Ikeys take the league title …

For a weekend on which the Springboks did not play, there were a few fairly significant happenings on the rugby front …

  • The UCT Ikeys added to their Varsity Cup win by taking the League title for the first time since 1974
  • Pukke beat UJ to win the 2011 Club Championships
  • Boland hammered EP to throw a real spanner into the Kings march to Currie Cup and Super Rugby
  • The Bulls beat the log topping Lions to keep their Currie Cup semi final hopes alive
  • The All Blacks destroyed France to confirm their status as out and out RWC favourites
  • I got my first Currie Cup Grand Slam Point on SuperBru this season!

I was three when UCT last won the League! And try as I might when donning the blue and white stripes during my thoroughly enjoyable stint at this great institution, even with the likes of Andrew Aitken, Lance Sherall, Rob Brink, Michael Kirsten, Gavin Lawless, and Simon Berridge as team mates, under the tutelage of Allan Solomons, I think the best we could do was third …

So for the current crop to put together 13 wins on the trot to come back from their decidedly shaky start to the league – perhaps a hangover of sorts after winning the Varsity Cup – another first after being losing finalists, twice – including a bonus point win against Vics on Saturday, to take the title from Maties by a single point, is just outstanding!

Well done to head coach Kevin Foote, assistant coaches Paul Day and Dave Wessels, and captain Don Armand. It’s no wonder they have produced so many WP players in recent years …

In the first-ever final between the two teams, Pukke won their fourth Club Championship title in eight years when they beat UJ 19-14 in a tense final played in front of well under 50 people, sadly, at the Danie Craven Stadium on Friday.

The Potch students, given little chance heading into the tournament after a disappointing Varsity Cup and a semifinal loss to Raiders in the Golden Lions League, showed that they are pretty damn good at tournament rugby by winning the final and beating Maties 39-36 in their semifinal.

Significantly, there were three Varsity Cup sides in the two semi finals, proving not only how good the tournament is for the Varsity sides, but also how important it is for the non-Varsity clubs to pull their fingers out their bums and do something to right the ship. The fact that not even Willem and his staffie were prepared to take a stroll down to watch the National Champs also points to the fact that some significant sort of change has to happen to the club structures.

And down in Wellington, Boland, with former Springbok Sevens flyer Danwel Demas scoring four tries, became the first team to beat EP this season by hammering them 49-15. This means the wine farmers can go top of the log if they beat SWD next weekend.

EP did concede 28 points in the final 15 minutes of the game, and were issued three yellow-cards by referee Marius Jonker, but it is not exactly going the way Oregan Hoskins and SARU wanted this fairytale to go is it? How the hell are these guys going to play Currie Cup rugby, let alone Super Rugby? I cannot wait to see how SARU handle this one … And based on their stalling, I am pretty sure they have no clue!

Speaking of the Currie Cup …

Away victories for the Blue Bulls and Cheetahs ensured the competition is still wide open with just three rounds to go. These results, coupled with The Sharks’ bonus-point victory over Griquas on Friday mean the team from KwaZulu-Natal move into second place on the log, the Free Staters go third and WP drop two places to fourth. The Golden Lions still top the standings and the Blue Bulls are now fifth, passing Griquas in mid-table.

Sharks 29 (14) Griquas 18 (10)

The defending champions had to work very hard for this victory and only got their revenge for losing in the first round to Griquas in Kimberley after a late try by Springbok winger Lwazi Mvovo and a penalty goal by Meyer Bosman they put a bit of daylight between themselves and the brave team from the Northern Cape.

Sharks – Tries: Dale Chadwick, Jean Deysel, Meyer Bosman, Lwazi Mvovo. Conversions: Fred Michalak (2), Bosman. Penalty: Bosman.

Griquas – Tries: Rudi Vogt, Matthew Rosslee. Conversion: Vogt. Penalties: Vogt (2).

Pumas 32 (25) Leopards 19 (0)

The Pumas, who got their first victory of the 2011 season in Kimberley last week, took a commanding 25-0 lead in the first half with flyhalf Coenie van Wyk scoring 20 of these points through a try and five penalty goals. But 19 unanswered points in 10 minutes early in the second half saw the Leopards narrow the gap to just six points (19-25). That is how the score stayed until late in the match when flank Jaco Bouwer scored a converted try with less than 15 minutes on the clock that made it safe for the Pumas.

