DESPATCH coasted into the quarterfinals of the National Club Rugby Championship at the weekend, easily overcoming Mpumalanga’s White River 72-10 in their opening clash in Rustenburg on Saturday.
The EP team set up a quarterfinal clash today with KwaZulu-Natal champions College Rovers, who beat Limpopo champions Noordelikes 61-0 to record their 76th win in their past 80 matches.
Meanwhile, title favourites Durbanville- Bellville will play Pretoria Police in a heavyweight quarterfinal clash today, after both sides recorded impressive victories on the opening day of the 38th tournament.
Durbell, the top Western Province club with two wins each over Varsity Cup teams Maties and UCT this season, were made to work hard before running out 53-20 winners over SWD Premier League winners Blanco, coached by former Springbok fullback Bevin Fortuin.
Police, who beat Tuks to claim the Blue Bulls Carlton Cup last month, were dominant against Welkom Rovers under the leadership of evergreen lock Nico Luus, scoring six tries en route to a 43-12 win.
In the day’s other matches, Falcons champions Brakpan beat Griquas’ top side Sishen 28-0 to set up a Cup quarterfinal against Old Selbornians, of Border, who beat Bloemfontein Police 43-33 in a free-flowing encounter earlier in the day that produced 10 tries.
Roodepoort will play hosts Rustenburg Impala in today’s main match after the Golden Lions champions overcame invited team Naka Bulls 26-12 in a much tighter affair.
Rustenburg Impala were too strong for Boland champs Villagers Worcester, winning 53-21.
Today’s fixtures are:
Cup quarterfinals (A field), 11.30: Old Selbornians v Brakpan; 1pm: Despatch v College Rovers; 2.30pm: Pretoria Police v Durbell; 4pm: Roodepoort v Rustenburg Impala
Plate quarterfinals, 9.30am: Welkom Rovers v Blanco; 10.30: White River v Noordelikes; 12.00: Naka Bulls v Villagers Worcester; 1.30: Bloemfontein Police v Sishen