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New ‘Golden’ era for Club rugby in 2016

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Gold Cup from 2016 – named after the tournament’s iconic winner’s trophy. Photo: Roger Sedres/ImageSA
Gold Cup from 2016 – named after the tournament’s iconic winner’s trophy. Photo: Roger Sedres/ImageSA

Club rugby’s revival will enter a ‘Golden’ era from 2016 with a host of exciting changes to the popular Community Cup national championship for non-university clubs, following a decision of the Executive Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

The Community Cup, which replaced the old national club championships in 2013, will move from its pre-season timeslot to provide a more logical post-season climax to the South African club season and will henceforth be known as the Gold Cup – named after its iconic, solid-gold winner’s trophy.

The Gold Cup will also have an international flavour from 2016, with the non-university champions of Namibia and Zimbabwe joining 18 of South Africa’s best open clubs in the 20-team tournament.

“When we launched the Community Cup three years ago, club rugby wasn’t in a good space,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

“The old Club Championships did not have a sponsor, television coverage was virtually non-existent, crowds were poor, players weren’t well conditioned and the standard of play was average at best.

“We hoped the Community Cup would be a catalyst for the revival of the club game at all levels, and I’m happy to say we’ve achieved those initial goals and can now move on to the next phase.”

“We’ve had a great sponsor in Cell C for the past three years, during which we’ve seen a tournament that has had 42 matches broadcast live. A total of 9,000 people attended this year’s Easter play-offs in Rustenburg where the standard of play was among the highest seen from open clubs.

“There has also been a knock-on effect at provincial level. The competitiveness of domestic leagues has increased significantly and clubs have become far more professional in their approach as they go all out to qualify for the Community Cup,” Roux added.

He said the addition of clubs from Namibia and Zimbabwe would expand the Gold Cup into a true African club tournament. “Strategically this decision is in line with our commitment to assist our neighbours so that they have the best possible chance of qualifying alongside South Africa for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“Namibia’s best players will benefit from playing in the expanded Currie Cup in 2016 and the incorporation of their champion club into our tournament structures will help strengthen their next tier of players.

“Zimbabwe came within a whisker of qualifying for the World Cup and participation in the Gold Cup will likewise revive their top domestic league and expose their players to a higher level of competition.”

The Gold Cup will kick off on Saturday, 10 September 2016, with 20 clubs once again competing in a Rugby World Cup-style format, with five weeks of pool stages and the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stages. The tournament will feature 47 matches in all.

In a departure from the Easter weekend play-off format which was a hallmark of the Community Cup era, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Cup final itself will be hosted by participating clubs.

“From a player welfare point of view, having to play three matches in five days was no longer feasible and we have listened to our club players and coaches in this regard,” said Roux.

“We also believe that moving away from a central play-off venue is a great carrot for clubs to perform. Now every one of the 20 teams can go into the tournament knowing they have a chance to host prestigious play-off matches, including the all-important televised final, at their home ground.”

Durbanville-Bellville, who capped a fairy tale 2015 season by winning the Community Cup having qualified through the back door of the repechage rounds, will return in 2016 to defend the Gold Cup trophy they lifted in Rustenburg earlier this year. They, together with the Namibian and Zimbabwean teams, will be joined by the best non-university clubs of the 14 provincial unions plus Limpopo from the 2015 season. A full list of the participating teams will be confirmed early in the New Year.

The remaining two qualifier slots will be decided by 2016’s provincial leagues, with those teams who finish as the best open clubs in their leagues next year, having not done so in 2015, playing off for the last two Gold Cup slots.

“We have the once-off situation whereby there will have been two club seasons between the last Community Cup and the Gold Cup,” said Roux. “We therefore had to strike a balance between rewarding those clubs who performed in 2015, and ensuring that the 2016 season has meaning and that clubs across the country have no shortage of motivation to perform in their domestic leagues.”

Roux added that further significant announcements around the Gold Cup would be made in the New Year.

Boland A take top honours at Southern APC tournament

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The Boland A team on Friday produced a solid performance in the Southern Amateur Provincial Championship final against neighbours Western Province in Velddrif to secure the title in front of their home crowd.

The victory for the Boland A team signalled the end of Province’s dominance in the competition, as they won the last three titles.

The hosts came out firing in the first half and built up an encouraging 25-8 lead, and they held their nerve in the second half despite a strong comeback by Western Province. Interestingly Province out-scored Boland four tries to three, but four penalties and two conversions by the Boland side handed them the edge on the scoreboard at the end.

Eastern Province, meanwhile, finished the tournament in third position with a memorable 62-26 victory against SWD as they ran in an impressive nine tries, while EP Rural won the Plate Final as they defeated the Boland XV 34-17.

In the other match Border Rural registered a 19-5 victory against their Border counterparts to finish the tournament in seventh position.

Southern Amateur Provincial Championship final results:

Border 5 – 19 Border Rural (7th/8th Place)

Eastern Province 62 – 26 SWD (3rd/4th Place)

Boland XV 17 – 34 EP Rural (Plate Final)

Boland A 31 – 25 Western Province (Cup Final)

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

SA Rugby Suidelike Amateur Provinsiale Toernooi

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Die SA Rugby Suidelike Amateur Provinsiale Toernooi, word vanjaar aangebied deur die Boland Rugbyunie te Velddrif vanaf 24 – 28 Augustus 2015.
Wedstryde sal plaasvind op die Smit Sportgronde op Maandag 24 Augustus (12:00 – 18:00), Woensdag 26 Augustus, met die finale wat sal plaasvind op Vrydag 28 Augustus.

Die deelnemende spanne aan die toernooi is Boland A, Boland XV, die Westelike Provinsie, SWD, Grens, Grens Platteland, Oostelike Provinsie en Oostelike Provinsie Platteland.

WEDSTRYDBEPALINGS:

DAG 1: MAANDAG 24 AUGUSTUS 2015

12:00 – EP vs BORDER
13:30 – SWD vs EP RURAL
15:00 – BOLAND A vs BORDER RURAL
16:30 – WP vs BOLAND XV

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Club Rugby News from Danny’s Desk

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The 2015 Craven Week is around the corner and the WPRFU are hard at work with final preparations for this prestigious tournament.

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The LOC have been meeting for the past couple of weeks ensuring that all preparations are on track for this premier tournament that was last hosted in Western Province in 2007. The LOC is chaired by Kervin Grove, ably assisted by Tournament Director Danny Jones, Theo Kleynhans, and Petrie Stoffberg and they will ensure that it will be all systems go for this tournament kicking off on 13th of July.

In Referee’s news, the VUKA tournament at Rocklands is still underway and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from both the schools and the referees.

Tomorrow a combined Level 1 and introductory Referees course will be held at Table View High School. The course runs from 07h30 – 15h00 and applications to attend are still available.

There was some club rugby action last weekend as teams are making up for postponed fixtures. At Theo Marais Park Union-Milnerton thumped Hamlets 56 – 20 in front of a packed crowd. The game had an added significance as afterwards there was a handover of goods for the struggling Du Noon community.

Union-Milnerton’s annual charity drives have become a highlight of the club season and it was great to see so many people involved in the donation process.

Clubs competing in the Top 9 Promotion League are soon to be confirmed and fixtures will be released shortly. The top 3 clubs from the City, Northern, and Southern regions will make up the competition with the top 3 gaining promotion to Super League C next year.

A seven’s tournament will be taking place at Erica Park in Belhar on the 10thand 11th July. Sixteen teams had been confirmed for the event. Competing in Pool 1 will be Hamiltons, Masiphumelele, Peninsula and Bishop Lavis with Pool 2 made up of False Bay, Blue Jets, All Saints and Young Wesleys. In Pool 3 the teams of Belhar, Silverleaf, Rocklands and Delft will be competing and in Pool 4 will be Elsies River, Strand, Whistling Wheels and a representative team from the Simonsberg Region.

In Super League B action this weekend, Brackenfell host Hamlets at Brackenfell in another crunch clash.

At the SARU Girls U16 Week in Oudtshoorn the Western Province girls U16 team remain undefeated after beating the Limpopo Blue Bulls 26-0 in the opening round and easily defeated the Free State 48 – 0 in the semifinals.

Today they face Border in the final and we wish our girls the very best of luck in their effort to take the title

By: Danny Jones WPRFU

National Club Rugby Round-up

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CRUNCH derbies across the country set the scene for what promises to be the most eagerly-awaited weekend of club rugby this season.

Yazeed Johnson of Villagers Worcester passes the ball as Evergreens centre Deon Stoffels looks on during the sides’ Cell C Community Cup match earlier this year. Both teams are in action on Saturday in the Boland Grand Challenge and SWD Premier League respectively. Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/SARU.
Yazeed Johnson of Villagers Worcester passes the ball as Evergreens centre Deon Stoffels looks on during the sides’ Cell C Community Cup match earlier this year. Both teams are in action on Saturday in the Boland Grand Challenge and SWD Premier League respectively. Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/SARU.

From the Boland to Bethlehem, Mpumalanga to Mdantsane, inter-town and neighbourhood rivalries dominate the fixture list as the Community Cup qualifying race hots up in earnest.

The biggest of them all may just be in Uitenhage, where Gardens, fresh off their victory over NMMU and lying fifth on the table, and Progress clash in Rosedale in the Eastern Province Grand Challenge. The fixture traditionally brings the Eastern Cape town to a standstill and bragging rights for the next year will once again be up for grabs.

Up the coast in Buffalo City, Swallows host Winter Rose in the Mdantsane derby while all roads in East London lead to Kempston Park where log leaders Old Selbornians, who finished 10th in this year’s Community Cup, entertain arch-rivals Buffalo.

The Western Cape isn’t short of mouthwatering clashes, either. In term of national rankings, no club match anywhere in the country is bigger than the Western Province Super League A battle in Green Point between hosts Hamiltons and Durbanville-Bellville.

Since claiming the Community Cup bronze medal in Rustenburg in April, Hammies have shown excellent form to top the standings with a full house of 40 points from their eight matches. Community Cup champs Durbell, on the other hand, are in a rebuilding phase having lost a host of their title-winning squad to provincial call-ups and injury.

They currently lie seventh, with three losses from six matches, but a victory over their main rivals will give Jan Loubser’s charges confidence ahead of the month-long mid-season break.

In Boland, every one of the weekend’s Grand Challenge matches is a derby with 42 clubs clashing across the West Coast, Winelands and Overberg Districts as the first round of the highly successful new regionalised format reaches its conclusion.

