Top 6 semi-final battles at City Park

UCT and Villager were among the sides in action at the weekend’s Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Top 6 semi-finals, at City Park. The Students faced Helderberg while the Brooksiders were up against Stellenbosch in their respective Super League A matches.

Villager scrumhalf Brad Thain feeds the ball toJosh Vermeulen during his side’s Super League A Top 6 semi-final match against Stellenbosch. Picture: Fuad Esack

With 30 of their regular players currently in France, defending their title at the Universities World Cup, which runs alongside World Rugby’s main event, UCT side had a difficult day at the office, going down 29-17.

UCT under-19 player Tom de Lange takes a hard tackle with captain Phil Masango coming up in support. Picture: Fuad Esack

Although the 13-10 result in their match against Maties did not go their way, Villager manager Tom Hendry says they’re happy with their overall performance this season. “We managed to finish on top of the log, which was one of our goals, but the main goal was to lift the trophy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be,” he said.

Villager outside centre Andries Viljoen spreads the ball during Saturday’s match against Maties. Picture: Fuad Esack
UCT’s FC Rademan tries to shake the attention of Helderberg’s Jody Koul during their sides’ Super League A Top 6 semi-final fixture, at the weekend. Picture: Fuad Esack
UCT’s Byron Maree considers his option during his side’s encounter against Helderberg. Picture: Fuad Esack
UCT’s Liam Kloosman, supported by Ian Patterson, looks to challenge the defence during their side’s match against Helderberg. Picture: Fuad Esack
UCT captain Phil Masango looks to brush his marker aside during a Top 6 semi-final fixture against Helderberg, at City Park, on Saturday. Picture: Fuad Esack
Maties scrumhalf SP van Heerden clears the ball during his side’s WPRFU Super League A match against Villager. Picture: Fuad Esack
Maties’ Matt Grey beats Villager’s Mitchell Carsten to the ball in the line out, during his sides’ Top 6 clash, at City Park, on Saturday. Picture: Fuad Esack
UCT tighthead Alizwa Mngqeta testing the defence during his side’s Top 6 semi-final against Helderberg. Picture: Fuad Esack
UCT’s FC Rademan looks for support during Saturday’s Top 6 outing against Helderberg. Picture: Fuad Esack. Picture: Fuad Esack
Villager live wire wingXolisa Guma looks for the gap during his side’s match against Maties. Picture: Fuad Esack
Villager scrumhalf William Rose looks to feed his back line during Saturday’s match against Maties. Picture: Fuad Esack