The Top Eight sides in the Gold Cup National Club Championship have been named after the completion of Round Five of the competition with the KZNRU Fidelity Security Moor Cup champions among the clubs named for the quarter finals.
Your Communication College Rovers, although being narrowly edged out 25-22 by 2015 National Club Champions Durbell RFC in Cape Town in their Pool ‘A’ game last Saturday, after what has been reported as some dubious refereeing decisions, will go through to face Hugh Reece-Edwards’ 2014 National champions Rustenberg Impala in Rustenberg.
Outscoring their hosts by three tries to two, Rovers found themselves down 14-10 at the break only to bounce back in the second half. Their flying wing Tythan Adams who crossed the chalk for another two tries so making him the top try scorer in the competition having visited the opposition lines on seven occasions in four outings. Hooker Chris Kemp crossed for the third try with Matt Phillips kicking two conversions and a penalty.
SA Home Loans Durban Collegians had suffered the same refereeing fate in Harare against Old Georgians in Harare the Saturday before and although this time around Rovers were somewhat disappointed with the out come they philosophically accepted their fate saying what is done is done and will now move on to Rustenberg with far more positives than negatives in their arsenal.
In the other Pool ‘A’ game Old Selbornians finished in third place after edging out Welkom Rovers 15-8 in East LondonRustenburg Impala finished top of Pool ‘B’ and will host Rovers this coming Saturday. Brakpan beat Zimbabwean champions Old Georgians 29-12 to top Pool ‘C’ and will host PE Police in the quarter finals while winners of Pool ‘D’, Pretoria Police, will entertain False Bay in the last of the quarter finals. So for the last remaining eight clubs its all to play for and there can be no doubt that Rovers go into the quarters facing arguably the toughest opposition after Impala thumped Pirates 57-31 last Saturday.
Meanwhile the Rovers Ladies team won their opening game at the inaugural National Women’s Club Championships in the Western Cape beating Blue Jets from Western Province 22-10 with Chantell Botha, Jean Kietzmann and their Springbok winger Claudio Thompson crossing for the tries. Tayla Kinsey who has also represented South Africa converted all three tries. the side however lost their other two games 14-5 in Milnerton with Nomzano Ngcamu scoring their only try and13-17 against Kwantu thus finishing fourth in the tournament.
GOLD CUP NATIONAL CLUB RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 5 RESULTS
Durbell 25 – College Rovers 22
Old Selbornians 15 – Welkom Rovers 8
Rustenburg Impala 57 – Pirates 31
Windhoek Wanderers 27 – Evergreen 35
Brakpan 29 – Old Georgians 16
False Bay 97 – White River 7
Bloemfontein Police 17 – Sishen 62
Pretoria Police 75 – East London Police 7