Taking a collated look at Border Club Rugby after three rounds in the leagues. It’s refreshing to see new comers to the elite league of Border Rugby, the Super League, Ncerha Leopards stamping their authority and is one of only four teams with an unbeaten record thus far. Early indicators clearly show Police and Swallows as the early pace setters for a Gold Cup spot. Is it early days to suggest that once powerhouses of Border Rugby Fort Hare Blues finding themselves languishing at the bottom with no wins in three outings, more surprising that two of those defeats came at their Davidson Stadium graveyard.
It is also clear, judging from results that Berlin Tigers is no walk over and is here to compete. Should we read too much in Old Boys performances which suggest that they can compete, but against the so-called championship contenders seems to battle. Police have already got one over them, WSU All Blacks too. Their biggest test will arguably come against the rampant Swallows. Have Old Boys just become a mere ordinary team content of playing for a top four position and is already out of title race ?
Breakers continue to struggle with Ocean Sweepers merely holding on. The departure of some key technical and managerial personal at Ntlaza Lions have a serious impact on the team’s performances. It seems like internal politics have boiled over to the field of play. It’s a well-known fact that there was a rift in management in the Ntlaza camp. To further put claim to that motion Buffs went to Ntlaza and beat Lions at their own ground, which is unheard of in years.
Well just over the bridge at WSU Eagles it seems everything is going to plan with Asanda Simoyi and Philile Bohlimali combinations doing the trick. Eagles is unbeaten in the Premier League and hot favourites for promotion to the Super League. Will the travesty of Young Leopards set to continue this season with the motion of quot; so close but so far" ringing in their ears for several years. Clearly title contenders but continue to be eclipsed at the final hurdle for promotion.
Winter Rose have started well in the lower league but lost their first outing this weekend, which suggest that their ambitions for a return to the elite league must be long term and not this season. Its worrying time for former Super League team Old Collegians who find themselves with zero points
after 3 matches, more worrying is the fact that they have been on the receiving end of heavy defeats, especially at home. Komani teams in the league is a sorry tale, with all three of them winless so far this season. Breakers have played two and lost both. Shining Stars have played three and lost. Old Collegians woes continued last weekend when they arrived late for their match against Evergreens. This come after two heavy defeats.
Border Club Rugby is alive and kicking.
Fort Hare Blues 23-38 Police
Breakers 10-15 Ncerha Leopards
Buffalo 7-93 Swallows
Black Eagles 25-12 Ntlaza Lions
Ocean Sweepers 0-42 WSU All Blacks
Old Selbornians 16-8 Berlin Tigers
Wallabies 22-22 Young Leopards
Cambridge 16-18 Bussy Boys
Shining Stars 10-16 Ngculu Zebras
WSU Eagles 37-18 Winter Rose. United Brothers vs Africans (no referee)
Evergreens vs Old Collegians (OC arrived late).
Ntlaza Lions vs Fort Hare Blues
Ncerha Leopards vs Buffalo
Berlin Tigers vs Breakers
Black Eagles vs Old Selbornians
WSU All Blacks vs Swallows
Police vs Ocean Sweepers
Africans vs Wallabies
Old Collegians vs Shining Stars
Bussy Boys vs Evergreens
Young Leopards vs United Brothers
Winter Rose vs Cambridge
Ngculu Zebras vs WSU Eagles