Round three of the Eastern Cape super 12 championship produced three home wins and only one home defeat, in the process making Star of Hope the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after their third straight win in the competition.
Star of Hope beat Park 22-21 in a nail-biter at Jabavu Stadium to remain top of group A. They should easily dispose of Buffaloes tomorrow in East London to make sure of their top spot and a home semi-final. Buffs have lost both their opening matches. In the other group A match, PE Police narrowly defeated Old Selbornians 8-5 at Kemsley Park to keep their hopes of a semi-final spot alive. The race is still wide open between Ntlaza Lions, PE Police and Old Selbornians to fill the remaining semis spot in group A.
In group B, EL Police’s resurgence continued when they thumped Berlin Tigers 31-7 in their own backyard. Police have now recorded back to back wins to remain firmly in the hunt for those semi-finals. Kruisfontein were ruthless in disposing of a poor and hapless Despatch side 55-3 to record the biggest margin in this year’s competition. It is a three-horse race for the two semi-final spots between Progress, EL Police and Kruisfontein.
Tomorrow Breakers travel to East London to face Police. Police have been in good form and should easily beat the Komani outfit who have lost both opening matches. Despatch host Berlin Tigers while Progress are at home to Kruisfontein. Old Selbornians play Ntlaza Lions with Star of Hope locking horns with Buffs. It will be a Port Elizabeth derby as Park host PE Police.
In local rugby, Old Collegians will kick-start their season with a friendly match against Aliwal North Buffels at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre. The match starts at 3.30pm.