WRAP: Community Cup

2013-03-17 12:22
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Cape Town - The eight qualifiers for the Community Cup Easter Championships are finally confirmed after a pulsating final weekend of pool action which saw Evergreens book their ticket with a injury-time try and wildcards Raiders' hearts broken with a missed conversion after the final hooter.

Despatch will go to George as the second-placed Pool A side after a hard-fought away win over another wildcard, SK Walmers, while Pretoria Police and Durbanville-Bellville flexed their muscles ahead of the play-offs with huge wins in Pool B.

But all the drama took place in Pools C and D, with Evergreens coming from behind to beat Roses United 28-13 at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Grounds and Raiders clawing their way back to draw 30-all with Rustenburg Impala in Johannesburg, only to fall agonisingly short of qualification.

Needing to win with a bonus point, an error-strewn Evergreens were outplayed for large sections of the match by the Boland wild cards and held on to a slender 14-13 lead going into the final 10 minutes. But a try in the 74th minute of normal time to lock Marvin November gave the 3 000-strong crowd hope before eightman Gerschwin Muller's score in the 85th minute of normal time brought the house down and ensured that a local team would contest the Easter Championships.

And in Johannesburg, fullback Anvor Schooney missed a straightforward conversion after the final hooter that would not only have given Raiders a 32-30 victory over Rustenburg Impala but would also have booked his team a quarter-final against Evergreens in George.

The beneficiaries of these final heart-stopping moments of the tournament's pool stages were the team from Roodepoort, who had a bye and whose players watched the drama unfold from the stands. The West Rand club finished level with Raiders on 14 log points but qualify on head-to-head, having beaten Raiders 27-24 earlier this month.

Impala flyhalf Naas Olivier kicked an early penalty before right winger Earl Lewis scored the opener to give the visitors a 10-0 lead inside 10 minutes. But any thoughts of this being a one-side affair were soon forgotten as Shaun Davids' scintillating break led to a try for eightman Gustav de Vos, with Arno Coetzee converting to make it a three-point game. Olivier kicked another two penalties while Schooney slotted the home side's first after three earlier misses to reduce the gap to six points at halftime.

Raiders missed another six points from the tee before lock Jack du Toit and hooker Alfred Ries barged over for Rustenburg. Both tries were converted while Schooney was eventually successful with a penalty in between the touchdowns.

Impala seemingly out of range at 30-13 with 15 minutes to play but Schooney cut the deficit to 10 with a converted try two minutes later as the home crowd lifted their voices in support.

In the 79th minute, visiting captain Leon du Plessis was sin-binned for a shoulder charge, Raiders utilising  the one-man advantage to send their skipper Harold Primo over but the conversion went to the right.

The hooter blasted during the restart and trailing by five Raiders surged up-field. Impala were down to 13 men due to repeated infringements and could not hold on deep into injury time with replacement Ashwill Adams going over untouched to spark wild celebrations in the stands.

Schooney then had the chance to send his club to George but the conversion from virtually in front went inches wide of the left-hand upright - heartbreak for the wildcards who will rue the 19 points they missed with the boot.

And at the Green Point Track in Cape Town, Despatch booked a titanic quarter-final against Pretoria Police when they saw off the spirited challenge of SK Walmers, while another wild card, Bloemfontein Crusaders, finished their campaign on a high when they beat Noordelikes 39-17.

Results, Round 5:

Pool A:

SK Walmers 32-37 Despatch

United Bulk Villagers Worcester 17-43 Jonsson College Rovers

Pool B:

Pretoria Police 80-17 Bloemfontein Police

Durbanville-Bellville 96-0 Welkom Rovers

Pool C:

Rustenburg Impala 30-30 Raiders

Bloemfontein Crusaders 39-17 Noordelikes

Pool D:

White River 24-64 Broubart Old Selbornian

Pacaltsdorp Evergreens 28-13 Roses United

Community Cup Easter Championship fixtures (Outeniqua Park, George. All matches live on SuperSport):

Thursday 28 March – Cup Quarter-finals (Matches scheduled for 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00. Match order to be confirmed):

Match 41 – Rustenburg Impala vs Pacaltsdorp Evergreens

Match 42 – Pretoria Police vs GAP Despatch

Match 43 – Brakpan vs Roodepoort

Match 44 – Jonsson College Rovers vs Durbanville-Bellville

Saturday 30 March – (Matches scheduled for 08:45, 10:45, 12h45, 14:45. Match order to be confirmed):

Match 45 – Loser Match 41 vs Loser Match 42

Match 46 – Loser Match 43 vs Loser Match 44

Match 47 – Winner Match 41 vs Winner Match 42 (Cup Semi-final 1)

Match 48 – Winner Match 43 vs Winner Match 44 (Cup Semi-final 2)

Easter Monday, 1 April – (all matches live on SuperSport 1):

Match 49 – 7th/8th place playoff – Loser Match 45 vs Loser Match 46 (08:30)

Match 50 – 5th/6th place playoff – Winner Match 45 vs Winner Match 46 (10:30)

Match 51 – 3rd/4th place playoff – Loser Match 47 vs Loser Match 48 (12:30)

Match 52 – Cup Final – Winner Match 47 vs Winner Match 48 (14:30)

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