The pick of the West Coast matches is possibly Vredenburg vs Velddrif, while in the Overberg, Standards and Rangers meet in the Bredasdorp derby and surprise package Safcol, third on the log, host Botrivier in Grabouw. In the Winelands, all eyes will be on Ceres where Delicious host Roses United in the Witzenberg-Central section while in Worcester, second-placed Young Hamiltons are at home to neighbours Protea in an intriguing Breede Valley-Langeberg match-up.

Up the coast, George will come to a standstill when unbeaten log leaders Pacaltsdorp Evergreens, who lost just one match in this year’s Community Cup en route to 12th place, travel to Rosemore to tackle second-placed Progress.

In Free State province, Bloemfontein’s two best open clubs, Crusaders and Police, clash in the Rowan Cup final on Saturday while Eastern Free State log leaders Oud-Skoliere host resurgent Collegians in the big Bethlehem derby.

Up north, Community Cup Plate winners and unbeaten Blue Bulls Carlton League front-runners Pretoria Police will look to avenge their quarter-final defeat in April to eventual runners-up Impala when the two sides meet in Rustenburg in a friendly match which promises to be anything but.

And in Mpumalanga, Nelspruit host White River in a top-of-the-table Lowveld league clash while Malelane welcome Barberton.

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures (Sat unless otherwise stated):

Blue Bulls – Carlton League:

Click here for all Blue Bulls fixtures, results & logs

Blue Bulls Limpopo – Boet Fick League:

BB Truck & Tractor Noordelikes vs Musina

Louis Trichardt vs Pietersburg

Boland Grand Challenge:

Click here for all Boland fixtures, results & logs

Border – Super League:

Click here for all Border fixtures, results & logs

EP – Grand Challenge:

Click here for all EP fixtures, results & logs

Free State – First League:

Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Bloemfontein Police (Rowan Cup final)

Griquas – Super League:

No matches this weekend

Griffons – Eastern Free State League:

Click here for all Griffons fixtures, results & logs

Golden Lions – Pirates Grand Challenge:

No matches this weekend

KZN – Fidelity Security Moor Cup:

No matches this weekend

Mpumalanga – Highveld & Lowveld Leagues:

Click here for all Pumas fixtures, results & logs

SWD – Premier League:

Click here for all SWD fixtures, results & logs

Valke – Peregrine League:

No matches this weekend

WP – Super League A:

Click here for all WP fixtures, results & logs

 

Club Rugby News from Danny’s Desk

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The 2015 club rugby season continues to roll on and there were some great results over the weekend. Several teams will go into a break over the long weekend before action resumes next week.

By: Danny Jones
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Forum meetings have been scheduled and will take place next week. On April 28 there will be a meeting for Super League A, B, and C clubs whilst on the 29th the rest of the regional clubs will meet. The clubs will be discussing the competition format and rules for 2016 and beyond. These meetings are important platforms for clubs to debate future competitions for WPRFU. The forum meetings will take place at DHL Newlands Stadium Boardroom.

The roll-out of laptops for all clubs are gaining momentum. Clubs were sponsored laptops courtesy of Custom-Cut and the gazebos will be delivered in due course. The Zone Fitness sponsorship to clubs will also be rolled out shortly.

The World Rugby Boksmart Courses are back this weekend. These courses will be held twice a month and are a requirement if one wants to pursue a career in refereeing or coaching. This weekend the course will be held at HTS Bellville and will run from 08h00 to 15h00. There is a World Rugby Level 1 Coaches course this Friday at Brookside. The cost of the course is R250.00 and it runs from 13h30 to 20h00. For more information contact gcrowster@wprugby.co.za.

The action at Brookside continues this weekend as the highly-anticipated Varsity Sevens tournament begins on Saturday at 09h00. The event runs the entire weekend and will be exciting to watch!

In youth rugby news, the Under-13 rugby day held at Parklands High School was a great success as kids and fans in attendance enjoyed a great day out at a superb venue.

The Under-16 and Under-18 Western Province trials begin this Saturday at Bellville High. The trials will run from 08h00 to 16h00. The Under-16 team will be coached by Belhar’s Norman Jordaan, whilst the Under-18 Academy team will be coached by Clinton van Rensburg. Elmo Wolfaardt will coach the Under-18 Craven Week side. Next Monday the Under-15 trials begin whilst the Under-19 trials commence on May 18.

In Women’s rugby news, the Western Province Under-16 and Under-18 trials will also begin this weekend. The club rugby season has kicked off and clubs are raring to go. Rodger Smith has settled into his role as the SARU-appointed coach and is working closely with the WPRFU to ensure that the growth of Women’s rugby remains on an upwards trajectory.

This Saturday the DHL Stormers are back at home playing in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful. They take on the Bulls looking to make it three wins on the spin after a successful end to their tour. Kick-off is at 19h10 – good luck to the team as they look to qualify for the Super Rugby play-offs this year.

Club-wise, there are some great games tonight in Super League A. False Bay host Maties in what is sure to be the first real test of their credentials. Community Cup champions Durb-Bell take on UCT in another mouth-watering encounter, whilst Vics host Belhar in other action.

This weekend there is a slightly diluted fixture list as some clubs take a break for the long weekend. For all the results, logs, and fixtures visit www.wpclubrugby.co.za

Cub Rugby News from Danny’s Desk

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The 2015 Western Province Club Rugby season began over the weekend and there were several standout results. We saw some surprising upsets as clubs showed the value of hard work over the pre-season.

By: Danny Jones

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We must commend the clubs who submitted their results and relevant game stats on the ScrumIt system. We have worked hard to make sure that the ScrumIt system is user-friendly and with the added addition of the Custom-Cut gazebos and laptops, there is no reason not to submit your results in on time.

Congratulations must go to Rodger Smith after it was announced that he would be heading up the Western Province Youth Training Centre, the new SARU initiative to grow the base of women’s players in the country and to groom the players from a young age for the demands of rugby through training sessions, conditioning and nutritional programs, and scheduled matches to expose them to competition regularly. We wish him the very best of luck in this new role.

In HUBS news, the Schools Rugby season begins this weekend and the HUBS schools will be competing in their league. With this in mind, the WPRFU have compiled a full fixture booklet which will be circulated around all the HUBS Schools this week.

In other schools news, this Saturday will see the U13 Rugby Day take place at Parklands College High School. 38 schools are attending and the action runs from 09h00 to 13h30.

The WPRFU rolled out its ‘Toward 2020’ vision statement which aims to make the Union a High Performance Organization by the year 2020. The Sub-Committee in charge of implementing this vision is the Strategic Management and Advisory Committee (SMAC). It is headed by EXCO member Spencer King.

On Tuesday SMAC met at DHL Newlands to further streamline the different sub committees that were formed to commence formulating firm recommendations to EXCO in going forward. The feedback was unbelievably positive and the general consensus was that these are exciting time for the WPRFU going forward.

In referee’s news, last week saw the schoolboy referees’ camp take place at Jan Kriel High School. This weekend there is a Level 1 Course at HTS Bellville, which will run from 08h00 to 15h00.

There is a bumper rugby weekend coming up. This Saturday the DHL WP Vodacom Cup team takes on Border at City Park. John Dobson’s side has started the season in brilliant fashion and will look to continue their great form going into this one.

The DHL Stormers take on the Western Force on Saturday in their final match of a tough Australasian tour. The team had a fantastic result against the Waratahs and will carry that momentum into this weekend’s encounter. The game kicks-off at 13h45 (SA time). Good luck to Allister and the boys… bring home some more points before you return to DHL Newlands next weekend.

Club-wise, there is a full schedule this weekend with many not-to-be-missed encounters. As always, you can find a full list of results, logs and fixtures on the WP Club Rugby website.

Club Rugby news from Danny’s Desk

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This weekend is what we’ve all been looking forward to for months: the start of the Club Rugby season! WPRFU administrators have been hard at work to put together a fixture list that accommodates all our clubs and now it’s time to get the action rolling.

By: Danny Jones

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Durb-Bell were crowned 2015 Cell C Community Cup Champions after a thrilling final against reigning champions Rustenburg Impala. Durb-Bell flyhalf Garth April kicked a late penalty in the dying minutes of a gripping final against the hosts to secure a hard-fought 31-30 victory and, in the process, their first national title in the history of the club.

Durb-Bell, of course, triumphed in the President’s Cup Final at DHL Newlands last October but, since then, have worked hard to transfer that form into a national club title – don’t forget, they were the 20th, and final, club to qualify for the Community Cup!

With the club rugby season beginning this weekend, Jan Loubser’s side looks an exciting and dangerous prospect. The team, expertly led by Alconroy Botha, put in thrilling performances throughout the tournament and thoroughly deserved to lift the trophy. Garth April was awarded the Young Player of the Tournament as well as an invitation to train with the DHL WP Vodacom Cup side. Head coach Jan Loubser, meanwhile, was awarded the Coach of the Tournament.

WP’s other representative at the Community Cup, Hamiltons, walked away with the Bronze Medal as they trounced Despatch 66-40 in their 3rd/4th-place play-off. Once again, well done to both the Western Province clubs in action in Rustenburg, you really did us proud over the Easter Weekend.

In other news, the WP Schools and Youth Rugby department are hard at work in preparation for the Under-13 Primary School Rugby Day which will take place at Parklands Primary on April 18. There are currently 40 schools involved in the day which forms part of the strategic planning of the Primary Schools EXCO to unearth local talent.

On the refereeing front, appointments have been made for this weekend’s action and the referees are raring to go. This will be the first year that referees will be on the ScrumIt system. This will enable them to see what games they are refereeing and which players will be playing in which team. It also provides players the chance to see who their referee will be.

In this regard, we urge all clubs to get all their players registered on the ScrumIt system before the season starts this weekend.

Last night the WPRFU Relations Committee met at City Park to discuss their plans for the start of the season. The basic premise of the committee is to attend club games and assess the atmosphere and the conditions at each club as well as to strengthen the relationships between clubs. The committee is chaired by Reuben Riffel of St Georges who is also a WP EXCO member.

Last, but definitely not least, the DHL Stormers take on the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday looking to build on the rousing second-half display that almost saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against the undefeated Hurricanes. The game against the Waratahs kicks-off at 11h40 (SA time) on Saturday.

We wish Allister and the team the very best of luck as they look to gain their first win on tour. With two games remaining, the DHL Stormers can still grab two wins, which could see them come home with at least nine points – wouldn’t that be an excellent return on a tough tour of Australasia?

Best of luck to all our clubs competing this weekend, it’s now time to put all the pre-season work into practice. We cannot wait for the season to start and we hope to see you at your clubs on the weekend!

Best regards,

Danny Jones

Club News from Danny’s Desk

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Our weekly update of Club News from Danny Desk…..

