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Progress wins Komani derby against rivals Old Collegians, amid protest

Result hangs in balance after complaints


Progress recorded a 29-13 win over bitter arch-rivals Old Collegians in a top-of-the-table Chris Hani district league fixture last weekend at the Thobi Kula Stadium.

However, the legitimacy of the result still hangs in the balance after Collegians lodged a complaint that the opposition had used players registered and playing in other leagues.

However, Progress lodged a counter protest complainin­g about the same issue. Until such time that due process has taken its course, the identity of the players will remain confidenti­al.

In the Border Super League, in a reschedule­d match, Fort Hare Blues and Young Leopards played to a 24-24 draw. The result did little for any movement on the log, with Young Leopards still third on 31 points and Fort Hare fifth on 26 points.

In the Premier League, WSU Eagles were in fine form after dispatchin­g Evergreen 32-12, taking all five points.

Africans bounced back from the last match setback to register a comfortabl­e 35-17 win over Ngculu Zebras.

It is a big week in Border Rugby, with several cases having sat last week, with the outcomes expected this week.

It can have a massive bearing on the winners of both the Super League but, more importantl­y, it will be critical for the teams at the bottom of both leagues, whose survival depends on the outcome of some of these cases.

Spots in the lucrative Eastern Cape Super 14 are also up for grabs.

With two rounds to play in the league, starting tomorrow, things are hotting up. Black Eagles’ fight for survival will be tested to the limit when they host title-chasing Police who currently top the log on 36 points.

Eagles are at the bottom of the table on six points.

Ncerha Leopards, on 35 points, are away to Fort Hare Blues. Nothing but a win will keep them in the hunt for a first-ever Super League title.

Fort Hare are mid-table but have the biggest impact as to where the league title will go as they will face another title contender in Police in their final match next weekend.

Breakers will hope the league recess has done them good, but they come up against a well-oiled machine in Young Leopards. Leopards are third on the log on 31 points, while Breakers are still facing relegation fears at11 on the log with nine points.

Berlin Tigers’ topsy-turvy season continues when they host Old Selbornian­s. Old Boys have also been blowing hot and cold this season, but should get the job done against a notoriousl­y inconsiste­nt Berlin side lagging in 10th place with 13 points. Old Boys are fourth on 29 points.

WSU All Blacks travel to Ntlaza for a date with Lions. Both teams are midtable and Lions have the chance to consolidat­e their Super 14 aspiration­s.

Swallows play host to Buffaloes. It has been a difficult season for both teams, especially Swallows, who are a shadow of the team that captured the last Border championsh­ip. In the

Premier League, Moonlight face a tricky trip to Wallabies. A win will consolidat­e their spot on top of the log.

Their closest rivals, United Brothers, face an easy task against Ngculu Zebras. Africans take on Bussy Boys.

The fight to stay afloat is truly on for Cambridge when they take on Ocean Sweepers. Shining Stars are at home against WSU Eagles, while Evergreen host Winter Rose. The bottom four teams in the Premier League are separated by just one point.

 ?? Picture: SUPPLIED ?? SQUARING UP: Progress and Old Collegians players lining up before the derby match last weekend
Picture: SUPPLIED SQUARING UP: Progress and Old Collegians players lining up before the derby match last weekend

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