Cape Town - Wildcards Raiders recorded their second
big victory while there were also impressive victories for Western Province
clubs SK Walmers and Durbanville-Bellville in the second round of the Community Cup.
College Rovers and Brakpan both
notched up second wins, Welkom Rovers and Roodepoort broke their ducks while
Evergreens began their campaign in fine style with an impressive away victory
against White River.
Raiders followed up their away win over Noordelikes last weekend with a 33-6 victory over fellow
wildcards Bloemfontein Crusaders at the Bill Jardine Stadium in Johannesburg -
a result which propels them to the top of Pool C.
In Pool A, two tries and a personal haul of
29 points by flyhalf Adnaan Osman gave SK Walmers a dream start to their
campaign when they ran out 49-26 winners over United Bulk Villagers Worcester
in a WP-Boland derby played in front of a large crowd at the newly-refurbished
Green Point Track in Cape Town.
Sishen experienced what most
teams in the Community Cup probably already know - if you can’t beat College
Rovers, you probably aren’t going to win the coveted Gold Cup.
The Durbanites achieved a rather
comfortable 54-24 win in a very hot Kathu, scoring nine tries for a maximum
tally of five log points for the second week in a row. In the process they also
notched up their 81st win in 85 matches.
Sishen, who suffered a narrow last-minute
defeat to Villagers Worcester in Round 1, were still in the game at the
resumption of the second half, trailing 13-3. This quickly changed however as
they were reduced to 14 men for the most part of the second half when centre
Johan Peens received his second yellow card.
For a very short period in the second half,
the Sishen supporters thought their team might just pull off a major upset when
the home side scored a try to reduce the gap to 20-10. But with a player short
Sishen were always going to be up against it, and so it proved as Rovers showed
their class in the final 30 minutes.
At the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan demolished
Roses United 87-29 to take a firm hold at the top of Group D.
The match was expected to be a tight affair
but the Falcons champions were simply too efficient in the set phases and
ruthless with the line in sight, while fullback Charl Nieuwenhuis scored 32
points in a man-of-the-match performance.
The home side got off to the perfect start
with the opening try scored in the first minute from former Valke and Tuks
outside centre Franco Booysen.
Scrumhalf Shaun Botes dived over in the
ninth minute as 'Panna' took control, and thereafter the first-half floodgates
opened with tries from captain Francois Robbertse, Gido Horn (2) and
Nieuwenhuis as the home side led 40-0 inside half an hour.
The visitors pulled back two tries before
the half-time hooter but normal service was resumed after the break as the East
Rand outfit sent out a strong warning to the rest of the field.
Results, Round 2:
Sishen 24 Jonsson College
SK Walmers 49 United Bulk Villagers
Welkom Rovers 43 Bloemfontein Police 20
Durbanville-Bellville 45 African Bombers 26
Roodepoort 84 Noordelikes 28
Raiders 33 Bloemfontein Crusaders 6
White River 20 Evergreens 48
Brakpan 87 Roses United 29
Round 3 fixtures - Saturday, March 2:
15:00: Despatch vs Villagers Worcester (Central Rugby Fields, Despatch)
16:00: Sishen vs SK Walmers
(Sivos Stadium, Kathu)
Bye: College Rovers
15:00: Bloemfontein Police vs
Durbanville-Bellville (Bobbies Park, Bloemfontein)
15:00: African Bombers vs Pretoria Police
(Zwide Stadium, Port Elizabeth)
Bye: Welkom Rovers
16:00: Rustenburg Impala vs Bloemfontein
Crusaders (Rustenburg Rugby Fields)
16:00: Roodepoort vs Raiders (Rand Leases
Sports Grounds, Roodepoort)
Bye: BB Truck & Tractor Noordelikes
16:00: Pacaltsdorp Evergreens vs Brakpan
(Pacaltsdorp Sports Grounds)
16:00: Roses United vs Broubart Old
Bye: White River