Pumas – Tries: Jaco Bouwer, Wilhelm Loock, Coenie van Wyk. Conversion: Van Wyk. Penalties: Van Wyk (5).

Leopards – Tries: Philip de Wet, George Tossel, Gavin Williamson. Conversions: Wesley Dunlop (2).

Golden Lions 18 (6) Blue Bulls 21 (18)

A well struck drop-goal by young flyhalf Louis Fouché with less than 20 minutes to go helped the Blue Bulls become the first team to beat the Lions at Coca-Cola Park. It was only their second loss of the season, but the team from Pretoria move up to fifth place after their second successive win of the season. Ill-discipline by the visitors saw the Bulls reduced to 13 men early in the second half saw the Lions fight back to level the scores at 18-18 after an hour of play. Then Fouché struck …

Golden Lions – Tries: Michael Killian, Josh Strauss. Conversion: Elton Jantjies. Penalties: Jantjies (2)

Blue Bulls – Tries: Jano Vermaak, Warwick Tecklenburg. Conversion: Louis Fouché. Penalties: Fouché (2). Drop-goal: Fouché.

Western Province 20 (6) Cheetahs 34 (24)

For a second consecutive week the Cheetahs scored a comfortable victory against a team higher than them on the log, and on Saturday they were clinical in the first half, in the process silencing the Newlands faithful. WP fought back in the second half, but they could not contain the Cheetahs, who put the result beyond any doubt with a drop-goal and a converted try to leap frog their hosts on the log.

WP – Tries: Nick Fenton-Wells, Deon Fourie. Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2). Penalties: Cronje (2).

Cheetahs – Tries: Cameron Jacobs, Piet van Zyl, Pieter Labuschagne, Coenie Oosthuizen. Conversions: Johan Goosen (3), Sias Ebersohn. Penalty: Goosen. Drop-goal: Sias Ebersohn.

Premier Division Log

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BPts Pts
1 Golden Lions 11 9 0 2 376 247 129 44 24 7 43
2 Sharks 11 8 0 3 319 283 36 31 25 5 37
3 Cheetahs 11 6 1 4 415 257 158 47 25 9 35
4 WP 11 6 1 4 331 248 83 35 23 6 32
5 Blue Bulls 11 6 1 4 269 287 -18 28 29 2 28
6 Griquas 11 4 1 6 304 357 -53 35 48 7 25
7 Pumas 11 2 0 9 244 358 -114 27 43 6 14
8 Leopards 11 1 0 10 205 426 -221 25 55 1 5

Absa Currie Cup First Division

Boland 49 (13) EP 15 (10)

Boland – Tries: Danwel Demas (4), Bolla Conradie, Willie le Roux; Conversions: Elgar Watts, Le Roux (4); Penalties: Watts (3).
EP – Tries: Jaco Engels, Luke Watson; Conversion: Louis Strydom; Penalty: Strydom.

Valke 53 (31) SWD 45 (7)

Valke – Tries: Franco Booysen (2), Reg Muller (2), Zander de Kock, Jaco Snyman, Carlyle Hendricks. Conversions: Juan Kotze (6). Penalty: Kotze. Drop goal: Kotze.
SWD – Tries: Wilhelm Koch, Layle Delo, Braam Immelman, Giant Mtyanda, Duwayne Smart, Wentsley Scott, Eric Coetzee. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (5).

Griffons 21 (7) Border 25 (18)

Griffons – Tries: Shaun Raubenheimer, Japie Nel, Tertius Maarman. Conversions: Tiaan van Wyk (3).
Border – Tries: Ntabeni Dukisa, Onke Dubase, Shane Spring. Conversions: Dukisa (2). Penalties: Dukisa (2).

First Division Log

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

TF

TA

BPts

Pts

1

EP

10

9

0

1

403

236

167

56

28

6

42

2

Boland

9

8

0

1

420

163

257

55

21

9

41

3

Griffons

10

2

0

8

280

366

-86

34

49

10

18

4

SWD

9

3

0

6

274

343

-69

34

42

4

16

5

Valke

9

3

0

6

252

367

-115

36

49

4

16

6

Border

9

3

0

6

225

379

-154

26

52

3

15

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