Cape Town - Two teams who between them have lifted the Gold
Cup three times in the past five seasons will resume their rivalry on Sunday in
the biggest match of the season in South African amateur club rugby.
Rustenburg Impala - champions in 2014 and 2016 -
will host 2015 winners Durbanville-Bellville in Rustenburg on Sunday in the final of the 2019 Gold Cup.
The final will be televised live at
14:30 on SuperSport 1 and 10 (DStv channels 201 and 210).
Impala and Durbell reached the final after
convincing semi-final victories over Rhinos and Swallows respectively, bringing to a climax five weeks of thrilling rugby that
drew capacity crowds from all walks of life to community venues across the
The match will be a repeat of the 2015 final,
won in fairy tale fashion by Durbell, who had qualified for the tournament as
lucky losers in qualifying and as the 20th ranked team in the draw.
The match was also memorable for the
man-of-the-match performance by flyhalf Garth April, whose late penalty sealed
victory for the Capetonians and breathed new life into his career.
“The Gold Cup has been a great success and
I’ve got no doubt the Final will be the cherry on top,” said John Smit, the acting
CEO of title sponsors SSG Holdings.
“This tournament has had everything: huge
crowds, great rugby and wonderful community involvement wherever the matches
“We saw fans arriving at matches on horseback,
supporters camping overnight at grounds to make sure they got a spot, and
diehards travelling 2,500km in a bus to watch their team play.
“Players and fans from all backgrounds have
come together in a real celebration of community rugby and that will be this
tournament’s lasting legacy,” Smit added.