WEDNESDAY COLUMN CLUB RUGBY

Go Nutz College Rovers pulled off one of their finest and most important victories in decades to earn a place in the semi-finals of the National Club Championship and an opportunity to be the first club in KZN to hold the Gold Cup up high. They travelled to Cape Town to face Tygerberg on their home turf at Florida Park in their all important quarter final game to keep their chances alive and returned victorious.

 

What made this victory that much more special was the fact that after last weeks disappointing result, which saw Direct Axis False Bay stealing a 15-14 win on time against the KZNRU champion club, it was always going to be difficult to come back and lift themselves from the disappointment. Instead of finishing top of their Pool ‘D’ for a home quarter final they had to travel to Cape Town as the runners up.In the end they travelled into unknown territory where the support base was around 5,000 and screaming for home side. Amidst the hostile and intimidating home support, It certainly wasn’t an easy envirment to play in but they managed to survive.

 

It was the first time that these two sides had met with Rovers showing great character to come back from their disappointing result the week before and take the honors 27-23 in front the noisy and verbal support base for one of their finest victories that will no doubt give them a lot more confidence going into their semi final game against the Quins Bobbies RFC in Pretoria this weekend. It was a particularly moral boosting victory in every sense of the word.

 

Although the score line was rather close, Rovers actually outscored Tygerburg five tries to two with wing, the 2016 Gold Cup backline player of the year, Tythan Adam, leading the charge crossing for two superlative touchdowns. The others went to center Brandon Bailing, flanker Graham Geldenhuys and their Will o the Whisp scrumhalf Grant Williams. Fullback Gav Scott was successful with only one conversions,
As the boys from False Bay predicted “ if you beat Tygerberg on their home grounds it will only be by about three eight points.”  And so it was, the correct prediction, with the hosts replying with two tries scored by Shameegh Allen and Wilbre van Wyk and both converted by Deon Taljaard who also added three penalties to his tally of 13 points scored. All in all, once again, a truly great advert for the club game.
In the other quarter final games Newrak Rustenberg Impala had a comfortable 69-21 win over Northam Platinum Rhinos. QBR who Rovers meet in the semi final powered their way to a 59-20 victory over Sasol Hydra Ark Secunda 59-20 and False Bay had little trouble overcoming Progress George 37-13.

False Bay will meet Rustenburg Impala on their home grounds in Constantia in their semi final and Rovers travel to Pretoria to meet QBR.Locally in what was a fabulous game of running rugby, which was another wonderful advert for the game, the Sharks Clubs XV beat a Platteland Clubs XV 88-36 after leading 33-3 at half time. Full marks to the Platteland XV for coming back so well in the second half with  flyhalf Jors Dannhauser still showing touches of class, wings Charlie Dube and Tokazani Mduli both looking full of running  and seeing former Sharks Under 20 lock  Waldo Herbst back in action.

Playing in the Curtain Raiser to the final round Currie Cup game between the Sharks and Western Province it was special seeing the club players getting the opportunity  to display their talents on the hallowed turf of Kings Park  with the Sharks Club XV tries coming from scrumhalf Blake Mingay (2), lock Denham (2) and fullback Selwyn White (2) with the others going to Marnu Van Nirkerk, Tony Botha, Jasper Genis, Ettiene Ries, Simba Kubate and Chad Fisher. Flyhalf Jacques Venter kicked the balance.The Platteland replied with tries from Mduli, Klippies Pretorius, skipper Jean Van den Berg and Blessing Nkosi  with Jacques Petzer-Moore kicking the balance.