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On Monday night the WPRFU had a very successful evening with the District Manager of the Northern Suburbs, Mr Alex Dykes. Last week they met with the District manager of the Mitchel’s Plain area, Mr Tengo Sokanyile for all the clubs under their respective jurisdictions.

The meetings are facilitated by WP Rugby bringing together the clubs and the City of Cape Town to continue with the partnership to assist clubs with maintaining and fixing the facilities at their clubs to the benefit of the clubs and the City and, ultimately, the community.

The WP Rugby Executive Committee member responsible for the meetings is Mr Gerald Njengele.

Tonight the meetings will continue at Milnerton and we hope to finalise meetings for the outstanding areas including Helderberg, Stellenbosch and Paarl.

The fourth round of the Community Challenge took place over the weekend and there were several outstanding results for the Western Province clubs.

False Bay were far too strong for Hawston as they ran out 99-17 winners. The league leaders have put in a great show in the tournament so far and are on course for a semifinal place.

Belhar kept up the pressure on False Bay with a 45-18 victory over Saldanha. They trail False Bay on points’ difference going into the final round of round-robin fixtures.

The Paarl Region beat Roses United 33-25 in their match and continue to impress in the competition while Primrose and Never Despair played out to a 34-34 draw at City Park.

Unfortunately the game between SK Walmers and Vredenburg was forfeited due to the Boland club’s inability to field a fully-fit team. The points were thus awarded to SK Walmers.

Last week a meeting was held for coaches from Super League A, B and C clubs at the HPC. In attendance was DHL Stormers Director of Rugby Gert Smal. This meeting was scheduled to discuss law interpretations, which was presented by Joey Klaaste-Salmons. The meetings continue tonight for the tegional clubs as well as for the Super League clubs who were unable to attend last week’s meeting.

It is a sad time for club rugby following the tragic bus accident involving Franschhoek Rugby Club which resulted in three deaths.

The Western Province Rugby Football Union, under the leadership of President Thelo Wakefield, has launched a Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected in Saturday’s tragic bus accident. A bucket collection will also be held when the DHL Stormers host the Chiefs at DHL Newlands this Saturday – any donation will make a massive difference to a club, and its people, who are still in a severe state of shock.

If you would like to donate to the fund, the details are as follows:
Name: Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 071411097
Branch code: 025009

There are a host of club rugby fixtures being played this weekend and we wish every club playing the very best of luck in their pre-season preparations.

Club News from Danny’s Desk

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It’s been a busy week at the WPRFU as the 2015 Club Rugby season is almost upon us.

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There were a host of club rugby friendlies played over the weekend. This weekend the action continues as there are a host of mouthwatering encounters.

The Helderberg Extreme Sevens was played over the weekend with Maties ending up as the overall winners – taking home the R50 000 prize. It was a great spectacle played at the picturesque Charles Morkel Stadium as clubs from all around the Western Cape came out to compete for the grand prize.

The third round of the Community Challenge was played over the weekend and there were some good results for the WP Clubs.

Tournament favorites False Bay traveled to Saldanha and came away with a narrow 18-7 result. False Bay had been imperious in the tournament up until then but had to work hard for their victory.

Belhar kept up their 100% record as they beat Never Despair 33-28 in Malmesbury. Belhar are hot on the heels of False Bay and are on course for a semifinal spot after another impressive win.

Primrose had a resounding 41-17 win over Vredenburg and are looking a different team than the one who began the competition. SK Walmers and the Paarl Regional team lost their games 27–22 and 25-23 to Roses and Hawston, respectively, and it’s back to the drawing board for both clubs as they aim to grab a semifinal spot.

Last week also saw the DHL Western Province Vodacom Cup team take on Sir Lowrians and the Paarl Region. This was a great initiative as it’s not every day a club rugby team is pitted against a professional outfit. The Vodacom team ended up beating Sir Lowrians 46-3 and the Paarl Region 36-17. Both games were significant as on the WP teamsheet were several club rugby players.

The WPRFU have also been busy on the Women’s Rugby front as dates have been finalised for both the fixtures and the start of the season. The fixtures will be finalized by March 25, while the season begins on April 11. On March 14 there will be an U16 and U18 Sevens tournament at City Park. This will be followed by an U19 and senior tournament on the 21st.

There is also a Boksmart Course happening this Saturday at HTS Bellville. The course runs from 08h00 to 11h00.

On the HUBS Development front, the WPRFU representatives have been having meetings with all the HUBS Schools’ principals over the last few weeks and all schools are on board for the 2015 season. To add to this, injured DHL Stormers players will be visiting the HUBS Schools to talk to the kids, run skills sessions, and create excitement around the program.

There is also a recruitment drive in place to send another local coach over to Norway to continue the HUBS program there. Last year, Masibulele Bakoyi and Zandile Maqhosha were chosen to attend the exchange program in Norway where they coached at local schools as well as played rugby for local clubs in Bergen and Oslo, respectively.

The two young coaches have benefited tremendously from the experience and have been in constant contact with the WPRFU with regards to their progress and the growth of the program.

Once formalised, the HUBS exchange program will see coaches from Norway come to the Western Cape and begin coaching with local schools and clubs and vice versa.

By: Danny Jones WPRFU

Castle Lager to sponsor S14 Club Competition

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Castle Lager has come on board as the new naming sponsor for the recently launched Super 14 competition, which enters its third week this week.

The sponsorship will see the tournament rebranded as the Castle Lager Super 14 Club Championship and includes match day clothing and equipment, valued at R5000, for the first place winner of the tournament.

“This really is a great opportunity for us and we are so pleased to welcome Castle Lager as the naming sponsor for the Super 14 competition,” said PE Metro Sub Union chairman, Stag Mitchell.

“We knew that there would be challenges in starting a new competition of this sort and funding is always a challenge, but it is something that we felt needed to be done and we had faith that local business would come out in support and that is exactly what Castle Lager have done,” said Mitchell.

Castle Lager EE and Events Manager for the Eastern Cape, Riaan van Jaarsveld, said Castle Lager had become involved in the tournament to give back to the community.

“We believe that sport plays a critical role in our society and can have a positive impact on individuals,” said Van Jaarsveld.

“One never knows where the next top player is going to come from and it is through tournaments like these that platforms are created for local talented individuals to showcase their skills and we are proud to be a part of that,” he said.

Van Jaarsveld said Castle Lager would also be promoting drinking responsibly during the tournament.

Round 2 of the Castle Lager Super 14 Club Championship was played at the Adcock Stadium and Dan Qeqe over the weekend.

In Group A the front runner is the highly entertaining Missionvale leading the pack.

In Group B PE Harlequins is leading the pack and are showing their class of late.

Upcoming Fixtures:

14 February 14h00 Kwaru vs Gelvan Wallabies WOLFSON
15h30 Glen Roses vs Suburban
17h00 African Bombers vs St Marks
BYE Missionvale
14 February 14h00 Zwide vs Young Collegians ADCOCK
15h30 Helenvale vs Booysens Pride
17h00 PE Harlequins vs Parks
BYE Motherwell

Club news from Danny’s Desk

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The end of year is always an exciting time for our clubs as pre-season preparations begin to hit full steam. In addition to this, the AGM’s held at these clubs are an ideal way to review the year ahead, and begin preparing for the new season.photo

 

The USSA Sevens tournament was held in George on December 1-2. Various universities from around the country were invited to participate. Western Province’s representatives were Maties, UCT and UWC.

In the end, this is how they fared:
UWC lost 7-21 to NWU in the Plate Final.
Maties went down 12-17 to Tuks in the Cup Final.

(Well done to all our universities who competed!)

This Saturday is the Rockets Super 5’s Beach tournament. This is the first-ever Super 5’s tournament in South Africa and will be held at the picturesque Clifton Beach. Some of our clubs competing are Uni-Mil, Busy Bees, Masiphumelele and UCT. The action begins at 11am and will go throughout the day.

Thursday saw the start of the SA Academy Referees Squad camp which runs from December 4 until December 7. The WP representatives are Hennie Heydenrych, Divan Uys, Nathan Barry, Lee-Eustice Beukes, Willem Taylor, Dyllan Francke and Riaan Tolken. The camp began at 4pm and will be held throughout at Jan Kriel High School in Kuilsriver. Well done to all our club referees who made the cut!

Of course, this camp follows last week’s camp held in Table View. It was a one-day camp for beginner referees which ran 7am and ran until 12.30pm. Included in the camp were the level 1 exams as well as bleep tests and expert coaching.

The SA Academy Sevens team brought home the gold in the recent tournament in Harare after defeating Kenya B 12-5 in the final. It was a dominating performance by the team who went unbeaten in the tournament, not conceding a single point in the group stages. The team included several club rugby favorites, so it was good to see them perform at such a high level.

This weekend is the Dubai Sevens. Included in the squad are DHL Western Province and DHL Stormers speedsters, Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla. We wish both them, and the entire Blitzbokke team the very best of luck – we will be watching and getting behind our boys, as they continue to push for Olympic participation.

 By: Danny Jones WPRFU

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Rugby News

Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk. With the club rugby season now officially over, this is a period of reflection. It has been a tremendous season for club rugby in the Western Cape as clubs have really raised their game.

This season was a ground-breaking one in many respects. The new league structure and competition format meant that there was no room for error. The various competitions that took place after the league phase kept the intensity levels high.

I was proud to see the turnout for the President’s Cup Day at DHL Newlands earlier this month. The competition is a great initiative to raise the profile of our clubs and it was so great to see the fans respond in good numbers. This is what club rugby is about and it was great that we could showcase that on a grand stage like DHL Newlands.

This past weekend was the annual RAG Day between Silvertree and Caledonian Roses. It was another successful event as friends and families came out in their numbers to support. The vibe on the day was incredible as the kids took centre stage.

This weekend is the 11th annual Premier’s Rugby Festival in Khayelitsha. The competition, formally known as the Steve Tshwete Cup, is held over two weeks and this weekend will see the semifinals and finals take place. What makes this festival so unique is that it is not only our clubs who compete, but also women’s teams, junior sides, and Sunday League teams. Teams come from the Khayelitsha areas and surrounds. I’d like to wish all the teams competing this weekend the very best of luck.

Also this weekend is the DHL Western Province Emerging team’s ‘final’ against the Leopards in Potchefstroom. This game serves as the unofficial final of the National Competition and a win here will see the DHL Western Province team crowned champions. The Emerging side has produced several provincial players over the years, most recently Patrick O’Brien, who made his Absa Currie Cup debut last weekend.

