Rustenburg - Durbanville-Bellville flyhalf
Garth April on Monday kicked a late penalty in the dying minutes of a gripping
Cell C Community Cup final against hosts and defending champions Rustenburg
Impala to secure a hard-fought 31-30 victory and their first national title in
the history of the club.
The final day of the competition was a
high-scoring affair as all but one of the teams scored 30 points or more in
their final matches, which made for exciting rugby at the Impala Rugby Club in
Mistakes at crucial times and turnovers at
the rucks for Durbell came at a high price in the first half, but in spite of
this they managed to force the hosts to work hard for their points. With the
physicality and intensity high, the half was nail-biting with Impala scoring
two tries to Durbell’s one for a narrow 12-10 lead. The second half was equally
tense as each team scored two tries, but superb kicking by Durbell, which saw April
kick a late penalty, secured them the victory.
In the third and fourth-place playoff
Hamiltons were the first team to secure a 50-point score in this year’s Easter
Playoffs as they thrashed Despatch 66-40 thanks to their ability to take
advantage of the holes in defence. Despatch looked tired at times and made
errors at crucial times, which denied them from making their mark in the match
in searing heat in Rustenburg. Despatch, however, showed their fighting spirit
as they ran in a total of six tries to take the points tally of the match to
Pretoria Police delivered a solid
second-half display against College Rovers to finish their campaign on a high
note and the title as Plate Final winners, while Vaseline Wanderers defeated Wesbank
45-35 in their clash to finish seventh in the competition.
Durbanville-Bellville (10) Rustenburg
Impala (12) - Cup final
Rustenburg Impala received an opportunity
to score a try in the sixth minute as wing Morne Jooste made his way around the
defence, but a knock-forward denied him. However, they continued to apply
pressure on Durbell and gathered possession which allowed hooker Gavin
Williamson to cross the try-line in the eighth minute. A penalty by Durbell
minutes later reduced the gap to 5-3. This appeared to bolster the Cape side’s
confidence as they retained possession and applied pressure on attack. They
created a fantastic opportunity to score a try, but a crucial error metres from
the try-line early in the second quarter cost them again. Adding to this, three
of their attempts at goal in the first 25 minutes proved unsuccessful. However,
they were able to build on this momentum which resulted in Durbell flyhalf
Garth April stepping his way through the defence to score their first try in
the 30th minute for a 10-5 lead. But this was cancelled out minutes before the
break as Rustenburg Impala flyhalf Cecil Dumond scored a well-worked try after
gathering the ball from a nudge off Aubrey McDonald’s leg, leaving Durbell
trailing 12-10 at half-time.
The defending champions opened up the
scoring in the second half with a penalty by fullback Wilco De Wet, who added
another in the 47th minute. But Durbell held on with a try by Angus Cleophas
and another by Brendon April to only one unconverted try by Impala’s Mzivukile
Duma to hold onto a narrow 25-23 lead with 10 minutes left on the clock. A late
tackle by Impala’s De Wet allowed April to take a five-point lead on the
scoreboard with nine minutes to play, but they again found themselves trailing
as Impala’s Jermaine Apollis touched down for a 30-28 lead. The see-saw battle
continued until the final minute as Durbell’s April kicked another penalty with
three minutes to go, which proved to be the winning points.
Durbanville-Bellville: Tries - Angus Cleophas,
Brendon April, Garth April. Conversions - Garth April (2). Penalties - Garth
April (2), Raymond Olivier (2).
Rustenburg Impala: Tries - Cecil Dumond,
Dumisani Matyeshana, Gavin Williamson, Jermaine Apollis. Conversions - Wilco de
Wet (2). Penalties - Wilco de Wet (2).
Hamiltons 66 (40) Despatch
40 (26) - 3rd/4th place play-off
Hamiltons dominated from the outset against Despatch as they snuck through the holes in Despatch’s defence
to run in an impressive six tries in the first half of the third and
fourth-place playoff. Despatch tried hard to counter the Cape side’s solid
attack, and their efforts were rewarded with four tries, two of which were
scored by wing Baldwin McBean to trail 40-26 at the break.
Despatch’s woes continued in
the second half as they were reduced to 14 men in the 63rd minute, while they
also made mistakes at crucial times. The team, however, bounced back when their
full complement of players was restored and scored two tries in the last 16
minutes to increase their points to 40. With Hamiltons scoring four more tries
in the second half, however, Despatch had to settle for a disappointing 66-40
Hamiltons: Tries - Earl Lewis (2), Jacques
Oosthuizen, Janno van Zyl, Jody Burch, Monty Dumond, Pierre Cronje (2),
Sebastian Ferreira, Tapiwa Tsomondo. Conversions: Monty Dumond (7), Shane
Despatch: Tries - Baldwin
McBean (2), Basil de Doncker, Dumisani Meslane, Michael Vermaak, Stephan
Deyzel. Conversions - Selvyn Davids (5).
College Rovers 15 (10) Pretoria Police 37
(11) - Plate final
The first half between College Rovers and
Pretoria Police was tight as both teams threw everything at each other, which
resulted in a physical battle. Such was the close nature of the half each team
scored only one try, but two penalties by Pretoria Police to only one by
College Rovers nudged them ahead on the scoreboard.
The Durban side, however, were dealt a big
blow in the second half as Luciando Santos and Chris Kemp received yellow cards
reducing them to 13 men late in the match. A yellow card for Pretoria Police
eased the situation for them. But despite this a superior performance by
Pretoria Police, who found their rhythm on attack, allowed them to dominate the
half. They also capitalised on their point-scoring chances which allowed them
four tries to only one by College Rovers for the 37-15 victory.
College Rovers: Tries - Jongi Nokwe, Roan
Dalzell. Conversion - Chris Micklewood. Penalty - Chris Micklewood.
Pretoria Police: Tries - Dillon Laubscher,
Ian van Deventer (2), Jerry Sefoko, Ruan van Loo. Conversions - Dillon
Laubscher (2), Pieter Strydom. Penalties: Dillon Laubscher (2).
Wanderers 45 (12) Wesbank 35 (14) - 7th/8th
Wanderers staged a strong second-half
comeback to secure a seventh place finish in the tournament in their clash
against Wesbank as they ran in five well-worked tries after the break to secure
the victory. Wesbank’s innovative attack and raw pace gave them the upper hand
in the first half and earned them a narrow 14-12 lead. But Wanderers retained
possession and used their powerful forwards well to force their way over the
advantage line in the second half to take control of the match. In total
Wanderers scored seven tries to five by Wesbank.
Wanderers: Tries - Johan September, Salmon
Coetzee (3), Vincent Fredericks. Conversions - Theodore Marinus (5).
Wesbank: Tries - Carl Gliddon, Craig
Kolarik, Darryn Rentzke, Dylan Rutherford, Kyle Dutton, Wesley Flanagan
(2). Conversions - Craig Kolarik, Darryn