WP Super League A: False Bay, Durbell chase Gold Cup spot, Maties look good for title

WP Super League A: False Bay, Durbell chase Gold Cup spot, Maties look good for title

 With a very interesting last three weekends to go before the play-offs, the single round Currie Cup is developing into a competition that few would’ve foreseen. Likewise, many of the union’s club competitions are moving to a climax.  

The situation in Western Province is particularly interesting and the Carlton Cup winner of the Blue Bulls is to be decided this coming week in Pretoria.

In Cape Town (and the Paarl) things are particularly interesting in the Super League A. Former national champions False Bay, who missed out on this year’s Gold Cup competition for open clubs, are very much in the mix again.

Right now they’re vying with Durbell, this year’s losing finalists in the Gold Cup, to represent WP next year as this year’s best open club winners.

Despite their unwieldy 14 man Super League A (the Victorians withdrew from the competition) WP’s leading open clubs have shown themselves to be among the country’s best.

The two front-runners both have 51 points and both also have two matches left. False Bay’s points difference (291) and tries scored (72) are clearly better (291 and 72, respectively) than those of Durbell.

False Bay's close defeat this past weekend against the ikey Tigers for the Mark Jordaan Memorial Trophy could just come back to haunt them if they stumble in their quest to play in the Gold Cup competition next year. 

False Bay still have to play the Maties (10 August) and the much improved University of the Western Cape at home (17 August) while Durbell arguably have a lesser challenge with matches against the Maties at home (31 August) and last-placed Primrose (24 August). The draw for the semi-finals could hold the answer.

That is as far as the open clubs are concerned to qualify for the Gold Cup. Union Milnerton’s valiant challenge wasn’t good enough. They lag by 10 log points and have only one match remaining.

♦  However, False Bay and Durbell are not the only challengers for the title.

The Ikey-Tigers (11 matches, 49 log points) and even UWC (10 matches, 40 log [points) can still be crowned champions, although the latter’s chances are extremely flimsy, to say the least, to make it to the play-offs..

The favourites are, as always, the Maties. Like UWC, they are only now catching upon their fixtures after the students’ holiday break.

Stellenbosch are unbeaten. They have played only eight of their 14 matches and are just 15 points behind the current two log leaders False Bay and Durbell, both of whom they face in their run-in.

The Maties other four matches are against Tygerberg, UWC, Primrose and Paarl, of whom only the first two could be remotely regarded as challenging, and shiuld end up in first place..

This week and weekend's fixtures are (home teams first)

7 August: Maties vs Primrose

10 August: Villager vs UWC, Ikey Riugers vs NTK, Maties vs False Bay, SK Walmers vs Brackenfell, 

SUPER LEAGUE A LOG

(PLAYED, WON, DRAWN, LOST, POINTS AGAINST, POINTS DIFFERENCE, LOG POINTS)

False Bay

12

10

0

  2

184

  291

72

51

Durbell              

12

9

1

  2

264

  151

63

51

UCT

11

10

0

  1

217

  150

52

49

Union Milnerton

13

  7

0

  6

351

  160

76

41

UWC

10

  7

1

  2

260

  108

53

40

Tygerberg

12

  7

0

  5

262

    46

42

37

Stellenbosch

  8

  8

0

  0

110

  322

64

36

Brackenfell

11

  6

1

  4

277

    23

38

34

Hamiltons

12

  5

1

  6

311

  -23

42

31

Villager

11

  4

1

  6

407

 -139

39

24

SK Walmers

10

  4

0

  6

315

   -76

35

21

Paarl

12

  2

0

10

403

 -139

42

18

NTK

11

  2

0

  9

446

 -268

23

13

Primrose

11

  1

1

  9

505

 -348

22

  6

Victorians

14

  0

0

14

310

 -258

  8

  2