Impala edge Roodepoort in Final
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:41
All Monday's scores and scorers
Rustenburg Impala on Monday held their nerve in a tense Final to be crowned Community Cup champions.
It was in soaking rain at Outeniqua Park in George that they held on to beat Roodepoort 13-11 to win the second edition of the Easter play-offs and the historic Gold Cup.
The victory followed an impressive showing in the pool stages of the competition in which they registered victories in three of their four matches.
In the other matches on Monday, tournament debutantes Hamiltons registered a 27-18 victory against 2013 runners up College Rovers in light rain to finish in third place, and in the dry matches Despatch thumped Roses United 57-21 for their fifth-place finish and Centurion defeated Old Selbornians 42-14.
All Monday's scores and scores!
Old Selbornians 14 (11) Centurion 42 (11)
Centurion produced their best performance of the tournament against Old Selbornians in their final match to finish the Community Cup in seventh place.
Old Selbornians started the clash well with Craig Shone kicking a penalty and No.8 Craig Green crossing the tryline within the first 12 minutes to build up an 8-0 lead.
But Centurion hit back in the second quarter with two penalties by flyhalf Steven Moir, while the team found their rhythm on attack and placed pressure on the Border club, which paid off with a try by centre Stanley Twiname.
Shone kicked another penalty for his team before the break to leave the sides locked at 11-all.
But the floodgates opened for the Pretoria team as they continued to find the gaps in Old Selbornians' defence in the second half, with Twiname scoring back-to-back tries.
This was followed by another three five-pointers to take their tally for the match to six.
In return the opposition managed to kick only a penalty in the second half, forcing them to settle for a disappointing 42-14 defeat.
Pens: Shone 2, Rielly
Tries: Van der Merwe, Olivier, Twiname 3, Bashiya
Cons: Moir 3
Pens: Moir 2
Roses United 21 (7) Despatch 57 (36)
Last year's Community Cup champions Despatch also finished their Easter play-off campaign on a high note, with an emphatic 57-21 victory against Roses United.
The victory marked their second of the tournament.
So dominant were Despatch they scored eight tries to only three by Roses United, with wing Elcardo Mintoor earning a hat-trick.
Five of the Port Elizabeth club's tries were scored in the first half, two of which were in the opening 13 minutes, which allowed them to build up an encouraging 36-7 half-time lead.
They continued to exploit the weaknesses in the Roses United defence in the second half despite the Boland team's determined efforts to step up their game, and crossed the tryline three more times.
Unfortunately for Roses United, their costly handling errors aside, scrumhalf Percival Williams received a red card in the 64th minute which dealt a further blow to their hopes of a clawing their back into the match.
However, they fought until the end and managed to score their third try of the match seven minutes from time to finish the match with 17 points.
Tries: April, Cilliers, Ellmann
Cons: April, Lubbe, Julies
Tries: Mintoor 3, Ligman, Luiters, Dumond, Deyzel, Van Tonder
Cons: Dumond 7
College Rovers 18 (8) Hamiltons 27 (7)
The Community Cup third and fourth-place play-off between College Rovers and Hamiltons was a hard-fought encounter, but Hamiltons' ability to capitalise on their point-scoring chances in the second half handed them a 27-18 victory.
The first half was a tight affair as the teams threw everything at each other and this showed on the scoreboard with College Rovers taking a narrow 8-7 lead.
Hamiltons wing Iewan Bartels opened up the scoring with a try in the 15th minute which Shane Vallender converted to hand the team a 7-0 lead.
But College Rovers captain Christopher Micklewood slotted over a penalty minutes later, which was supported by a try by Warrick Venter.
The rest of the second quarter proved to be tight as the teams did well to hold one another out.
Two tries within five minutes by Hamiltons early in the second half, however, put them on the front foot.
Despite this, the KwaZulu-Natal club refused to give up and earned an invaluable try by Quinton Crocker on the stroke of the fourth quarter, which Micklewood converted and followed up with a penalty soon after to reduce the deficit to 21-18.
Their hopes of a late comeback, however, were dashed by indiscipline, which allowed Hamiltons replacement back Johannes Jacobus van Zyl to kick two penalties in the last 10 minutes for the 27-18 victory.
Tries: Crocker, Venter
Pens: Micklewood 2
Tries: Bartels, Botha, Jacobs
Cons: Van Zyl 2, Vallender
Pens: Van Zyl 2
Rustenburg Impala 13 (13) Roodepoort 11 (8)
The final between Rustenburg Impala and Roodepoort was thrilling as the teams put their bodies on the line in a physical battle for the title of Community Cup champions.
Such was the closeness of the clash, the teams fought until the final whistle, but a successful conversion by Rustenburg Impala proved to be the difference between the sides on the scoreboard.
With the rain pouring down the teams were forced to play tight, rather than an enterprising game, and they both defended well, resulting in the clash coming down to the wire.
Both sides scored their only tries in the first half, but two penalties and a conversion by former Griquas and Western Province flyhalf Naas Olivier to add to their try, to only one penalty by Roodepoort, handed Rustenburg Impala a 13-8 lead at the break.
The 13 points, however, proved to be the only points scored by the team, as they battled to breach Roodepoort's defence in the second half.
Roodepoort flyhalf Hendrik Gerhardus Oosthuizen, meanwhile, added a penalty to their tally in the 56th minute to force their way into contention for the title with the score at 13-11 with over 20 minutes to play.
But Rustenburg Impala matched Roodepoort's the fine defensive effort, and in the end denied the Johannesburg-based club a last-gasp victory despite their desperate attempts to cross the tryline after stringing together several phases on attack.
Try: Du Plessis
Pens: Olivier 2
Pens: Oosthuizen 2
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