SUPERB goal-kicking in difficult conditions from Evergreens flyhalf Leegan Moos gave his team a 22-15 victory over One Logix United Bulk Villagers Worcester in the televised opening match of the 2015 Cell C Community Cup on Saturday.In driving rain and in front of a capacity crowd at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Grounds outside George, Moos’s five penalties and a conversion were the difference between the sides as the SWD champions won the much-anticipated Western Cape derby to go top of Pool C on points difference after the opening round.
Elsewhere, there were wins for defending champions Rustenburg Impala, Kempston Old Selbornians, Raiders, Pretoria Police, Hamiltons, Gap Management Despatch and Wesbank on a weekend characterised by large crowds and come-from-behind victories.
In Pool A, Impala had to fight back from a 10-0 halftime deficit to get the better of newcomers Don’s Pawn Shop Port Elizabeth Police, the Rustenburgers eventually scoring five tries, including a brace to wing Morné Jooste, to run out 36-22 winners to top the group.
In Pool A’s other match, Kempston Old Selbornians, who finished eighth overall last year, also came from behind to edge Western Province qualifiers Durbanville-Bellville 22-14 in front of a 1,000-strong crowd at Kempston Park.
Both PE Police and Durbell have home matches this coming weekend, against Old Selbornians and East Rand Cranes Springs respectively, and will have to register wins to stay in the play-off hunt.
In Pool B, Raiders wing Gardener Nechironga scored the only points of the second half to give the Johannesburg side an invaluable come-from-behind 20-16 away win over Berlesell Bloemfontein Crusaders at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal, although it it Pretoria Police who top the group after a six-try, 40-17 win over BB Truck & Tractor Noordelikes in Pretoria.
This weekend sees 2013 silver medallists Jonsson College Rovers open their campaign while Crusaders will want to grab a home win against the Pretoria Bobbies.
Last year’s bronze medallists Hamiltons required a rearguard effort in Kathu against Aveng Moolmans Sishen, the Cape Town side escaping with a 25-24 victory thanks to a 63rd-minute converted try by flanker Niel Cleghorn, which sees them second behind Evergreens on points difference.
Hamiltons will now host Vaseline Wanderers on Saturday in a match to be televised live on SuperSport 1 & HD (kick-off 14h30).
And in Pool D, Gap Management Despatch, the 2013 champions, showed their intent with the weekend’s biggest win, a 69-32 away victory over J&F Reclaiming Rovers Welkom, which included a hat-trick to replacement Kalvano King and 24 points to new flyhalf Francois Nel, including nine conversions. Nel’s efforts see him top the tournament point-scoring charts after Round 1.
In the group’s other match, Wesbank saw off Pumas champions Shumba Ferros 32-13 in front of a crowd of 1,500 to set up an intriguing second-round match in Despatch this Saturday.
Full Results, Round 1:
Kempston Old Selbornians (10) 22 – Tries: Bradley Birkholtz, Jannie Rossouw, Saneliso Ngoma. Conversions: Dale Sabbagh (2). Penalty: Sabbagh.
Durbanville-Bellville (14) 14 – Tries: Angus Cleophas, Garth April. Conversions: Dane Sherratt (2).
Rustenburg Impala (0) 36 – Tries: Morné Jooste (2), Leon du Plessis, Wilco de Wet, Willie Kok. Conversions: De Wet (4). Penalty: De Wet.
Don’s Pawn Shop PE Police (10) 22 – Tries: Fabian Juries, Juan Smit, Sebastian Loxsen. Conversions: Smit (2). Penalty: Smit.
Berlesell Bloemfontein Crusaders (16) 16 – Try: Blaine Tlhapane. Conversion: Griffin Colby. Penalties: Colby (3).
Raiders (13) 20 – Tries: Christopher Juries, Gardener Nechironga. Conversions: Arno Coetzee (2). Penalties: Coetzee (2).
Pretoria Police (21) 40 – Tries: Birtie Powell, Jerry Sefoko, Johannes Rademeyer (2), Nico Luus, Rayno Wasserman. Conversions: Dillon Laubscher (5).
BB Truck & Tractor Noordelikes (10) 17 – Tries: Johannes Muller, Sias van Wyk. Conversions: Arno Venter, JP Vermeulen. Penalty: Alwyn Olivier.
Aveng Moolmans Sishen (11) 24 – Tries: Jamie Zwiegelaar, Prince Mofokeng. Conversion: Tiaan le Roux. Penalties: Le Roux (3). Drop goal: Le Roux.
Hamiltons (10) 25 – Tries: Morgan Newman, Niel Cleghorn, Sebastian Ferreira. Conversions: Shane Vallender (2). Penalties: Vallender, Jody Burch.
Evergreens (10) 22 – Try: Gerschwin Muller. Conversion: Leegan Moos. Penalties: Moos (5).
One Logix United Bulk Villagers Worcester (10) 15 – Tries: Louis Carstens, TC Botha. Conversion: Shandro Issel. Penalty: Issel.
J&F Reclaiming Rovers Welkom (13) 32 – Tries: Shaun Nieuwenhuyzen (3), Wayne Ludick. Conversions: Tiaan van Wyk (3). Penalty: Van Wyk. Drop goal: Van Wyk.
