Cell C Community Cup champions Durbanville-Bellville will be looking for a vital win when they travel to Belhar on Saturday for a much-anticipated Western Province Super League clash in the Mother City.
The match is just one of hundreds taking place across the country as club rugby leagues in all 14 provinces get into full swing and the top teams begin eyeing qualification for the 2016 Community Cup.
Durbell currently lie eighth on the WP log, with two wins and two defeats since they lifted the Gold Cup in Rustenburg last month. “We’re not playing our best rugby at the moment but since winning the Community Cup we’ve lost a number of players to injuries and retirement, plus our star player, Garth April, has signed with the Sharks,” said head coach Jan Loubser.
“When you’re the champions, other teams will also try harder to beat you. Most of our guys have been playing non-stop since early last year but we’re confident we can get our season back on track.”
Cape Town will also host two big club clashes on Friday night. All eyes will be on the Green Point Track where SK Walmers host Tygerberg, while in Constantia, unbeaten DirectAxis False Bay welcome newly-promoted Villager – South Africa’s second-oldest club.
Elsewhere around the country, resurgent Roodepoort, the 2014 Community Cup runners-up, will want to keep their unbeaten run going in the Golden Lions’ Pirates Grand Challenge when they host Union on Saturday at Rand Leases. In the other big game, Raiders are at home to UJ.
Up north, Centurion host unbeaten log leaders Pretoria Police in the Blue Bulls’ Carlton League while also in Gauteng, Valke front-runners Brakpan travel to Springs for the big East Rand derby. The match between Shumba Ferros and Sasol Secunda at the Puma Stadium in Emalahleni headlines a big weekend for Pumas club rugby.
In the central region, Jonsson College Rovers, who finished sixth in the Community Cup, host log leaders and current KZN champions SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in a top-of-the-table clash in the KZN Fidelity Security Moor Cup on Saturday. In the Griffons’ Eastern Free State League, all roads lead to Bethlehem where leaders Oud-Skoliere host third-placed Ladybrand and bottom-placed Collegians are at home to second-placed Harrismith.
Varsity Cup champions Shimlas host Community Cup side Berlesell Bloemfontein Crusaders in the big Free State First League game of the weekend, while Kimberley travel to Kathu for a eagerly-anticipated top-of-the-table Griquas Super League match against Aveng Moolmans Sishen.
Down south, runaway EP Grand Challenge leaders Gap Management Despatch travel to Harlequins while in East London, Kempston Old Selbornians welcome Berlin Tigers and East London Police host Winter Rose in the pick of the weekend’s Border Super League action. And in George, Pacaltsdorp Evergreens, with five wins from five, host Blanco in what is becoming another hotly-contested SWD Premier League.