With so much rugby still on the go, it’s odd to think that the club rugby season is actually over. As clubs begin their preparations for next season, it seems like the season is never really over. There’s been so much rugby activity over the last couple of weeks and it’s only going to get better.

Of course, there will be plenty of semifinal provincial action at DHL Newlands on Saturday! Best of luck to the DHL WP Under-21s and the DHL WP Absa Currie Cup team in their big semifinal games against the FS Cheetahs and Blue Bulls, respectively, and also to our Under-19s who will be doing battle against Free State in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning.

The senior side has an opportunity to qualify for a third successive Absa Currie Cup Final and second in a row at home. We wish them all luck this weekend!

 

Overseas ’dream come true’ for Community Cup heroes

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The first of a group of four outstanding performers from this year’s Cell C Community Cup will depart for the United Kingdom later this week on an international exchange programme designed to reward their efforts and develop their skills, the South African Rugby Union confirmed on Monday.

Michael Nienaber
Michael Nienaber

Wing Michael Nienaber, who helped his team, Rustenburg Impala, to their maiden Community Cup title in George on Easter Monday, will depart for the west of England on Friday to spend a month with English Premiership club Gloucester.

Nienaber, 25, an electrician by trade who scored four tries en route to being unanimously named Community Cup Player of the Tournament, will be put through his paces at the club’s renowned Academy while also training alongside the likes of British & Irish Lions Billy Twelvetrees and James Hook.

Boland Cavaliers flanker Chaney Willemse, 21, whose scintillating performances helped Wellington-based Roses United to a sixth-placed finish in George, was named Young Player of the Tournament and will depart for Scotland next month, where he will spend three months playing for Premiership club Selkirk.

Also headed for the UK next month are the outstanding managerial duo of coach Alistair Alexander and team manager Steve Prinsloo, who will spend 10 days in the north-west of England with Premiership club Sale Sharks.

The exchange programme is endorsed by Sport & Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and UK Sport, and is a joint initiative between SARU, the British High Commission, Wales Rugby Union, various clubs in the UK, and RDJ Sports Development, who facilitate the programme for SARU.

Former Border Bulldogs wing Alexander, 44, coached East London-based Kempston Old Selbornians to a top-eight finish in this year’s Community Cup, while 52-year-old Prinsloo’s quiet efficiency as team manager of Roodepoort helped the West Rand club come within a whisker of claiming their first national title in 25 years.

Alexander and Prinsloo will shadow Sale’s coaching and management teams throughout their preparations for crunch Premiership fixtures against Leicester Tigers and London Irish on 9 and 15 November respectively.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our club players, coaches and officials to develop not only in a rugby sense but also as individuals,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux. “The Cell C Community Cup has already begun to put club rugby back on the map and this initiative takes it a step further by rewarding individuals who caught our eye and who we believe have the potential to go further in the sport. It’s also just reward for the hours of hard work – often unseen but not unnoticed by us – put in by these passionate rugby men.

“Michael, Chaney, Alistair and Steve are pioneers and hopefully the first of many to get to experience a different rugby culture as a reward for their dedication to their clubs. They are ambassadors for South Africa and SARU and we hope they are able to return home to plough back what they have learnt in their respective communities

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Rugby News

 

Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk. This Saturday is the President’s Cup Finals Day at DHL Newlands. What a way to end the club rugby season, by bringing club rugby back to our grand old stadium!

It promises to be a fantastic day, thanks to WP Rugby, SAB and the Treble Group and our media partners on the day, Cape Town TV and Bok Radio.

The day begins at 11h10 with the final of the Super League A Under-20 competition between Durb-Bell and False Bay. The Super League C Final will be contested between Langa and Franschoek at 12h30. That will be followed by the Super League B Final between Milnerton and Villager’s at 14h00 and the day will end with the Super League A Final between Belhar and Durb-Bell at 16h00 (followed by the prize-giving).

Aside from all the on-field action, there is R30,000 worth of prizes and prize money on offer for the best dressed fans and there will be TVs on the Castle Lawns to watch the BIG Springboks v All Blacks match at 17h00. If ever there was a time to experience what club rugby is all about, it is Saturday at DHL Newlands.

Congratulations are in order to Ricky Petersen and the DHL Western Province Sevens team who secured a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Safari Sevens in Kenya. The WP Sevens team won two out of three matches on the Saturday before narrowly losing out to the Warriors in the Cup semifinals on Sunday. It was great to once again see our club rugby favorites playing in another prestigious tournament – having done so well in Limerick and London in August.

Next week is the WP Rugby Awards Dinner. This event has proved to be a highlight of the rugby year and is a great way to end the season. It will be great to have club and professional players under one roof and it promises to be a fantastic occasion as we reward the top clubs and also the DHL Western Province professional players who have excelled all year long.

The DHL Western Province Under-19, Under-21 and senior teams are all in Bloemfontein, as they prepare to face up to their Cheetahs opponents at the Free State Stadium this weekend. All three our teams are on the verge of securing home-ground advantage, so best of luck to them in their matches tomorrow!

Catch the highlights on Cape Rugby TV at 9pm on Wed on Cape Town TV and DSTV ch263

Festival of club rugby at DHL Newlands

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Club rugby is returning to DHL Newlands in grand style, with the hosting of the 2014 Western Province Rugby Football Union’s President’s Cup Finals Day this coming Saturday (October 4).

Western Province
Western Province

Four club finals will be played at DHL Newlands on Saturday, starting at 11h10 with the Super League A Under-20 Final and finishing off with the Super League A Final, which gets underway at 15h30.

The day’s first final will see False Bay take on Durbanville-Bellville at U20 level, before the Super League C Final between Franschoek and Langa (kick-off 12h30), the SLB Final between Villager’s and Milnerton (14h00) and, finally, the SLA Final between Durbanville-Bellville and Belhar (15h30).

The seven clubs in action on Saturday have been battling it out for the coveted final spots these past few weeks, with some entertaining semifinal matches taking place at City Park and Brookeside on September 20.

Two semifinal clashes were settled via penalty ‘kick-outs’, whilst Belhar caused a big shock by defeating Hamilton’s 31-29 in their hard-fought Super League A semifinal at City Park – that after Durb-Bell had managed a hard-fought 31-20 win over False Bay a bit earlier in the day.

But the on-field excitement aside, there is plenty on the go for the committed club rugby fans coming to DHL Newlands on Saturday – with ground entry priced at just R10!

The Castle Lawns will also be open, with the DHL WP v FS Cheetahs (Absa Currie Cup – 14h00) and the Springboks v All Blacks (Castle Rugby Championship – 17h00) matches both being screened LIVE! Best of all, however, is that R30,000 worth of prizes and prize money is up for grabs on Saturday for the best dressed SUPER FAN!

The WPRFU President’s Cup Finals Day is presented by WP Rugby, SAB and the Treble Group. And thanks to our media partners on the day, Cape Town TV and Bok Radio.

Visit www.wpclubrugby.co.za for more information and follow the hashtags #wpclubrugby and #wpjoulekkerding on the day for all the latest scores, updates and pictures!

SATURDAY’S PLAYING SCHEDULE: (Gates open at 10h40)

11h10: SLA U20 Final – False Bay v Durbanville-Bellville

12h30: SLC Final – Franschoek v Langa

14h00: SLB Final – Villager’s v Milnerton

15h30: SLA Final – Durbanville-Bellville v Belhar

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Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk where you can find all relevant club rugby information

Rugby News
Rugby News

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 the start of the President’s Cup in a few weeks’ time.

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

In Super League A, Hamilton’s cemented their place in the 2015 Community Cup with a convincing 45-19 victory over Tygerberg. Maties were too strong for Primrose as they ran out 50-10 winners and Durb-Bell thrashed SK Walmers 68-5, whilst Helderberg were narrow 8-6 winners over UWC.

In Super League B, Villager beat Pniel 7-5 to keep alive their title chances. Collegians beat Rangers 24-12 in their derby match played at Surrey Estate, Sir Lowrians beat Goodwood 24-22, whilst St Georges got a crucial victory when they beat Scottsdene 64-15.

In Super League C, Violets beat Raithby Universals 23-19, Silvertree and Noordelikes played out to an 18-18 draw, Franschoek United beat Strand 46-15 and Stel/Cor beat Mannenberg Rangers 11-7.

In the Top 9 Champions League, Masiphumelele beat Caledonian Roses 40-19, Young Stars beat Cloetesville 32-10, Lagunya beat Young Ideas 21-16 and Blue Jets beat Young Wesleys 33-16.

The 2014 DHL Western Province Emerging side has again reached the final of the Southern Amateur Provincial Championship in Humansdorp. The team, coached by Kuilsriver’s Lionel Langenhoven, is made up of Super League A players.

Below is a breakdown of the results from Humansdorp as well as a full team list:

APC South Day One results – Monday, August 25:
DHL Western Province Emerging 36 EP Invitational 24

APC South Day Two results – Wednesday, August 27:
DHL Western Province 30 Boland 12

APC South Round Three fixtures – Friday, August 29:
09h00: EP Invitational v Border Rural (7th/8th-place play-off)
10h45: Boland v Border (3rd/4th-place play-off)
10h00: EP Urban v EP Rural (Plate Final)
12h00: SWD v DHL Western Province (Cup Final)

The 2014 DHL Western Province Emerging side:

1. Gerard Lotter (False Bay)
2. Charlton van Jaarsveld (Tygerberg)
3. Gabri Lourens (Helderberg)
4. Wade Schoor (Primrose)
5. JP Kellerman (Tygerberg)
6. Sphetholo Buthelezi (Hamiltons)
7. Jose Julies (UWC)
8. Patrick O’Brien (UWC)
9. Louis Nel (Maties)
10. Shane Vallender (Hamiltons)
11. Cheslin Roberts (Belhar)
12. Tiaan Loots (Durb-Bell)
13. Danwill Erasmus (SK Walmers)
14. Craig Pheiffer (Hamilton’s)
15. Adrian Roberts (Belhar)
16. Thobela Ngonyoza (Kuilsrivier)
17. Steve Robbeson (Hamiltons)
18. Earl Johnson (False Bay)
19. Christy van Niekerk (Kuilsrivier)
20. Jason van Rooyen (Kuilsrivier)
21. Errol Jagger (Helderberg)
22. Eathon Coenraad (Bellville)
23. Madeeg Davids (SK Walmers)
24. Schalk Jooste (Durb-Bell)
25. Taliep Johnson (False Bay)

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.)

