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College Rovers surprise in SA Champs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 9 Sep 2008 at 23:36

College Rovers and Brakpan ensured that an open club will play in the final of this year’s National Club Champs, after both teams shocked their more fancied university opponents in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

Rugby 365 reports that Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) champions Rovers were surprisingly convincing 25-12 winners against Tukkies, while Falcons champions Brakpan beat the Central University of Technology (CUT) Ixias 18-13. The two sides will contest the first semifinal on Thursday.

The other semifinal will feature university powerhouses Maties, the defending champions, up against 2006 title holders Pukke. Stellenbosch accounted for Boland champions Roses United, 44-5, in the main game while the Potch students beat archrivals the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 17-11 in the day’s first quarterfinal.

The plate semifinals draw has also dished up some mouthwatering matchups: Eastern Province Despatch take on Western Provinces’s SK Walmers, while Mpumalanga champions Nelspruit take on South Western Districts’ (SWD) Bridgton.


Gardens (18) 35 Barbarians (9) 22

Eastern Province side Gardens picked up their first win in the Bowl when they outscored SWD’s Barbarians by five tries to two in wet conditions on Tuesday morning.

Gardens’ tries were scored by wings Warren du Toit and Ashwin van Heerden, flyhalf Ashwell Maart, scrumhalf Jonathan Hobanie and flank Michael Webber.

Maart also kicked two conversions and two penalties.

For Barbarians, flyhalf Sheldon Abrahams touched down, while left wing Shannon Robertson scored his side’s second try and also kicked four penalties for a personal haul of 17 points.

Nova Wesbank (17) 17 Eersterust (0) 15

Malmesbury team Wesbank remained unbeaten in the Bowl after racing into an early lead against Blue Bulls side Eersterust before having to hang on for dear life in a frenetic final quarter.

For Wesbank, the Dicksons, centre Sidwel (2) and left wing Josef, scored tries, while flyhalf Jannie Barendse kicked a conversion.

Eersterust came back strongly after the break, with left wing Jason Seroot and replacement hooker Ignatius Roos touching down. Centre Craig van Rooi kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Plate Quarterfinals:

Buffalo (3) 13 SK Walmers (16) 26

Western Province’s SK Walmers held off a determined Buffalo side to qualify for Thursday’s Plate semifinals.

The Bo Kaap side, who lost to Tukkies in Sunday’s first round, had Steward Palmer to thank for their win. The big centre powered over for two tries, converted by flyhalf Adnaan Osman, who also kicked four penalties in heavy and difficult conditions.

Buffalo staged a great fightback after trailing early on, and narrowed the gap to just 19-13 at one stage thanks to a try from flank Shane Sawgerhause. Fullback Jeff Taljard kicked the conversion as well as a penalty, while flyhalf Rynard Gerber also kicked a three-pointer.

Welkom (3) 9 Bridgton (5) 15

SWD champions Bridgton pulled off a gutsy win over Welkom to book a place in the last four of the Plate competition.

The Southern Cape side’s win was fully deserved, as they outscored the Griffons champions by three tries to nil on a wet and cold morning in Stellenbosch.

Left wing Constand Fortuin, flanke Kevin Pikaan and lock Algernon Waarts touched down for Bridgton while Welkom’s only points came from the boot of flyhalf Ettienne Pretorius, who kicked three penalties.

Raiders (10) 32 Nelspruit (14) 34

Nelspruit qualified for the Plate semifinals with an exciting victory over Lions team Raiders, who lost to Maties in the first round on Sunday.

The Mpumalanga champions scored five tries, through flyhalf Pieter Prinsloo, lock Gary Visagie (2), hooker Pieter Breytenbach and centre Gunther Swart, who also kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Raiders also scored five tries, through right wing Gerald Sibanda (2), left wing Tebogo Madibane and flank Kaunda Ntunja, the former Bulldogs back row forward. Centre Russel Mouton kicked two conversions and a penalty.

Kimberley Police (17) 22 Despatch (12) 26

Eastern Province champions Despatch set up an intriguing Plate semifinal against SK Walmers on Thursday, when they came from behind to pip Kimberley Police in a game that went down to the wire.

Both teams scored four tries but it was the kicking of Despatch fullback Elric van Vuuren that made all the difference. Van Vuuren converted three of his team’s tries while for Police, left wing Hennie Janse van Rensburg could slot only one.

Despatch’s tries came from Van Vuuren, right wing Connie de Villiers, and replacements Christo Scriven and Ash Maggiellies.

For Police, centres Francois Julies (2) and Jaco Erwee dotted down, with Janse van Rensburg also crossing for a five-pointer.

