Pukke, Hammies through to semis

Pukke and Hamiltons both recorded wins in the quarterfinals of the National Club Championship on Tuesday.

Both teams secured second-half comebacks as they trailed at the break. Defending champions Pukke were behind 20-22 but edged Boland’s Rawsonville 44-34, while Hamiltons spurred on a miracle comeback by scoring 25 unanswered points late in the second stanza to beat Pirates 39-27. The Cape Town side fell to a 20-9 deficit at half-time.

In other quarterfinal results, Valke’s Springs and College Rovers convincingly beat Border’s Buffalo (51-19) and Eastern Cape’s Park (52-22) respectively.

The semi-final draw sees Pukke take on Springs and Hamiltons face College Rovers. Both games will be televised on SuperSport on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the Plate competition Kuruman, Shimlas, Great Brak River and Pretoria Police all advanced through to the semi-finals.

Tuesday Results:

Premier Quarterfinals:

Pukke 44-34 Rawsonville
Hamiltons 39-27 Pirates
Springs 51-19 Buffalo
College Rovers 52-22 Park

Plate Quarterfinals:

Kuruman 23-19 Middelburg
Shimlas 32-21 Impala
Great Brak River 31-29 Noordelikes
Pretoria Police 54-35 Welkom Rovers

Thursday Fixtures:

Premier Semi-finals:

Hamiltons vs College Rovers (16:00)
Pukke vs Springs (18:00)

Plate Semi-finals:

Kuruman vs Shimlas (13:00)
Great Brak River vs Pretoria Police (14:30)