Maties v Hamilton’s (SLA)
Villager’s v Sir Lowrians (SLB)
Franschoek v Violets (SLC)
Young Stars v Young Wesleys (Top 9 Champions League)
Watsonia v Perseverance (Top 8 City League)
Strand Pioneers v Khayelitsha (Top 8 Northern League)
Thistles v Titans (Top 8 Southern League)
Lower Paarl v Vineyards (Paarl League Top 6)
Phizantekraal v Pumas (Simonsberg Region)

This weekend is the final round of matches in Super Leagues A, B, and C before the President’s Cup begins. There are some fantastic games on show this weekend and I would urge anyone who is in the area to go and watch.

Have a great rugby weekend and best of luck to all our clubs and teams in action.

Of course, last but not least, a special note of good luck to our three DHL Western Province teams (Under-19s, Under-21s and the senior side) in action in Pretoria. Continue to fly the Province flag, chaps!

The senior side will be wearing arm-bands in honour of Tinus Linee, whilst the Bulls have dedicated the game to Joost van der Westhuizen and will also be wearing arm-bands to create awareness for MND sufferers. It’s a wonderful gesture from both teams, but I must also congratulate our DHL WP captain Juan de Jongh who came up with the initial idea. Juan, Jou Lekker Ding!

Club Rugby News from Danny’s Desk

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Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk where you can find all relevant club rugby information

Rugby News
Rugby News

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)

Platteland start Cell C Community Cup play-offs

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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 5 – Kroonstad (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 10 – Winner Match 9 vs Blue Bulls 2. Winner to Match 11. Loser eliminated.

Match 11 – Winner 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)

Club Rugby News from Danny’s Desk

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Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk where you can find all relevant club rugby information

Rugby News
Rugby News

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. That could mean either gaining promotion or avoiding a relegation scrap.

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

In Super League A, Hamilton’s beat Belhar 31-21, UCT beat False Bay 21-13, and Maties beat UWC 45-3. The highlight of the weekend was no doubt the derby between SK Walmers and Primrose at Rosmead Avenue which ended in a 23-23 draw. It’s very tight at the top of the table between Maties, UCT, and Hamilton’s and this looks like it’s going down to the wire.

In Super League B, St George’s caused one of the upsets of the season when they beat Villagers 21-17 at Brookside. That result blows the title race wide open. Meanwhile, Rangers were very impressive in their 31-14 victory over Scottsdene.

In Super League C, Strand beat Langa 31-19, Strand United beat Manenburg Rangers 35-5, and Violets beat Paarl 38-17

The Top 9 Champions League is starting to take shape as the teams battle it out for promotion to Super League C. Here are the results of the weekend: Blue Jets 25 Blue Stars 13; Caledonians 22 Cloetesville 19; Young Stars 28 Young Ideas 15; Lagunya 36 Masiphumelele 43.

Well done to the DHL Western Province Sevens team who finished fourth at the first-ever Limerick World Club Sevens at Thomond Park last week. Here are the results from Limerick:

Day One (Pool B action):

DHL Western Province 12 – 0 Stade Français (Fra)

DHL Western Province 26 – 19 NSW Waratahs (Aus)

DHL Western Province 15 – 0 Vancouver Bears (Can)

Day Two (Cup knockouts):

Quarterfinals: DHL Western Province 19 – 5 New York (USA)

Semifinals: DHL Western Province 19 – 26 Vancouver Bears (Can)

Third/fourth-place Play-off: DHL Western Province 14 – 26 Auckland Blues (NZ)

This weekend, Coach Ricky Petersen and his team are in London for the World Club Sevens at Twickenham. Good luck, once again, to the team made up of some of our favourite and well known (and loyal!) local club players.

DHL Western Province got their Absa Currie Cup campaign off to a great start with a 35-16 win over the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth last weekend. This week, we’re back at home for the first time in the 2014 Absa Currie Cup, with all our teams (including the Under-19 and Under-21s) in action at DHL Newlands against the Blue Bulls. Games start from 09h45, when the U19s run out, so get down and support your Province teams in this usually ferocious North-South Derby.

The Newlands Brewery Tag Rugby Championship, in association with SARU has begun. Competition has been fierce among the teams and the action continues next week. The teams competing are YOU, Lagunya, Stealth Fighters, K9, and Dark Movement.

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.)

Durb-Bell v Hamilton’s (SLA)

Sir Lowrians v Rangers (SLB)

Langa v Van Der Stel (SLC)

Blue Jets v Young Stars (Top 9 Champions League)

Hamediehs v Watsonia (Top 8 City League)

Whistling Wheels v Atlantis (Top 8 Northern League)

Rocklands v Young Brothers (Top 8 Southern League)

Pumas v Kyamandi (Simonsberg Region)

Club Rugby News from Danny’s Desk

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Welcome to another edition of Danny’s Desk, your number one source for news surrounding Club Rugby in the Cape.

Rugby News
Rugby News

Things are starting to hot up as clubs are battling for promotion. This past weekend saw several games played in the three Super Leagues. In Super League A, Hamilton’s continued their unbeaten run when they beat False Bay 39-24. Belhar and Tygerberg played to a 20-20 draw in their game.

In Super League B, Sir Lowrians beat Hands & Heart 27-6, Macassar beat Young Peoples 29-15, Pniel beat Goodwood 40-21 and Hamlets and St Georges played to a 15-15 draw. Sir Lowrians are the new league leaders with 41 points, closely followed by Villager’s.

In Super League C, Paarl beat Elsies Rivier 21-17, Raithby beat Eersterivier 42-3, Langa beat Silverleaf  10-9, and Franschoek beat Stel/Coronations 35-20. Raithby remain on top with 46 points.

Congratulations must to go Young Stars, Masiphumelele, and Blue Jets who were winners of the City, Southern, and Northern leagues, respectively. They now join the other nine teams in the play-off league for promotion to Super League C.

Congratulations are also in order for the DHL Western Province youth teams who performed so remarkably over the past few weeks.

Our Under-16 side defended their Grant Khomo title after beating the Blue Bulls 26-11 in the unofficial final in Pretoria. Our Under-18 Academy side beat KZN 38-7 to become Academy Week champions, whilst our Craven Week side won their final match 37-29 against Free State in Middelburg last weekend.

Well done too, to our Under-18 Girls Sevens side who successfully defended their Sevens title in Uitenhage over the weekend, and to the Under-16 Girls team who finished their Youth Week unbeaten in KZN.

Four of the DHL Western Province’s standout players from the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week tournament were selected for the SA Schools trial squad. Well done to wing Duncan Saal, flank Saud Abrahams and locks Ruben de Villiers and Jaco Willemse who were named in the named in the 55-man trial squad. Best of luck to you boys, we know you will continue to do your union proud!

There are some really exciting club rugby fixtures coming up this weekend.

They are as follows:

Belhar v Maties (SLA)

St Georges v Pniel (SLB)

Langa v Paarl (SLC)

In the Top 9 ‘Champions League’, Blue Stars play Young Wesleys, Blue Jets play Masiphumelele and Lagunya play Cloetesville. These games will all take place on Saturday.

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It has been a quiet couple of weeks on the club rugby circuit as clubs are currently on their mid-season breaks. However, there was a Super League B game played over the weekend between Kraaifontein and Young Peoples. Kraaie ended up winning that encounter 29-22, despite a spirited effort by the Young Peoples team.

It was a very successful weekend for our Western Province youngsters as the Under-16 Grant Khomo and Under-18 Academy Youth Week teams and the Provincial Under-19 and Under-21 sides all registered good wins.

The DHL WP Under-19s beat Free State 50-26, whilst the U21s beat the Free State U21 team by 20-17 in a tough encounter. Both games, season-openers, were played at City Park – our home away from home! – and we will be back there again this weekend against the Leopards. We hope to see our supporters there too.

The U16s beat the Blue Bulls 26-11 in the unofficial final of their Grant Khomo Week. The U18s were victorious in their Academy Week matches, beating Free State (43-5) and the Bulls (17-8) and then KZN by 38-7 in the tournament finale. The DHL WP Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week team started their campaign this week with an exciting 33-32 win over the Pumas on Monday, but lost their second game, 23-38, to a fired-up SWD team in Middelburg.

A special mention must go to our unbeaten Under-16 Girls side who won their tournament after beating Border 26-19 in the final. This great set of results is testament to the hard work that all our youngsters put in and the time, effort and faith put into our youth set-ups.

Club Rugby makes a return this weekend. Although just the teams in the Super Leagues will be playing, it will be great to have some action back on Saturday afternoons!

In Super League A, False Bay host unbeaten League leaders Hamilton’s, and Helderberg play host to Belhar in a must-win encounter for the league newcomers. We’re already at the business-end of the season and now, more than ever, there is something to play for in every game.

In Super League B, the fixtures that stand out are: Pniel Villagers v Goodwood, Macassar v Young Peoples, and Hands & Heart v Sir Lowrians. It promises to be a cracking Super League B weekend!

The two big games in Super League C involve the two teams at the top of the table. League leaders Raithby Universals will hope their fairytale run continues as they host Eersterivier, whilst Langa who are hot on their heels, host Silverleaf in a must-win encounter.

Be sure to get down to your local club and lend your support or come on down to City Park on Saturday to watch the WP Under-19 and Under-21 teams against the Leopards (kick-off is at 13h30 and 15h30, respectively).

Danny Jones WPRFU

Rustenburg Impala Champions

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Rustenburg Impala on Monday held their nerve in a tense Cell C Community Cup final in soaking rain at Outeniqua Park in George to win the second edition of the Easter Playoffs and the historic Gold Cup.

The victory marked their third back-to-back win in the 2014 Cell C Community Cup Easter Playoffs, and followed an impressive showing in the pool stages of the competition in which they registered victories in three of their four matches.

In the other matches, tournament debutantes Hamiltons registered a 27-18 victory against 2013 runners up College Rovers in light rain to finish in third place, and in the dry matches GAP Management Despatch thumped Roses United 57-21 for their fifth-place finish and Refreshhh! Centurion defeated Kempston Old Selbornians 42-14.

In the SWD Easter Tournament hosted on the Outeniqua Park B field, the All Blacks defeated Calitzdorp 27-15 to finish the series in third place, Eagles Stars beat Glen Roses 43-12 and Knysna United outplayed the Jaguars for a 21-16 victory.

Kempston Old Selbornians 14 (11) Refreshhh! Centurion 42 (11)

Refreshhh! Centurion produced their best performance of the tournament against Kempston Old Selbornians in their final match to finish the Cell C Community Cup in seventh place. Kempston Old Selbornians started the clash well with Craig Shone kicking a penalty and No8 Craig Green crossing the tryline within the first 12 minutes to build up an 8-0 lead.

