The first SuperSport Rugby Challenge will conclude at Florida Park in Ravensmead, Cape Town on Sunday with undefeated DHL Western Province hosting Tafel Lager Griquas in the final of a pulsating new addition to the South African rugby calendar.
The new competition added numerous firsts to the rugby landscape, including Rugby Festivals on Sundays and taking the game to communities all over the country and on Sunday will also deliver a first champion amongst the 14 provincial unions and Namibia’s Welwitschias.
The DHL Western Province team has impressed from the opening whistle and has won 10 on the trot and will find a very enthusiastic home crowd spurring them on. They will find a highly competitive opponent in Tafel Lager Griquas, who has showed tremendous form in the final stretch of the competition, scoring 11 tries in the quarterfinals against EP Kings and knocking over the highly-fancied Xerox Golden Lions XV in the semifinals last weekend in Mdantsane.
As now has become the norm, a highly anticipated local derby will be played as a curtain-raiser. Local club Tygerberg faces traditional rivals Belhar in what promises to be an all-action affair. With the home side strongly placed in the tightly contested Western Province Super League A race to Gold Cup qualification, they have more to play for than just traditional bragging rights, while the visitors have the potential and ability to silence the crowd.
Entertainer AKA and The Voice winner, Craig Lucas, should have the crowd in raptures if the home side fails to deliver. It will be a first local appearance for Lucas, who hails from the neighbouring suburb of Elsies River, after he was named winner of the popular M-Net show last weekend.
Entrance free and tickets available at the gate. There is limited space available, so spectators are encouraged to get there early to secure their place for the action. Parking is free of charge and will be at the opposite end of the pitch to the grandstand.
The teams are:
Tygerberg vs Belhar (Western Province Super League A)
Tygerberg: Daniel Roberts, Wilbre van Wyk, Muhammed Shuaib Samaai, Gideon Taljaard, Minenhle Mthethwa, Dale van Schalkwyk, Tyrone Scholtz, Whalied Heyns, Percival Goliat, Lester Phillips, Keagan May, Marvin Fransman, Christo van Wyk, Shameegh Allen, Moeneeb Galant. Replacements: Moegamat Maker, Byron Wevers, Sebenza Maphumulo, Gary Williams, Jerome Sight, Errol Jaggers, Alroy Brandt.
Belhar: Junaid Arendse, Zhaun Booysen, Wentsley Scott, Lunathi Nxele, Angelo Nelson, Dennis Cox, Jason van Rooyen, Siphamandla Dama, Mayizukiswe Ntshoko, Justin Crouch, Ivor Jon van der Merwe, Wade Schoor, Cameron Witten, Bantu Mene, Carlo Jacobs. Replacements: Regan Petersen, Qaqambile Mrwetyana, Godwin Mangenje, Zolani Mofu, Darren Luiters, Mario Wilson, Rowell Fielding.
Venue: Florida Park, Cape Town
Referee: Rodney Boneparte
TV: SS4, SS10
DHL Western Province vs Tafel Lager Griquas
DHL Western Province: Craig Barry, Marcello Sampson, Michal Haznar, Brandon Thomson, Bjorn Basson, Kurt Coleman, Godlen Masimla, Jaco Coetzee, Johan du Toit, Eital Bredenkamp (captain), JD Schickerling, Jurie van Vuuren, Michael Kumbirai, Chad Solomon, Oli Kebble. Replacements: Dean Muir, Ash Wells, Eduard Zandberg, Luke Stringer, Herschel Jantjies, Ryan Oosthuizen, Grant Hermanus.
Tafel Lager Griquas: Eric Zana, Ederies Arendse, Koch Marx, Tertius Kruger, AJ Coertzen (c), George Whitehead, Christiaan Meyer, Jason Fraser, Sias Koen, Wendal Wehr, Pieter Jansen Van Vuren, FP Pelser, Ewald van der Westhuizen, AJ Le Roux, Liam Hendricks. Replacements: Marius Fourie, Nicolaas Oosthuizen, Jonathan Adendorf, Jonathan Janse Van Rensburg, Renier Botha, Andre Swarts, Enver Brandt
Venue: Florida Park, Cape Town
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Cwengile Jadezweni.
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
TV: SS4, SS10
Note: Match Regulation
The following will apply if scores are tied at the end of normal play.
- the team scoring the most points within a (20) twenty minute extra time (ten (10) minutes each way with a one (1) minute break); and if still level
- the team that scored the most tries in the match; and if still level
- the teams will continue to play and will change sides after 10 (ten) minutes with a minute break in-between. The first team to score points will be declared the winner (sudden death).
Issued by SA Rugby Communications