Cops can close gap on leaders Despatch

EP Colours: At the capping ceremony for the EP U18 Craven Week team at the Boardwalk this week were, from left, head coach Louis Gerber, vice captain Heino Bezuidenhout,of Daniel Pienaar High, captain Michael de Marco, of Grey High, and EP Rugby executive member Charles Kleinbooi. PICTURE: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
EP Colours: At the capping ceremony for the EP U18 Craven Week team at the Boardwalk this week were, from left, head coach Louis Gerber, vice captain Heino Bezuidenhout,of Daniel Pienaar High, captain Michael de Marco, of Grey High, and EP Rugby executive member Charles Kleinbooi. PICTURE: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

WITH three games left in the season, second-placed PE SAPS will be looking to close the gap between themselves and EP Grand Challenge leaders Despatch when they welcome African Bombers to Kemsley Park at the weekend.

After nine wins in as many matches, the cops are five points behind Despatch with 39 points, but they have a game in hand.

They will be eager to get maximum points tomorrow as they hope to automatically qualify for the Community Cup as Grand Challenge winners. But Bombers, who tasted their first Grand Challenge victory of the season last weekend, will be looking to spoil the party and upset the unbeaten cops.

The Zwide outfit, however, are aware that a mammoth task awaits them and it will require everything they have if they are to put the hosts to the sword.

In Rosedale, wounded Gardens will welcome Spring Rose.

Both sides go into the game after losing their fixtures last week, with Gardens suffering a shock defeat to Bombers.

They will be looking to get back to their winning ways and to register their sixth victory out of 10 games as they strive to hang on to third and fourth places respectively.

This game is arguably the pick of the weekend’s matches as encounters between the sides always live up to expectations.

It will be derby day at the Grahamstown Oval when Brumbies battle it out with Alexandria neighbours Trying Stars.

The sides go into the game with contrasting results as the impressive Stars beat Harlequins last week, while Brumbies lost to Kruisfontein.

With some of the Brumbies players formerly from Stars, they will be out to prove a point against their old side.

The game should be a cracker and, perhaps with home advantage and more experience, Brumbies will have a slight advantage.

But Stars have shown in previous games they are no pushovers and will give as much as they get, especially with the bragging rights at stake.

Park will entertain Kruisfontein at Londt Park, with both sides looking to improve their log standings. Both teams have five wins in nine games to date.

Park dominated Rose in their last game but failed to score a bonus point try, while Kruisfontein showed their fighting spirit when they edged Brumbies.

It will be a case of Park’s defensive qualities being matched against a side which can score tries when they are on song.

Despatch are scheduled to play Windvogel but it is not clear at this stage if the game will take place as Windvogel have been suspended by the EP Rugby Union.

The games, kicking off at 3.30pm, are (home teams first): Brumbies v Trying Stars; Park v Kruisfontein; Gardens v Spring Rose; PE SAPS v African Bombers.

– Mkhululi Ndamase

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