But Refreshhh! Centurion hit back in the second quarter with two penalties by flyhalf Steven Moir, while the team found their rhythm on attack and placed pressure on the Border club, which paid off with a try by centre Stanley Twiname. Shone kicked another penalty for his team before the break to leave the sides locked at 11-11.

But the flood gates opened for the Pretoria team as they continued to find the gaps in Kempston Old Selbornians’ defence in the second half with Twiname scoring back-to-back tries. This was followed by another three five-pointers to take their tally for the match to six. In return the opposition managed to kick only a penalty in the second half, forcing them to settle for a disappointing 42-14 defeat.

Roses United 21 (7) GAP Management Despatch 57 (36)

Defending Cell C Community Cup champions GAP Management Despatch also finished their Easter Playoff campaign on a high note with an emphatic 57-21 victory against Roses United. The victory marked their second of the tournament.

So dominant were GAP Management Despatch they scored eight tries to only three by Roses United, with wing Elcardo Mintoor earning a hat-trick. Five of the Port Elizabeth club’s tries were scored in the first half, two of which were in the opening 13 minutes, which allowed them to build up an encouraging 36-7 half-time lead.

They continued to exploit the weaknesses in the Roses United defence in the second half despite the Boland team’s determined efforts to step up their game, and crossed the tryline three more times. Unfortunately for Roses United, their costly handling errors aside, scrumhalf Percival Williams received a red card in the 64th minute which dealt a further blow to their hopes of a clawing their back into the match. However, they fought until the end and managed to score their third try of the match seven minutes from time to finish the match with 17 points. 

Jonsson College Rovers 18 (8) Hamiltons 27 (7)

The Cell C Community Cup third and fourth-place playoff between Jonsson College Rovers and Hamiltons was a hard-fought encounter, but Hamiltons’ ability to capitalise on their point-scoring chances in the second half handed them a 27-18 victory.

The first half was a tight affair as the teams threw everything at each other and this showed on the scoreboard with Jonsson College Rovers taking a narrow 8-7 lead. Hamiltons wing Iewan Bartels opened up the scoring with a try in the 15th minute which Shane Vallender converted to hand the team a 7-0 lead. But Jonsson College Rovers captain Christopher Micklewood slotted over a penalty minutes later, which was supported by a try by Warrick Venter. The rest of the second quarter proved to be tight as the teams did well to hold one another out.

Two tries within five minutes by Hamiltons early in the second half, however, put them on the front foot. Despite this, the KwaZulu-Natal club refused to give up and earned an invaluable try by Quinton Crocker on the stroke of the fourth quarter, which Micklewood converted and followed up with a penalty soon after to reduce the deficit to 21-18. Their hopes of a late comeback, however, were dashed by indiscipline, which allowed Hamiltons replacement back Johannes Jacobus van Zyl to kick two penalties in the last 10 minutes for the 27-18 victory.

Rustenburg Impala 13 (13) Roodepoort 11 (8)

The final between Rustenburg Impala and Roodepoort was thrilling as the teams put their bodies on the line in a physical battle for the title of Cell C Community Cup champions. Such was the closeness of the clash, the teams fought until the final whistle, but a successful conversion by Rustenburg Impala proved to be the difference between the sides on the scoreboard.

With the rain pouring down the teams were forced to play tight rugby, rather than an enterprising game, and they both defended well, resulting in the clash coming down to the wire. Both sides scored their only tries in the first half, but two penalties and a conversion by former Griquas and Western Province flyhalf Naas Olivier to add to their try, to only one penalty by Roodepoort, handed Rustenburg Impala a 13-8 lead at the break.

The 13 points, however, proved to be the only points scored by the team, as they battled to breach Roodepoort’s defence in the second half. Roodepoort flyhalf Hendrik Gerhardus Oosthuizen, meanwhile, added a penalty to their tally in the 56th minute to force their way into contention for the title with the score at 13-11 with over 20 minutes to play.

But Rustenburg Impala matched Roodepoort’s the fine defensive effort, and in the end denied the Johannesburg-based club a last-gasp victory despite their desperate attempts to cross the tryline after stringing together several phases on attack. 

Cell C Community Cup day three scorers:

Kempston Old Selbornians 14 (11) Refreshhh! Centurion 42 (11)

Kempston Old Selbornians – Try: Craig Green. Penalties: Craig Shone (2), Warren Rielly.

Refreshhh! Centurion – Tries: Gerhard van der Merwe, Jacques Olivier, Stanley Twiname (3), Yves Bashiya. Conversions: Steven Moir (3). Penalties: Steven Moir (2).

Roses United 21 (7) GAP Management Despatch 57 (36)

Roses United – Tries: Brendon April, Gareth Cilliers, Reinart Hubert Ellmann. Conversions: Brendon April, Lohan Lubbe, Ryan Julies.

GAP Management Despatch – Tries: Elcardo Mintoor (3), Elroy Ligman, Lesley Luiters, Monty Dumond, Stephan Deyzel, Trichardt van Tonder.  Conversions: Monty Dumond (7). Penalties: Monty Dumond.

Jonsson College Rovers 18 (8) Hamiltons 27 (7)

Jonsson College Rovers – Tries: Quinton Crocker, Warrick Venter. Conversions: Christopher Micklewood. Penalties: Christopher Micklewood (2).

Hamiltons – Tries: Iewan Bartels, Kudu Botha, Terry Jacobs. Conversions: Johannes Jacobus van Zyl (2), Shane Vallender. Penalties: Johannes Jacobus van Zyl (2).

Rustenburg Impala 13 (13) Roodepoort 11 (8)

Rustenburg Impala – Try: Leon Andries du Plessis. Conversion: Naas Olivier. Penalties: Naas Olivier (2).

Roodepoort  – Try: Jaun Shaw. Penalty: Hendrik Gerhardus Oosthuizen (2).

SWD Easter Tournament day two results:

Eagles Stars 43 – 12 Glen Roses

Knysna United 21 – 16 Jaguars

All Blacks 27 – 15 Calitzdorp (3rd/4th place-playoff)

Moari’s v Bridgton (final)

2014 Cell C Community Cup

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

For the latest Cell C Community Cup news, visit www.sarugby.co.za or follow SARU’s official club rugby and Community Cup Twitter account @saclubrugby

• East Rand TV derby to test waters of Thursday night club rugby

• Opening match in Despatch on 8 March also live on SuperSport

• All 12 Easter Championship matches live from George

• New timeslot for second season of magazine show

CLUB rugby will step back into the television spotlight next month when two of the country’s biggest derbies will be broadcast live during the second edition of the Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off on 8 March.

New ground will be broken at Bosman Stadium on Thursday 20 March when last year’s bronze medallists, G5 Metals Brakpan face arch-rivals Kaufela Boksburg in an eagerly-anticipated Pool C match that will be televised on SuperSport 1 & HD (kick-off 18:00). The East Rand derby will represent the first time open-club rugby has occupied a prime-time TV slot on a weeknight.

This follows confirmation that this year’s opening match, between defending champions Gap Management Despatch and their Eastern Province rivals Spring Rose, will be broadcast live from the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch on Saturday 8 March (kick-off 14h30).

And the Cell C Community Cup Easter Championship play-offs, to be hosted at Outeniqua Park in George from 17-21 April, will once again be broadcast in its entirety – thereby bringing to 14 the number of live matches in the 2014 edition of SARU’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs. Additionally, a second six-part season of the popular Cell C Community Cup television magazine show, “Working-Class Heroes”, will be broadcast in a new timeslot, starting on Thursday 13 March at 19h00 on SuperSport 1 & HD.

“Club rugby is slowly but surely reclaiming the territory it has lost in recent years and we are very happy in particular to see the growth in TV exposure compared to last year,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux. “Apart from the 14 lives games, SuperSport will be covering each of the 40 pool matches for the magazine show, which means all 20 competing clubs will have a great platform to showcase themselves, both on and off the field.

“The popularity and reach of the Cell C Community Cup is growing rapidly and on that note we will also be making a number of other exciting announcements before the 2014 tournament kicks off in two weeks’ time.”

The Cell C Community Cup begins on 8 March with eight pool matches taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

“No other tournament that SARU runs covers literally as much ground, or has the opportunity to leave its mark on so many geographically and culturally diverse communities,” said Roux. “In the pool stages alone, clubs will be travelling nearly 25,000km, which is an average of over 600km per match. It’s a tough tournament but club rugby players have never lacked an appetite for a challenge.”

The two highest-placed clubs in each of the four Pools will qualify for the Easter Championships.

The Cell C Community Cup 2014 fixtures:

POOL STAGES (all kick-off times 16h00 unless otherwise indicated):

Round 1 – Saturday 8 March:

Match 1 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Spring Rose (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch, 14h30 – TV)

Match 2 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Bridgton (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 3 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 4 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 13h00)

Match 5 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Kaufela Boksburg (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 6 (Pool C) – Roses United vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 7 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Wesbank (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Match 8 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Sishen (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Byes: Kempston Old Selbornians, Eagle Towing Rovers, Centurion, Hamiltons.

Round 2 – Saturday 15 March:

Match 9 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Gap Management Despatch (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 10 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Kempston Old Selbornians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 11 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Roodepoort (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 12 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Eagle Towing Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 13 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Roses United (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 14 (Pool C) – Centurion vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 15 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Sishen (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Match 16 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Rustenburg Impala (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Byes: Mossel Bay Barbarians, Jonsson College Rovers, G5 Metals Brakpan, Wesbank.

Round 3 – Thursday 20 March:

Match 22 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs Kaufela Boksburg (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00 – live on SS1 & HD)

Round 3 – Saturday 22 March:

Match 17 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians vs Bridgton (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 18 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch)

Match 19 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Jonsson College Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 20 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs Roodepoort (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 16h30)

Match 21 (Pool C) – Roses United vs Centurion (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 23 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Shumba Ferros (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Match 24 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Hamiltons (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Byes: Spring Rose, E-Car Welkom, BB Truck Noordelikes, Rustenburg Impala.

Round 4 – Saturday 29 March:

Match 25 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Kempston Old Selbornians (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 26 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Spring Rose (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 27 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 17h00)

Match 28 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Jonsson College Rovers (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 29 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00)

Match 30 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Centurion (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 31 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Rustenburg Impala (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Match 32 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Shumba Ferros (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Byes: Gap Management Despatch, Bloemfontein Crusaders, Roses United, Sishen.

Round 5 – Saturday 5 April:

Match 33 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 34 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians v Gap Management Despatch (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 35 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs Eagle Towing Rovers (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 15h00)

Match 36 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 37 (Pool C) – Centurion vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 38 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Roses United (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 39 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Hamiltons (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Match 40 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Wesbank (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Byes: Bridgton, Roodepoort, Kaufela Boksburg, Shumba Ferros.

