Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk where you can find all relevant club rugby information
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):
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):
DHL Western Province 22 Blue Bulls 12
Auckland 19 DHL Western Province 14
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)