In-form Progress book semis spot

Mkhululi Ndamase

PROGRESS booked themselves a spot in the semifinals of the Eastern Cape Super 12 club rugby competition when they thrashed Breakers 39-17 in Uitenhage at the weekend.

The Uitenhage outfit, who went to the quarterfinals having won all their group-stage games, dominated the game from the first whistle. Scrumhalf Kelvan King scored two tries in the first half, while Aluzant Munnik and Ramond Darries also crossed with a try apiece. Munnik added 11 more points with three conversions and a penalty to take his side to a comfortable 29-11 halftime score.

After King completed his hat-trick of tries in the second half and Munnik kicked a penalty, Progress substituted five of their regular players. Even with Progress fringe players on the field, Breakers could not capitalise and only scored two penalties.

In another quarterfinal clash, Harlequins used their homeground advantage when they edged the Brumbies 35-20 at the Adcock Stadium.

The northern areas side dominated the first half and went to the break leading 21-8 thanks to tries by flank Chriszaan Slabbert and two by outside centre Sherwin Jantjies. Fullback Irvin Williams converted all three.

The Grahamstown outfit came back in the second half more determined to reduce the margin. But Harlequins’ eighth man, Craig Adams, increased their lead with a try. Williams converted, and then added his side’s fifth try, which he also converted.

Harlequins will lock horns with Winter Rose in the semifinals at the Adcock Stadium at the weekend. Winter Rose knocked out Gardens with a hard-fought 21-13 win in East London.

In the East London derby, EL Police beat Buffalos 34-21 to book a spot against Progress.

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