Easter Championship Play-offs – Outeniqua Park, George (all matches live on SuperSport. K/o times tbc):

Day 1 – Thursday 17 April:

Match 41 (Cup QF1) – Winner Pool C vs Runner-up Pool D

Match 42 (Cup QF2) – Winner Pool B vs Runner-up Pool A

Match 43 (Cup QF3) – Winner Pool D vs Runner-up Pool C

Match 44 (Cup QF4) – Winner Pool A vs Runner-up Pool B

Day 2 – Saturday 19 April:

Match 45 (Losers’ match 1) – Loser Match 41 (QF1) vs Loser Match 42 (QF2)

Match 46 (Losers’ match 2) – Loser Match 43 (QF3) vs Loser Match 44 (QF4)

Match 47 (Cup SF1) – Winner Match 41 (QF1) vs Winner Match 42 (QF2)

Match 48 (Cup SF2) – Winner Match 43 (QF3) vs Winner Match 44 (QF4)

Day 3 – Easter Monday, 21 April:

Match 49 (7th/8th Place Play-off) – Loser Match 45 vs Loser Match 46

Match 50 (5h/6th Place Play-off) – Winner Match 45 vs Winner Match 46

Thursday, 20 February 2014

TV derbies to shine spotlight on 2014 Cell C Community Cup

For the latest Cell C Community Cup news, visit www.sarugby.co.za or follow SARU’s official club rugby and Community Cup Twitter account @saclubrugby

PHOTO CAPTION: Gap Management Despatch players lift the iconic Gold Cup after winning the inaugural Cell C Community Cup final at Outeniqua Park in George in 2013. Photo: Roger Sedris/ImageSA.

• East Rand TV derby to test waters of Thursday night club rugby

• Opening match in Despatch on 8 March also live on SuperSport

• All 12 Easter Championship matches live from George

• New timeslot for second season of magazine show

CLUB rugby will step back into the television spotlight next month when two of the country’s biggest derbies will be broadcast live during the second edition of the Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off on 8 March.

New ground will be broken at Bosman Stadium on Thursday 20 March when last year’s bronze medallists, G5 Metals Brakpan face arch-rivals Kaufela Boksburg in an eagerly-anticipated Pool C match that will be televised on SuperSport 1 & HD (kick-off 18:00). The East Rand derby will represent the first time open-club rugby has occupied a prime-time TV slot on a weeknight.

This follows confirmation that this year’s opening match, between defending champions Gap Management Despatch and their Eastern Province rivals Spring Rose, will be broadcast live from the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch on Saturday 8 March (kick-off 14h30).

And the Cell C Community Cup Easter Championship play-offs, to be hosted at Outeniqua Park in George from 17-21 April, will once again be broadcast in its entirety – thereby bringing to 14 the number of live matches in the 2014 edition of SARU’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs. Additionally, a second six-part season of the popular Cell C Community Cup television magazine show, “Working-Class Heroes”, will be broadcast in a new timeslot, starting on Thursday 13 March at 19h00 on SuperSport 1 & HD.

“Club rugby is slowly but surely reclaiming the territory it has lost in recent years and we are very happy in particular to see the growth in TV exposure compared to last year,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux. “Apart from the 14 lives games, SuperSport will be covering each of the 40 pool matches for the magazine show, which means all 20 competing clubs will have a great platform to showcase themselves, both on and off the field.

“The popularity and reach of the Cell C Community Cup is growing rapidly and on that note we will also be making a number of other exciting announcements before the 2014 tournament kicks off in two weeks’ time.”

The Cell C Community Cup begins on 8 March with eight pool matches taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

“No other tournament that SARU runs covers literally as much ground, or has the opportunity to leave its mark on so many geographically and culturally diverse communities,” said Roux. “In the pool stages alone, clubs will be travelling nearly 25,000km, which is an average of over 600km per match. It’s a tough tournament but club rugby players have never lacked an appetite for a challenge.”

The two highest-placed clubs in each of the four Pools will qualify for the Easter Championships.

The Cell C Community Cup 2014 fixtures:

POOL STAGES (all kick-off times 16h00 unless otherwise indicated):

Round 1 – Saturday 8 March:

Match 1 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Spring Rose (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch, 14h30 – TV)

Match 2 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Bridgton (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 3 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 4 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 13h00)

Match 5 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Kaufela Boksburg (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 6 (Pool C) – Roses United vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 7 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Wesbank (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Match 8 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Sishen (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Byes: Kempston Old Selbornians, Eagle Towing Rovers, Centurion, Hamiltons.

Round 2 – Saturday 15 March:

Match 9 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Gap Management Despatch (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 10 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Kempston Old Selbornians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 11 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Roodepoort (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 12 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Eagle Towing Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 13 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Roses United (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 14 (Pool C) – Centurion vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 15 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Sishen (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Match 16 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Rustenburg Impala (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Byes: Mossel Bay Barbarians, Jonsson College Rovers, G5 Metals Brakpan, Wesbank.

Round 3 – Thursday 20 March:

Match 22 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs Kaufela Boksburg (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00 – live on SS1 & HD)

Round 3 – Saturday 22 March:

Match 17 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians vs Bridgton (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 18 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch)

Match 19 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Jonsson College Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 20 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs Roodepoort (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 16h30)

Match 21 (Pool C) – Roses United vs Centurion (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 23 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Shumba Ferros (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Match 24 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Hamiltons (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Byes: Spring Rose, E-Car Welkom, BB Truck Noordelikes, Rustenburg Impala.

Round 4 – Saturday 29 March:

Match 25 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Kempston Old Selbornians (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 26 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Spring Rose (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 27 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 17h00)

Match 28 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Jonsson College Rovers (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 29 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00)

Match 30 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Centurion (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 31 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Rustenburg Impala (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Match 32 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Shumba Ferros (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Byes: Gap Management Despatch, Bloemfontein Crusaders, Roses United, Sishen.

Round 5 – Saturday 5 April:

Match 33 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 34 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians v Gap Management Despatch (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 35 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs Eagle Towing Rovers (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 15h00)

Match 36 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 37 (Pool C) – Centurion vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 38 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Roses United (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 39 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Hamiltons (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Match 40 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Wesbank (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Byes: Bridgton, Roodepoort, Kaufela Boksburg, Shumba Ferros.

Easter Championship Play-offs – Outeniqua Park, George (all matches live on SuperSport. K/o times tbc):

Day 1 – Thursday 17 April:

Match 41 (Cup QF1) – Winner Pool C vs Runner-up Pool D

Match 42 (Cup QF2) – Winner Pool B vs Runner-up Pool A

Match 43 (Cup QF3) – Winner Pool D vs Runner-up Pool C

Match 44 (Cup QF4) – Winner Pool A vs Runner-up Pool B

Day 2 – Saturday 19 April:

Match 45 (Losers’ match 1) – Loser Match 41 (QF1) vs Loser Match 42 (QF2)

Match 46 (Losers’ match 2) – Loser Match 43 (QF3) vs Loser Match 44 (QF4)

Match 47 (Cup SF1) – Winner Match 41 (QF1) vs Winner Match 42 (QF2)

Match 48 (Cup SF2) – Winner Match 43 (QF3) vs Winner Match 44 (QF4)

Day 3 – Easter Monday, 21 April:

Match 49 (7th/8th Place Play-off) – Loser Match 45 vs Loser Match 46

Match 50 (5h/6th Place Play-off) – Winner Match 45 vs Winner Match 46

Match 51 (3rd/4th Place Play-off) – Loser Match 47 (SF1) vs Loser Match 48 (SF2)

Match 52 (Cup Final) – Winner Match 47 (SF1) vs Winner Match 48 (SF2)

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

SA Rugby supports “ClubWise” initiative

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SARU-ClubWise Cover

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.

Saracens vs Jonsson College Rovers

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The Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV Village) is proud to announce that they will play host to Saracens from the UK and Jonsson College Rovers in an exhibition match scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 14th August 2013 on the John Smit Rugby Field, which was funded and officially opened by John in 2012.

Shute Shield Media Release Friday June 28, 2013

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Aussie Club Rugby:
Round 12 team changes

Randwick have made two changes, with Tristan Goodbody taking over at loosehead and Drew Mitchell replacing Ethan Ford at 11 for their game against Eastwood.

Penrith have announced seven changes to the starting XV that will take on Norths, with hooker Kerren Straker taking over the captaincy.

Sunday’s clash between Sydney University and Eastern Suburbs, which will be shown live online thanks to Club Rugby TV (clubrugbytv.com.au) from 3pm, has seen one change, with Easts announcing that Alex Walker will start at hooker in place of John Ulugia, who will be included on the bench.

Following amendments to the Randwick, Penrith and Eastern Suburbs, please see the amended teams below (amendments shown in red).

Randwick v Eastwood @ Coogee Oval (3pm) (ABC TV GAME):

Randwick: 1 Tristan Goodbody, 2 Patrick Hodgetts, 3 Richard Aho, 4 Geoff Ingram, 5 William Munro, 6 Seilala Lam (c), 7 Tom Connor, 8 Nathan Paila, 9 Harrison Boileau, 10 David Horwitz, 11 Drew Mitchell, 12 Pete Samu, 13 Terrence Hepetema, 14 Timothy Wright, 15 Rennie Lautolo

Eastwood: 1 Jed Gillespie, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 3 Marty Plokstys, 4 Jared Barry, 5 Mitch Lees, 6 Hugh Perrett (c), 7 Hugh Roach, 8 Locky McCaffrey, 9 Shanin Proctor, 10 Jimmy Hilgendorf, 11 Nick Batger, 12 Michael McDougall, 13 Cam Mitchell, 14 Nick Reily, 15 Ben Batger

Northern Suburbs v Penrith @ North Sydney Oval

Northern Suburbs: 1 Daniel Murray, 2 Will Weeks, 3 Karl Truijens, 4 Michael O’Hea, 5 Ben Matwijow, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 7 Sam Figg, 8 AJ Gilbert (c), 9 Michael Dowsett, 10 Scott Daruda, 11 Corey Brown, 12 Elih Baillie, 13 Bill Meakes, 14 Peter Schuster, 15 Liam Windon

Penrith: 1 Heath Toon, 2 Kerren Straker (c), 3 Nigel Vaifale, 4 Iosua Tonga, 5 Sione Pusiaki Fifita, 6 Vai Sosaiete, 7 Pita Tupou, 8 Willie Tooala, 9 Solomona Silipa, 10 Simione Moelasi, 11 Paula Katoa, 12 Henry Lilomaiava, 13 Paueli Halafihi, 14 Fokolulu Taumalolo, 15 Wilson Silipa

Sunday June 30 June:
Sydney University v Eastern Suburbs @ Sydney University Oval No. 1 (3pm)

Sydney University: 1 Jeremy Tilse, 2 James Willan, 3 Paddy Ryan, 4 Will Skelton, 5 Ollie Atkins, 6 Liam Winton, 7 David Hickey, 8 Tom Boidin (c) 9 Jake Gordon, 10 Stuart Dunbar, 11 Greg Jeloudev, 12 Tom Carter, 13 Jim Stewart, 14 James Dargaville, 15 Tom Kingston

Eastern Suburbs: 1 Sione Kolo, 2 Alex Walker, 3 Rob McMickan, 4 Richard Stanford, 5 Phil Mathers, 6 Pauliasi Taumoepeau (c), 7 Ryan Hodson, 8 Andrew Shaw, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 10 Henry Hudson, 11 Elijah Niko, 12 Angus Sinclair, 13 Apakuki Ma’afu, 14 Anton Lavin, 15 Damon Anderson

Club rugby still important

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Found this gem by Justin Marshall on a New Zealand website – pro players of today won’t have a clue what he is talking about…

Stuff.co.nz

It was early in the second half that I began to question my wisdom.

Tony Woodcock had ball in hand, a bit of a grin on his face and was running straight at me. Off to his left, clearly relishing the prospect of being first to the breakdown to clean me out, is Andrew Hore.

I’m still sore this morning. But it’s the most contented and “nice” sore I’ve felt in a long time.

On Saturday, I played my first senior club rugby game of the year. Since moving to Queenstown, I’ve been doing a bit of casual backs coaching at the Wakatipu club and when I was asked if I’d play the odd game, I was silly enough to agree, rationalising it as a way to keep a bit of fitness up at 39.

It was quite some debut assignment. For starters, they don’t come much bigger in Queenstown.

Wakatipu was making their second defence of the White Horse trophy which I am reliably told is the second oldest trophy in New Zealand rugby to the Ranfurly Shield only.

Our opponents were Maniototo who just happened to have a couple of brothers named Charlie and Andrew Hore who had brought along their mate Tony for a run as well. They soon let me know they were there.

My first wobbly pass was greeted with a chuckle from Horey and the comment: “Nothing’s changed, huh Marshy?” (his first wobbly lineout throw drew the same response from me of course!).

Reflecting yesterday on the game, the beers and camaraderie I had afterwards with the Hores, Tony and players from both sides (it was quite some night!), I was surprised at what it stirred in me.

Outside of the presence of two current All Blacks (and a crusty older ex-one), this was as grassroots as rugby gets in New Zealand.

We had the women being thanked for the plate, the speeches from both teams, the winning team (thankfully us) drinking from the trophy, the re-living of the game’s high and low moments, the banter and rugby’s spirit flowing freely among opposing players.

I found that unexpectedly inspiring and it reminded me of why I played rugby in the first place.

Horey just looked at me with a knowing wink. He says this is why he plays for Maniototo whenever he can. Woody was more animated. He was loving this environment.

Let’s face it, these two guys were on a bye weekend following a miserable first half of the Highlanders’ season. Yet they wanted to play club rugby.

I now understand why. It’s a release. Professional rugby is hard. It’s a slog. It’s mentally and physically demanding. You never get to relax. Even straight after a game, you are constantly on the recovery treadmill, drinking this vitamin potion, doing this, doing that….

Today’s professional player is never exposed to rugby’s true spirit – the one that pulses through the clubs of Queenstown and all through our rural heartlands and urban cities.

And it’s a shame on two counts.

Firstly, I think there’s a direct link to the increasing number of pro rugby players getting in trouble and the fact they don’t have an anchor like club rugby in their life. Secondly, they are often lesser rugby players for not playing for clubs.

When I was at the Saracens in the UK, there was a gifted young player whom they weren’t sure about. They rated him but told me his skills would occasionally let him down, that he could go missing at certain times in games.

I said: “Look he just needs to play some rugby”.

Like so many good young players around the world, he’d never been exposed to club rugby. He had been signed into an academy as a kid, and spent more time in the gym than on a rugby field because these academy teams just don’t play much rugby.

He came to Christchurch for a season to play for the Sumner club. He spent a year playing week-in, week-out, through injury and having to front up to tough bastards time after time with no excuses accepted. He went back to England and was a starting winger for Saracens all of last season.

Therein lies another point. Senior club rugby, at least in New Zealand, is tough. It takes courage, commitment and real team-work to get through those 80 minutes. The quality is high, the commitment unwavering. You feel a sense of ownership with your team-mates.

I haven’t been rucked as much as I was on Saturday in years. You see it coming, you know it’s going to sting but you cop it. It’s what happens when you’re on the wrong side of a ruck. That and other experiences make something of you.

And it’s those experiences, the mateship and friendships you gain that is priceless. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to keep these young men we are putting on the pro rugby treadmill tapping into that spirit.

They would be better for it. With my point now made, I will limp off to the mineral baths.

But not without reminding my old mates Horey and Woody that we won 34-24, the trophy is still ours and the bruises don’t really hurt as much as they think they do.

And, no, it wasn’t me who punched you, Horey. I’d never be that stupid.

MARSHALL LORE

Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock will be All Blacks again this year. Having played against them on Saturday, and witnessed first hand their quality, I have no doubt about that.

Their presence at club rugby in Queenstown on Saturday drew people from far and wide. Both played their part and were outstanding ambassadors for our game.

You can only be impressed by the remarkable turnaround the Blues have made under JK from last year.

They will learn a huge amount from their loss in Brisbane. As a predominantely young team they probably should have won that game.

What I’m really enjoying from this side is the brand of rugby they are playing. High tempo, fast and physical. It’s great to watch and hard to combat. They will be there at the business end if they can keep this up….

The Hurricanes losing in Palmerston North could have derailed their campaign.

Now off to SA I believe they need to win both of their games over there to survive.

A tough off field week didn’t help and the Stormers came in under the radar without the media attention and did a number on the Canes.

The Chiefs are still not firing on all cylinders but when they ignite they look very much a class above their opposition.

They just need to find that consistency on defence and attack to put in more complete performances. When they unlock that box the world is their oyster…

Despatch wins Community Cup

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It was almost fitting that it took 79 minutes of the final to determine the eventual winners of the inaugural Cell C Community Cup, but in the end it was GAP Despatch who ran out 26-24 winners over Jonsson College Rovers, courtesy of a last-gasp penalty on the hooter by their fullback Monty Dumond.

Community Cup – Finals day

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There will be plenty of history at stake at Outeniqua Park in George on Monday when two former Springbok team-mates come up against each other in the coaches’ box as Jonsson College Rovers and GAP Despatch slug it out to become the inaugural winners of the Cell C Community Cup.

Historic ‘Gold Cup’ unveiled as Community Cup prize

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The historic Gold Cup has been brought out of retirement and painstakingly restored as the ‘Holy Grail’ for club rugby players in the Cell C Community Cup, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Wednesday.

Club Rugby to get massive exposure, money

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With the news that Cell C will sponsor the Community Cup, SARU have also revealed that the competition will get extensive television coverage.

Cell C Sponsors Community Cup

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The Community Cup club rugby competition will be sponsored by cellphone company, Cell C, it was announced by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday.

Club rugby entering new era

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SARU CEO Jurie Roux said on Wednesday that club rugby was on the brink on a new era as the one-month countdown began to kick off in the inaugural SARU Community Cup.

Community Cup fixtures for 2013 confirmed

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REIGNING national club champions Jonsson College Rovers of KZN will play GAP Despatch in the opening match of the inaugural SARU Community Cup on 16 February next year in Durban.

Community Cup details released

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THE 20-team field for the inaugural SARU Community Cup for SA’s top club rugby teams was confirmed by SARU on Tuesday. The competition kicks off in February 2013.

Rovers are club champs!

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Kobus de Kock scored a try and kicked a 58-metre penalty late in the game as Jonsson College Rovers claimed the 2012 SARU National Club Championship title with a 23-10 victory over Pretoria Police in the final, played at the Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club on Friday.

Huge boost for club rugby

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The revival of club rugby in South Africa received a major boost on Thursday with the announcement that a new televised national tournament for non-university clubs would kick off in 2013.

Club Champs round-up

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Hosts Rustenburg Impala will face Blue Bulls champions Pretoria Police in a heavyweight northern-union semi-final at the SARU National Club Championships after both sides recorded impressive wins in Monday’s quarter-finals.

Sir Lowrians, a club for the community

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In our first feature of Sir Lowrians RFC we introduced you to the who’s who of the club and where to find them – in our second instalment we get to know just what makes this club and its members tick – and how rugby unites a community and cultures.

Ground-breaking SARU initiative for club rugby

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As if destined to be made public as we launch our ‘Club Exposure’ project, SA Rugby have announced a brilliant club rugby initiative.

Club Exposure – Sir Lowrians

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In our first edition of club exposure, we are proud to introduce you to Sir Lowrians Rugby Football Club!

Club Exposure SA

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This site has always been about giving something back to the game, and this is exactly what we hope to achieve with our new club rugby project.

SA Club Rugby round-up

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College Rovers, the 2010 National Club Champions and one of the country’s leading non-university clubs, will be aiming for a seventh KZN Moor Cup title in a row when they begin their campaign on Saturday away to UKZN Pietermaritzburg (k/o 15h30).

SA Club Champs round up, Round 2

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With one month to go until kick-off of the enlarged Predator League for Gauteng and North West clubs, historic Highveld outfit Alberton are preparing for a centenary season to remember.

SA Club Rugby Round-up

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Here is a look at the national club results of the last week.

Rugby break-away on the cards?

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According to news reports from the United Kingdom, a ‘violent breakaway’ from current rugby controlling bodies to form a new global league may not be too far off.

SA Club Rugby Round-up

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Kimberley Police made rugby history on Saturday when they beat arch-rivals Kuruman in an extraordinary and unprecedented Griqualand West Super League final played in front of over 1,000 spectators at the Northern Cape mining town’s showgrounds.

SA Club Rugby round-up

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With just over 10 weeks remaining until the start of the 2011 National Club Championships in Stellenbosch, from 17-23 September, traditional Mpumalanga heavyweights Nelspruit have not given up hope of booking their ticket to SARU’s season-ending flagship clubs tournament.

12 slots still open for National Club Champs

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With just over 12 weeks remaining until the start of the 2011 National Club Championships, a number of Border clubs made a statement as the second round of the league resumed in the Eastern Cape last weekend.