Premier Quarterfinals:

UJ (6) 11 Pukke (5) 17

2006 champions Pukke hung on by their fingernails against their archrivals UJ in the first Premier quarterfinal of this year’s tournament.

The Potch students scored three tries, through right wing Jasper van Rensburg and flank Wilhelm Koch (2), with flyhalf Dewan Eckard adding a conversion.

For UJ, left wing Ghaliel Markus crossed for a late try and flyhalf Arno Coetzee kicked two penalties.

Ixias (10) 13 Brakpan (3) 18

The Falcons champions thoroughly deserved their victory over the CUT students to reach the semifinals.

The highly physical Gautengers overturned a seven-point half-time deficit thanks to two tries from centre Juan Visser and the trustworthy boot of fullback Willem Slabbert, who kicked a conversion and two penalties.

For Ixias, flank Hennie Linde scored a try, converted by fullback Cornel Greyling, who also kicked two penalties.

Tukkies (12) 12 College Rovers (13) 25

An early try from scrumhalf Neil Cole saw KZN champions College Rovers race into a 13-0 lead in as many minutes against the Blue Bulls students, after which they defended heroically to run out deserved victors.

Left wing Oscar Mfundisi brought Tukkies back into the game with a long-range breakout from their own try-line before the students cut the deficit to a single point when flyhalf Chandr Bosshoff dived in at the corner and then converted it himself.

Rovers however stuck to their guns and scored two further tries through classy Sharks fullback Chris Jordaan and wing Wesley Bodmer, to open up a 25-12 lead with 20 minutes remaining. Flyhalf Andrew Borgen added the rest of the points for Rovers with two conversions and two penalties.

Maties (20) 44 Roses United (5) 5

In a bad-tempered match played in pouring rain, Maties scrumhalf Henoe Stoffberg kicked five penalties and right wing Wilhelm Loock dived in at the corner to give the home side a 20-5 lead at the break over Boland champions Roses United.

Roses’ fullback Garth April was responsible for his team’s try after a full backline move that capitalised on the sin-binning of Maties centre Chase Minnaar.

Maties scored a further four tries after the break, two through No.8 Bennie Booysen and one each from Loock and flyhalf Therlow Pietersen, with Stoffberg converting two.

Fixtures for Thursday, September 11:


Welkom v Raiders; UJ v Roses United, 10.00 (08.00 GMT)
Buffalo v Kimberley Police; CUT Ixias v Tukkies, 11.30 (09.30 GMT)

Bowl (final round):

Eersterust v Gardens, 10.00 (08.00 GMT)
Nova Wesbank v Barbarians, 11.30 (09.30 GMT)

Plate (semifinals):

SK Walmers v Despatch, 10.00 (08.00 GMT)
Bridgton v Nelspruit, 11.30 (09.30 GMT)

Premier (semifinals):

Brakpan v College Rovers, 14.00 (12.00 GMT)
Pukke v Maties, 16.00 (14.00 GMT)


  • Tukkies 12 – 25 College Rovers

    So KZN has beaten Tswane again!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go ROVERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.09.08 23:50:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • And if beating The “Bulls” twice in one week isn’t enough.

    The Dolphins have pulled off the biggest pre-season coup in South African cricket by negotiating a contract with Sri Lankan batting maestro Sanath Jayasuriya.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.08 06:48:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bodmer and Jordaan :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.08 07:22:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Guffie McRae you good thing, nice to Chris Micklewood back as well. Go all the way Rovers!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.09.08 08:05:07 by Ragged Reply

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  • Sound like the Matie game turn into spectators throwing canes ect. Anyway good to see them on course going all the way.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.09.08 08:42:06 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 5) :

    let’s hope that is all the way to winning the trophy and not all the way to the spectators moering each other :wink: :sad:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.09.08 08:47:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Think the Maties is use to that behaviour playing koshuis rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.09.08 08:49:08 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • According to the club rugby section on the Sharks website the Rovers side is not at full strength – so thats twice in a matter of days that an understrength KZN side has sorted out their finest.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.09.08 08:56:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) :
    Sheez Salmo, Just on the players mentioned in the Short piece above there are three Sharks. how many in their squad and who is missing?

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.09.08 08:58:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Jordaan should be of great help to the Rovers playing on Stellenbosch. He is use to give the Paul Rosers a drubbing there.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.09.08 09:03:05 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    I cant find the exact article now but I have managed to salvage this from some reports:-

    “Their two most experienced backline players Braden Farreira and Keegan Scott are unavailable for the tour while flanker Kosie Haarhof who was unquestionably one of the standout players of the season has left for overseas”

    I also see that Ryan Strudwick is player/coach.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.09.08 09:30:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :
    Add Jovan Bowles to that list of withdrawls.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.09.08 09:40:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • ROVERS!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.09.08 10:00:05 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

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  • here’s the article from Sharksrugby, names the whole squad….

