Progress, Quins in Super 12 club final

Mkhululi Ndamase

PROGRESS and Harlequins both edged their East London opponents at the weekend to set up a Nelson Mandela Bay Super 12 club rugby final this weekend.

Both teams went into the semifinals having won all their games.

Harlequins produced a match-winning second half performance against Winter Rose when they thumped them 34-15 at the Adcock Stadium.

The game started slowly, but it was Harlequins who went into the break leading 13-5. Inside centre Cheswin van Wyk scored a try after 30 minutes, breaking through to dot down under the posts. Fullback Irvin Williams added eight more points with a conversion and two penalties.

After the break, Harlequins were more clinically and scored three tries through outside centre Sherwin Slater, flank Ricky Williams and lock Eshwell Stribe.

Irvin converted them all.

Progress narrowly edged a tough East London Police outfit 24-18 in a game of two halves in Uitenhage.

It was all Progress in the first half as they went to the break leading 14-3. Speedy wing Ramon Darries, who has performed exceptionally well for Progress this season, scored the first try of the game.

Another “Mr Reliable” for Progress, Kelvano King, scored the other try in the first half. Fullback Aluzant Munnik converted both tries.

The Police side threatened to spoil the home side’s party but a try by flank Michael de Vos, converted by Munnik, sealed the victory. Munnik added the final nail to the visitors’ coffin with a penalty.

The venue of the final is yet to be confirmed as both teams won all their games. Police and Rose will play for third position.

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