Super 12 reaches semifinals stage


THE Eastern Cape Super 12 competition has come to an end, with the play-offs scheduled for this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

This past Saturday, the last round robin took place with Swallows Rugby Football Club (RFC) travelling to Despatch and beating the hosts 20-12.

The Buffaloes RFC suffered defeat against the undefeated Garden RFC (21-36), and the Berlin Tigers took a huge beating against Harlequins 31-6. Tournament director, Phumelele Hlathi, said all the games played had a direct bearing as to who was to qualify for the semi finals.

“Going into the last round in both pools, three teams in each pool stood a chance of making it through.

“The defending champions, Gardens from Uitenhage, had to dig deep after losing their opening round to the tournament newcomers, Star of Hope, on January 20th,” said tournament director Phumelele Hlathi.rector Phumelele Hlathi.

“They won their next four games with the last one against Buffaloes in East London needing a bonus point win to pip Star of Hope on points difference.”

He said both Gardens and Star of Hope finished on 18 points apiece but their superior points difference saw Gardens sneaking into second place for a place in the semi-finals.

They will now face Group B top side Swallows on Sunday in Mdantsane. The other semi-final pits Group A winners Parks against Group B runner-up, Harlequins, from Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

All the matches will kickoff at 3pm. , with extra time scheduled should the matches end in a tie.

“The final will be played on March 10th. The venue and time will be confirmed,” Hlathi said


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