Posted on Thursday, 04 Jul 2018
Four teams are still in the running to claim the title, but by this weekend it will be down to two after the semi-finals, on Friday in Nelspruit and Saturday in Kimberley, when the iCOLLEGE Pumas host the Cell C Sharks XV, and Tafel Lager Griquas welcome Toyota Free State XV respectively.
Close to 600 tries have been scored so far in the competition and 47 of those came from Tafel Lager Griquas. They have played highly entertaining rugby and the big challenge for Peter Engeldow's side will be to combine the pressure game needed in their semi-final, to the adventurous style they have displayed this year.
Tafel Lager Griquas won 27-19 in Bloemfontein, with George Whitehead (fylhalf) kicking five penalties in the process. The men from the Northern Cape will have the momentum this weekend, following their flowing win over the Boland Cavaliers in the quarter-final, but the Toyota Free State XV showed massive grit and determination in dismantling DHL Western Province in Cape Town last Sunday.
The Free Staters earned their place in the semi-finals the hard way and will be determined not to undermine last weekend’s brave effort. Their midfield, in particular, will be instrumental in their efforts to go all the way, with former Junior Bok, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, proving a handful with his contributions and decision-making.
The SuperSport Rugby Challenge semi-finals are:
Friday 6 July:
iCOLLEGE Pumas v Cell C Sharks XV
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Saturday 7 July:
Tafel Lager Griquas v Toyota Free State XV
Venue: Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni