Durban, Pretoria to host Gold Cup semis

The cream of the crop will battle it out for a spot in the final of South Africa's prestigious club rugby competition.

College Rovers and Naka Bulle powered their way to impressive victories over the weekend to secure home-ground advantage in the Gold Cup semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the Northam Rhinos continued their high-scoring run, and Crusaders claimed a win away from home to advance to the penultimate round.

The Rhinos have been the most prolific team on show in this year’s club tournament, scoring 50 or more points in each of their three matches.

The team from Limpopo scored nine tries in the 53-14 win against Progress from Eastern Province on Saturday. They will travel to Kings Park this weekend to pit their skills against another attack-minded outfit in College Rovers, who beat Raiders from the Lions by 60-17 in Johannesburg.

Like the KZN outfit, Naka Bulle and Crusaders have qualified for the penultimate round after winning their respective quarter-finals away from home.

Naka Bulle claimed a 24-10 win against former champions False Bay in Cape Town, while Crusaders from SWD edged Harlequins 54-51 in Pretoria, in a game that produced 12 tries.

Crusaders will head back to the Jacaranda City this weekend to tackle the Naka Bulle. The final of the competition will be played on October 7.

Quarter-final results:

  • Harlequins (Blue Bulls) 51 Crusaders (SWD) 54
  • Northam Rhinos (Limpopo) 53 Progress (EP) 14
  • False Bay (WP) 10 Naka Bulle (Blue Bulls) 24
  • Raiders (Lions) 17 College Rovers (Sharks) 60

Semi-final fixtures (Saturday):

  • 15:30: College Rovers vs Northam Rhinos at Kings Park 3, Durban.
  • 16:00: Naka Bulle vs Crusaders at Naka Bulle Rugby Club, Pretoria.

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