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.
The other semi-final sees 2010 national club champions Jonsson College Rovers face Border champions Broubart Old Selbornians in an all-East Coast affair.
Pretoria Police, the reigning Carlton Cup champions led by evergreen lock Nico Luus, stormed into the last four thanks to an impressive 36-25 win over one of the pre-tournament favourites, WP’s Durbanville-Bellville.
Impala, playing once again in front of a large home crowd, were made to work hard against Golden Lions champions Roodepoort in the day’s main game before running out 31-19 winners.
College Rovers were also made to sweat against EP’s Despatch, coming back from 30-28 down with six minutes to play to win 41-30, thanks to a late try from scrumhalf Shannon Rick and two penalties from replacement fullback Kobus de Kock.
And in the day’s first quarter-final, Border champions Broubart Old Selbornians caused a minor shock when they scored a late try to beat Valke champions Brakpan 28-26. Old Boys’ hero was flyhalf Glen Warner, who kicked 20 points including a vital drop goal.
The country’s northern-union clubs continued their good form in the Plate, with Naka Bulls, Noordelikes, Welkom Rovers and Bloemfontein Police all winning through to Wednesday’s semi-finals.
Day 2 results (Mon 17 Sep):
Broubart Old Selbornians 28 – Try: Craig Shone. Conversion: Glen Warner. Penalties: Warner (5). Drop goals: Warner, Stuart Hudson.
Brakpan 26 – Tries: Franco Booysen, Ian Evans. Penalties: Charl Nieuwenhuis (5).
Jonsson College Rovers 41 – Tries: Chris Jordaan, Shannon Rick (2), Kosie Haarhof. Conversions: Jors Dannhauser (3). Penalties: Dannhauser (2), Kobus de Kock (3).
Despatch 30 – Tries: Billy Mentoor, Monty Dumond, Baldwin McBean. Conversions: Dumond (3). Penalties: Dumond (2). Drop goal: Dumond.
Durbanville-Bellville 25 – Tries: Ian Coetzee, Morne Mennigke, Quinten Coetzer. Conversions: Coetzee (2). Penalties: Coetzee (2).
Pretoria Police 36 – Tries: Ruan van Loo, Heinrich Rademeyer, Pieter Strydom, Michael Nienaber (2). Conversions: Dillen Laubsher (4). Penalty: Laubsher.
Rustenburg Impala 31 – Tries: Morne Jooste, Nelis Nel, Jermaine Apollis. Conversions: Willie Kok (2). Penalties: Kok (4).
Roodepoort 19 – Try: Daniel Gibhard. Conversion: Llewellyn le Roux. Penalties: Le Roux (4).
Naka Bulls 25 – Tries: F Nel, W Botes, I Erasmus, penalty try. Conversion: P Mulder. Penalty: R Boshoff.
Villagers Worcester 23 – Tries: David Wehr, John Arendse, Yazeed Johnson. Conversion: Emile Smith. Penalty: Godwann Damon. Drop goal: Johnson.
Blanco 22 – Tries: Hentzwill Pedro (3). Conversions: Alaine Jansen (2). Penalty: Jansen.
Welkom Rovers 37 – Tries: WP van Vuuren, Cobus Aucamp, Virgel Russell, Ossie Nortje, Johnnie Fourie. Conversions: Tiaan van Wyk (3). Penalties: Van Wyk (2).
Noordelikes 38 – Tries: Mynardt Smith (2), Zack Botha (2). Conversions: Zander Byleveldt (3). Penalties: (4).
Witrivier 30 – Tries: Johan Smit, Dewald vd Berg (2), Michael de Bruyn.
Bloemfontein Police 22 – Tries: Heino Shepperson, Stevie Meyer (2), Isak Job. Conversion: Job.
Kumba Iron Ore Sishen 17 – Tries: F Steyn, N Peens. Conversions: M Mapanga (2). Penalty: Mapanga.
Day 3 fixtures (Wed):
11h30 College Rovers v Old Selbornians
16h00 Rustenburg Impala v Pretoria Police
13h00 Noordelikes v Bloemfontein Police
14h30 Naka Bulls v Welkom Rovers