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Club Championships return to Stellenbosch

By SA Rugby (Media Release)

Posted on 23 July 2010

Following the tournament's successful staging in Pretoria last year, the most prestigious event on the club rugby calendar returns to the University of Stellenbosch for the fifth time in six years and will take place from 18-25 September.

The 36th annual SAA National Club Championships when both defending champions Hamilton and 12-time winners Maties will vie for the trophy.

Maties, who claimed a hat-trick of FNB Varsity Cup titles earlier this year, will represent WP at the Club Champs after holding off newly-promoted False Bay to finish top of the Super League A after the first round.

This year Maties will be joined at the event by fierce local rivals Hamilton after organisers decided to allow the previous year’s champion the right to defend their title – regardless of whether or not they won their respective league.

In other provincial action, perennial Free State champions Shimlas have once again qualified for the Club Champs after defeating Irawas – their second XV – in the final of the Bloemfontein Stadsbeker.

The KZN Moor Cup Competition has resumed after a lengthy break due to the FIFA World Cup and looks set to be a two-horse race between champions College Rovers and traditional foes Durban Collegians.

In the Golden Lions’ Pirates Grand Challenge league, Varsity Cup sides UJ and NWU-Pukke lead the way with defending champions Pirates trailing in sixth position with only a handful of matches remaining.

The same applies in the Blue Bulls’ Carlton League, where title-holders Police are in fifth place behind front-runners Tukkies, which they beat in last year’s final.

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