Stellenbosch withstood a late Old Greys fightback to book their place in the club championship final against Tukkies.
Pretoria University earned their opportunity to feature in Saturday’s final by beating the University of Johannesburg 26-20. The Plate final will be contested by Spring Rose and SK Walmers.
University of Stellenbosch (21) 26 Old Greys (10) 20
Hosts Maties scored an unconvincing victory over a competitive Old Greys combination that began slowly but grew in confidence as the game wore on.
Scrumhalf Henoe Stoffberg punished Old Greys for their indiscretions, kicking three penalties whilst wing Joe Pietersen and number eight Bennie Booysen scored first half tries to give the home team a 21-10 lead at the break.
Old Greys got a try via centre Lassie Nel on the stroke of half-time after scrumhalf JB Heckroodt had kicked a drop goal earlier. Within five minutes of the restart, Maties had added a third try via fullback Andries Volgraaf to extend their lead to 26-10 but it was Old Greys who had the better of the play as the clock wound down. A penalty by fullback Wim Malan and a converted try by flanker Piet Swanepoel after a sustained period of pressure brought Old Greys within reach at 20 â€“ 26 with ten minutes to play but Maties held on to reach their second final in three years.
Scorers: Maties – Tries: Joe Pietersen, Bennie Booysen, Andries Volgraaff.
Conversions: Henoe Stoffberg. Penalties: Stoffberg (3)
Old Greys – Tries: Lassie Nel, Piet Swanepoel.
Conversions: Lood Strauss, Wim Malan. Penalties: Malan. Drop-goal: JB Heckroodt
University of Pretoria (18) 26 University of Jhb (17) 20
2003 Champions Tukkies made the most of their limited second half chances to score a deserved victory over their Johannesburg rivals. The Pretoria students secured the win with an opportunistic try by winger Aaron Denega 15 minutes from the end. With Tukkies leading 21-20, UJ ran the ball from their own 22 but an attempted chip through came back off a Tukkies defender allowing Denega to pounce on the loose ball and score in the corner.
UJ launched a determined effort in the closing stages but were unable to breach a Tukkies defence that had held firm for most of the half. Both sides played enterprising rugby in a first half that produced six tries, three to each. UJ drew first blood with a try in the seventh minute but Tukkies struck back five minutes later to level the scores. The points came at regular intervals for the remainder of the half with the lead changing hands three times before Tuks took a narrow 18-17 lead into the break, the difference being a penalty by flyhalf Chandre Boshoff. Both teamsâ€™ kickers had a bad day with the boot, Luus missing three for UJ and Boshoff four for Tuks.
Scorers: Tukkies – Tries: Piet Vivier, Piet-Piet Swart, Dawie Steyn, Aaron Denega. Penalties: Chandre Boshoff (2).
UJ – Tries: Clinton de Klerk, Andre Botha, Frikkie Spies.
Conversions: Ryno Luus. Drop-goal: Luus
Spring Rose (24) 24 Rawsonville (7) 12
Spring Rose beat Boland champions Rawsonville to claim their second â€œscalpâ€ at the tournament and a place in the Plate final. Earlier in the week the invited team from the Eastern Cape scored a convincing 39-14 win over SWD champions Evergreens. Spring Rose led 24-7 at the break after scoring four well-taken tries, including a hat-trick by powerful open-side flanker Dumza Meslawi. The other try was scored by winger Buntu Louw.
Whilst they may have benefited from having an extra man for 20 minutes of the half as Rawsonville lost two players â€“ first number eight Whalied Heyns and later hooker JG Giliomee – to the sin bin, Spring Rose were clearly the more motivated of the two sides. Rawsonville appeared to be going through the motions and focusing more on the man than the ball. They committed numerous offences at the breakdown and were often guilty of late tackles. Despite being unable to add to their score in the second half Spring Rose maintained the pressure and did enough on defence to restrict Rawsonville to a sole try by fullback Alwyn Hugo, who also got their first five-pointer.
Scorers: Spring Rose – Tries: Dumza Meslawi (3), Buntu Louw.
Conversions: Unathi Matomela (2).
Rawsonville – Tries: Alwyn Hugo (2). Conversion: Louis Peens.
SK Walmers (18) 30 Middelburg (7) 14
Fullback Adnaan Osman weighed in with a personal haul of 17 points to help SK Walmers to a comfortable win over Middelburg and a place in the Plate final. Walmers scored four tries to two in a contest in which they never appeared to be under threat. Playing controlled rugby they scored 18 points without reply before Middelburg got on the scoresheet with a try to make the halftime score 18-7. Walmers extended their lead to 25-7 after the restart before Middelburg replied with their second score to narrow the deficit to 11 points. Walmers had the last say, however, adding a fourth try in the final seconds to secure the win.
Scorers: SK Walmers – Tries: Adnaan Osman (2), Raythaan Petersen, Gerhard Gerber. Conversions: Osman (2).
Penalties: Osman (2).
Middelburg – Tries: Stoof van Dyk, Jacques Du Toit. Conversions: Erasmus Heyns (2).
Evergreens 34 Young Killers 11
Springs 26 Kimberley Police 10
PUK Rugby-Instituut 80 PE Police 3
Swallows 7 Wanderers 6
College Rovers 29 Wes Bank 27
Buffalo 51 Welkom 21
Match reports courtesy of SA Rugby