National Club Rugby Round-up: Griquas clubs eye play-off spots
The final round of the Griquas Super League takes place on Saturday with three semi-final spots stil...
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National Club Rugby Round-up: Griquas clubs eye play-off
The final round of the Griquas Super League takes place on Saturday with three semi-final spots still
up for grabs in the country's most geographically demanding domestic club competition.
Only defending champions Aveng Moolmans Sishen, undefeated in their five matches to date and top
of Group A, are assured of a place in the last four, with five other clubs playing for the remaining
slots on offer.
All eyes will be on Griquas Park in Kimberley where it will be a straight shoot-out for second in
Group A when Kimberley, currently on 14 points, play Postmasburg (11pts) in a curtain-raiser at
12h30 to the Absa Currie Cup qualifier between ORC Griquas and the Boland Cavaliers.
In Group B, not even leaders Upington Dorp (16pts) are assured of their place in the semis. Dorp
host third-placed Young Stars of Port Nolloth (12pts) while even bottom-placed Young Tigers (10pts)
of Calvinia can sneak through if they can come away from Upington with victory over second-placed
The semi-finals take place on 18 July, with the final set for a week later.
Elsewhere around the country, fresh from a morale-boosting 31-30 win in their Uitenhage derby
against arch-rivals Gardens, Progress will quickly need to come off that high when they take on Cell
C Community Cup side PE Police, who, together with Gap Management Despatch, are the only
unbeaten sides remaining in the EP Grand Challenge.
Gardens meanwhile will travel to Despatch to play the log leaders, who have been pushed hard by
PE Harlequins (19-12) and Park (31-29) in recent weeks.
In the SWD Premier League, unbeaten Evergreens of Pacaltsdorp will look to make it nine bonus-
point wins from nine when they host Bridgton of Oudtshoorn, while up the coast in the Border Super
League, Cambridge host Kempston Old Selbornians in a big East London derby.
Further up the coast in KZN, reigning KZN Murray Cup knockout champions Amanzimtoti will look
to possibly move into third on the Fidelity Security Moor Cup log when they host Varsity College on
Friday night, while champions and unbeaten log leaders SA Home Loans Durban Collegians will
want to maintain their seven-point lead when they travel to Empangeni on Saturday to face seventh-
placed Zululand Rhinos.
Up north, Pretoria Police will want to exact revenge on Rustenburg Impala when the two sides meet
in Pretoria for the third instalment of what has become an intriguing series this season. In April,
Impala beat the Bobbies 30-28 with the last kick of the match in the Cell C Community Cup quarter-
Nico Luus's side travelled to Rustenburg last week hoping to reverse that agonising loss, but it was a
case of déjà vu as Police again lost in dramatic circumstances, 27-26.
Staying up north, Community Cup sides Raiders and Vaseline Wanderers will want to keep within
striking distance of the leading open club on the standings, Roodepoort, when they play Randfontein
and Alberton respectively in the Golden Lions Pirates Grand Challenge.
And down south, the massive Boland Grand Challenge sees another 21 derbies play out in front of
huge crowds across the West Coast, Winelands and Overberg Districts, with the pick of the games
being Wesbank vs Vredenburg (Swartland-West Coast), Bella Vista vs Ceres (Witzenberg), Black
Leaves vs Kleinmond (Overberg) and Bonnievale Blue Birds vs Villagers Montagu (Breede Valley-