    SAA National Club Champs
    Alistair Schwikkard, the talented College Rovers hooker, will lead a depleted young side to the 34th SAA National Club Rugby Championships starting in Stellenbosch tomorrow.

    Centre Jovan Bowles was a late withdrawal from the side leaving the midfield looking somewhat vulnerable. Rovers who finished as runners up in the tournament against all odds in 2006 do however have an exciting new bunch of youngsters ready to do battle and one can be assured that they will lay their bodies on the line come kick off time at 10am tomorrow morning when they open their account against Buffaloes the Border champions in the opening match of the competition.
    Sharks players’ wing Chris Jordaan and centre Riaan Swanepoel will add vital experience in the backline while the club also welcomes back former SA Schools fullback Chris Mickelwood who also adds another dimension to their game plan.

    Relative newcomers to club champs in the forwards prop Siko ‘Snare’ Sinelwiza who joined the club three months ago from Umtata, No 8 Abonga ‘Bones’ Nkwelo, lock Simba Bwanya and flanker TC Khoza are an enthusiastic group of youngsters ready for the challenge and by all accounts are looking to prove their worth in the senior ranks.

    The Team is: Chris Jordaan, Chris Mickelwood, Wesley Bodmer, Gareth Mc Ray, Malusi Zuma, Riaan Swanepoel, Jared Nash, Andrew Borgen, Guy Ranger, Sandile Nxumalo, Neil Cole, Grant King, Os Faul, Snare Sinelwiza, Alistair Schwikkard (capt), Justin Meanwell, Jonno Coetzee, Dayle Shortt, Simba Bwanya, Justin Downey, Mark Els, TC Khoza, Bones Nkwelo and Nick Strauss. Coaches: Ryan Strudwick and Andre Barnard. Manager Kevin Carolan.

    - Jos Robson – The Mercury

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.09.08 10:14:22 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 14) : Thanks spyker…good to see that Sandile is still in the mix. I wonder if he will ever find his way back to the Sharks again.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.09.08 10:19:21 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

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  • @blackshark – (Well done Serena!) (Comment 15) :

    i doubt it BS, but who knows, he played a couple of blinders for us in the past

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.09.08 11:07:19 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 14) :

    Thanks ou.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.09.08 11:42:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Too many scrumhalves. Looks like he’s even fallen behind Cole and De Bruin in the pecking order

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.09.08 11:43:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Six Sharks in there?

    Chris Jordaan,
    Wesley Bodmer,
    Riaan Swanepoel,
    Andrew Borgen,
    Sandile Nxumalo,
    Nick Strauss?? (is he the neanderthal lookalike?)

    Anyone I missed?

    GO ROVERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.09.08 11:44:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Yeah…and plenty more ahead of that bunch…

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.09.08 11:50:35 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

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  • @blackshark – (Well done Serena!) (Comment 20) : Yeah. I meant the second tier pecking order

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.09.08 12:20:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • First score of the day
    SK Walmers 80 – 0 Despatch :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.09.08 11:58:11 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • A point a minute. Heavy.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.09.08 12:31:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Next lot and a bit of a surprise:
    Eersterus 7 – 29 Gardens
    Roses Unirted 45 – 38 Univ of Johannesburg

    Must say we have some nice sunny weather with white snow mountains this side, so expect some bigger scores after a week of heavy storms.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.09.08 12:38:39 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Next lot
    Buffalo 22 – 10 Kimberley Police
    Nelspruit 21 – 27 Bridgton
    Tukkies 31 – 12 CUT

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.09.08 13:38:15 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Rovers vs Brakpan starting at 16h00

    Then the best club side
    Maties vs Pukke at 1800

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.09.08 13:39:59 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 26) : who Pukke :?: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.09.08 13:53:07 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 14) : two Westville Boys there Go Rovers

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.09.08 13:54:43 by Ragged Reply

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  • when are Rovers playing?

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.09.08 14:34:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : oh sorry – nevermind

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.09.08 14:34:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rovers through to the final , Maties vs Pukke now live on CSN , MNet for those interested.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.09.08 18:12:29 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Brakpan Score was 23- something in the 10s Just watch the final 10 minutes

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.09.08 18:17:36 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • pb maties look a bit onder druk jong

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.09.08 18:22:51 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 33) : Ja Pukke is a good team and these two battled in the Varsity Cup

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.09.08 18:24:22 by PaarlBok Reply

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