finals were played in Windhoek which is the central point in Namibia. In brackets the round trip distance each club had to travel to Windhoek.
    The results for the First League quarter finals were
    Oshakati I (1416 km) with draw against Keetmanshoop I (982 km)
    United III 21 (0 km) Ocean Swallows I 19 (1650 km)
    Grootfontein I 36 (904 km) Erongo I 10 (778 km)
    Unam III 41 (0 km) Mariental I 24 (540 km)

    United III will now play Grootfontein I in the semi finals in Windhoek. Last year the same two teams also met in the semi final in Grootfontein with United III winning the match 30-28 scoring a try with the last movement of the match.
    The other semi final will be between Keetmanshoop and Unam III.

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