PRETORIA Police will play College Rovers in the National Club Championship rugby final tomorrow after both teams recorded impressive semifinal wins in Rustenburg on Wednesday.
And in a unique twist, the Plate final will also be contested by Police and Rovers teams after Bloemfontein Police and Welkom Rovers won through to an all-Free State province decider after victories over Noordelikes and Naka Bulls respectively.
Both finals will be televised live on SuperSport, with the Plate final kicking off at 1pm and the Cup final at 3pm.
KZN champions College Rovers, who won the national title in 2010, advanced to their fourth final in seven years with a clinical 72-10 victory over Border champions Old Selbornians, who battled manfully but were no match for the streetwise and super-fit team.
It was Rovers’ 78th win in 82 matches since the start of the 2009 season, an incredible streak made all the more impressive by the fact that it includes four Club Champs campaigns in addition to KZN league and Cup matches.
"We’re very happy to get through. Now it’s a case of who’s got the most left in the tank,” Rovers coach Robert du Preez said, "The guys played well today and they know what they need to do now because they’ve been here before. We can’t wait for [today].”
In the other semifinal, two tries to wing Michael Nienaber, a late score from fellow winger Ruan van Loo and 15 points from the boot of flyhalf Dillon Laubscher allowed Pretoria Police, the 1995 and 1996 national club champions, to advance to the final for the fourth time after a 35-25 win over hosts Rustenburg Impala.
"It was a tough game but I’m very proud of my players,” said skipper Nico Luus said. "All the hard work has been worth it and now we have one more hurdle to clear. We’ve had a very successful season but now we have to finish the job.”