Star of Hope have set the Super 12 scene alight and brought a new dimension to the competition while Breakers chances of reaching the knockout stages looks vanished after suffering their second defeat in three outings, which propel them to fifth in Group A of the Eastern Cape Super 12 Championship log with four points. The Mlungisi side where beaten 26-17 by Star of Hope in Uitenhage last weekend. Star of Hope top the group with eleven points after two wins and a draw in the washed away match against Ntlaza. Mathematically Breakers can still reach the semi-finals but it will mean the top two teams must lose all their reaming matches and with Gardens regaining form it should be a three-horse race for the two top spots, with Parks also unbeaten.
Gardens got back to winning ways with a 53-12 thumping of Ntlaza Lions. The defending champs was in unforgiving mood and made their intentions clear of fighting for a knockout spot after suffering a surprise loss in their first match against Star of Hope. It should be worrying signs for Breakers, who face them this coming weekend. Parks romped to a five pointer in their 41-15 demolition job of Buffs to move second in the group.
In Group B, Swallows continues their impressive form and made it three out of three with a clinical 33-8 win over Berlin Tigers. One more win and Swallows could be the first team to reach the semis, but a week off will keep the champagne on ice. Harlequins defeated Despatch 39-26 to move second on the log on 10 points. Kruisfontein put further misery on a deflated Police outfit with a 34-24 win. The Bobbies have been way below par this season and the former winners and 2017 finalist have already been dumped out of the competition.
Four matches take place tomorrow with Breakers facing their hoodoo team Gardens at Mlungisi Stadium. Breakers have never beaten the Uitenhage outfit, suffering numerous defeats at Mlungisi Stadium and away. Known to travel with their passionate support, Gardens is on a mission to revive their hopes for a semi-final spot with Breakers only playing for pride. It’s a top of the table clash with Park hosting Star of Hope. Either result will be good for Gardens who is hot on their heels should either team drop points. Police host Tigers in the battle of the bottom teams with pride the only thing at stake. Both Border teams have been disappointing in this campaign. It should be a cracker when Kruisfontein travel to Despatch for a titanic encounter against the host. Kruisfontein have the fire power to unsettle a young and rebuilding Despatch outfit, who too have not look bad at all. Ntlaza, Buffs, Swallows and Harlequins are bye. Matches kick-off at 3.30 pm.
By: Maxwell Levine