East London Police captured the imaginations of the entire Province when the won the Eastern Cape Super 12 Rugby Competition in style, beating Port Elizabeth Police 26-13 in a pulsating finale.
It was the battle of the Bobbies after both Police teams made it through a demanding eight weeks of non-stop rugby. It was the battle of the six top Border clubs against their EP counter parts to be crowned the best in the Province. It is a sweet victory for the East London based side, considering they had to play both semi-final and finals away from home
in consecutive weekends.
EL Police had to travel to Uitenhage a fortnight ago to play against the unbeaten Star of Hope, while PE Police locked horns against another unbeaten side in Progress. The two Police teams turned the tables on their more illustrious opponents for two upset victories, ironically both away from their home base.
EL Police, although the away team, came into the finals as hot favourites, having captured the lucrative title in 2015 when they defeated Gardens on home turf in their only win in a final. The Buffalo City side have been the most consistent Border team in the competition, having reached the knockout phase since the inception of the competition. Buoyed by their pedigree of top class player personal, EL Police showed no mercy for the counterparts, taking a 19-6 halftime lead at Kemsley Park in Port Elizabeth. They were also first to score in the second half with a converted try to take a commanding 26-6 lead. To their credit the home side kept on fighting and got a consolation try to take the scores to 26-13. Coached by Fergus Kennedy, the East London side have firmly re-established themselves as one of the best teams around and their aim is to capture the Border Super League, enroute to the Gold Cup.
Article by Maxwell Levine