Gap Management Despatch (34) 69 – Tries: Kalvano King (3), Michael Vermaak (2), Trichardt van Tonder, Elroy Ligman, Elrich Kok, Cameron Jacobs. Conversions: Francois Nel (9). Penalties: Nel (2).
Wesbank (12) 32 – Tries: Chrislyn van Schalkwyk (2), Salmon Coetzee, Sedwell Diedericks. Conversions: Dashton Wellman (3). Penalty: Wellman. Drop goal: Wellman.
Shumba Ferros (3) 13 – Tries: Pule Sibiya, Willem Kotze. Penalty: Jan Adriaan van der Merwe.
Article by SA Rugby
THE third edition of the Cell C Community Cup was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday with big rewards announced once again for the top performers in this year’s national championship for non-university clubs, which kicks off next week. The tournament, which gets underway on 21 February with a match in Pacaltsdorp that will be broadcast live on television and radio – a first for South African club rugby – will once again feature 20 sides in four pools of five in a Rugby World Cup-style format.
After the group stage, which encompasses 40 matches at club venues across the length and breadth of South Africa, the top two teams from each pool will progress to the Easter play-offs, which will be held this year at Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club from 2-6 April.
Apart from television coverage – at least 14 matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport – four matches will be broadcast live on regional radio as the tournament steps up a gear in terms of coverage across all platforms and reaches further into far-flung rugby communities.
“In just two short years, the Cell C Community Cup has sparked a revival amongst open clubs and the level of professionalism amongst clubs has risen exponentially,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux. “The revival of open club rugby is long overdue and it’s now much easier to re-imagine a rugby landscape in which club rugby is restored to prominence and, most importantly, youngsters leaving school don’t give up the game.”
Cell C’s Executive Head: Marketing, Dr Doug Mattheus, echoed Roux’s views. “Since coming on board in 2013 as title sponsors we’ve seen interest build around club rugby and it’s something special to be a part of,” he said. “We’re also very excited to see the tournament move to Rustenburg for the Easter weekend, which will add a new dimension.”
It was also announced at the launch that this year’s player, young player, coach and manager of the tournament will once again be rewarded with international exchanges to top UK clubs.
“We are proud to be involved in SARU’s international exchange programme and would like to build on what we achieved in 2014,” said Deputy British High Commissioner, Peter Boxer.
“Last year, player of the year, Michael Nienaber, spent time at Premiership side Gloucester while coach of the year, Alistair Alexander, and manager of the year, Steve Prinsloo, went to Sale Sharks. Young player of the year, Chaney Willemse, has just returned after a three-month stint at Scottish club Selkirk.
“It was an unforgettable experience for all involved and we will look to reveal similar rewards in due course for this year’s performers.”
The Southern Cape town of Pacaltsdorp will host the tournament’s opening match on 21 February, when SWD champions Evergreens play Boland champions One Logix United Bulk Villagers Worcester at the Pacaltsdorp Sportsgrounds, in a match that will be broadcast live on TV (SuperSport 1/HD, 14h00) and radio (Eden FM, 87.8-103.6 FM & on www.edenfm.co.za).
Round 1 Fixtures (Sat 21 February, home team first, all k/o times 16h00 unless otherwise stated):
Pool A: Kempston Old Selbornians vs Durbanville-Bellville; Rustenburg Impala vs Don’s Pawn Shop PE Police
Pool B: Berlesell Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Raiders; Pretoria Police vs BB Truck & Tractor Noordelikes
Pool C: Aveng Moolmans Sishen vs Hamiltons; Evergreens vs United Bulk Villagers Worcester (14h30, live on SS1/HD)
Pool D: Rovers Welkom vs GAP Management Despatch; Wesbank vs Shumba Ferros
Byes: Springs (A), College Rovers (B), Wanderers (C), Durban Collegians (D)
Article by SA Rugby
Varsity Cup will be introducing innovations, including the white card rule, to the competition this year.
The 2015 season will see the re-introduction of the White Card rule. This rule allows coaches and captains to refer decisions for review to Television Match Officials (TMOs) during games and was first introduced during the inaugural Varsity Cup competition in 2008. The system is back this year and is endorsed by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
“This is a new test from Varsity Cup that we believe the world of rugby will look favourably on after the World Cup,” stated Jurie Roux.
The competition will also be sticking with its innovation of using two referees, following the success of the trial last season.
The competition will only be open to bona fide students for the first time, ensuring that the competition remains true to its core values.
There will also be a new format and this year’s Young Guns and Koshuis competitions will see the eight teams split into two pools with four teams each.
The teams will play each other across pools, meaning each team will play four matches. The points log will be combined and the final will be contested by the two teams at the top of the two groups at the end of the group fixtures. There is extra incentive to top the group as the final will be played at the home ground of the team that tops the log.
The newbies from the Central University of Technology (CUT) from Bloemfontein will make their bow this year after winning promotion from the Varsity Shield.
The competition kicks off on February 9.
Article by SuperSport
2 February 2015
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