IN-FORM outfit PE SAPS flattened African Bombers 26-7 in a one-sided EP Grand Challenge clash in Zwide at the weekend to book their place in the Cell C Community Cup.
The policemen went into the game with pressure on them as they had to win to be the second EP team to play in next season’s cup.
They were a point behind Gardens who threw their weight behind Bombers, hoping the Zwide team would do them a favour by winning.
But the visitors rose to the occasion and delivered when it mattered.
Playing what was arguably their most crucial game of the season, the visitors took a 12-0 half-time lead.
The second half was no different as Police doubled their efforts and ran away with the game. Outplayed, outsmarted and outclassed, Bombers could only manage a converted try.
In Humansdorp, Gap Despatch had to dig deep to salvage a 17-17 draw against a spirited Kruisfontein.
The former Cell C Community Cup champions – who went to the game having already qualified for next season’s cup – trailed 10-5 at the interval.
The hosts, who were determined to finish the season on a positive note after managing only three victories in the campaign, gave Despatch a run for their money throughout the game.
Even though the game ended in a stalemate, Kruisfontein were the happier of the two as the visitors were expected to demolish them.
In a high-scoring encounter at the Grahamstown Oval, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University beat the Brumbies 35-30. The highly entertaining game started off well with both sides throwing everything they had at one another. TheBrumbies led 15-12 after 40 minutes of tough rugby.
The second half was no different as both sides continued where they left off at the break, but NMMU did enough to claim the hard-fought win.
Caltex Crusaders edged Spring Rose 17-12 at the New Brighton Oval.
While few scoring chances were created in the opening half, Saders took the opportunities they were given and led 12-3 at the interval.
In the second half, Rose threatened to get back in the game but Saders’ forwards did the business for the visitors.
At the Uitenhage Central Fields, Progress ran in six tries to beat struggling Harlequins 38-26.
The repeat of the Eastern Cape Super 12 final of 2012 saw Progress gain a comfortable 26-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, the northern areas team threatened to get back in the game, but a further 12 points sealed the victory for the Uitenhage side. – Mkhululi Ndamase