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Glory battle at Oubaai going down to the wire

last day IPT

 GEORGE, 13 December 2019 – KwaZulu-Natal will go all out against Eastern Province in an effort to cap their B-Section victory with an unbeaten run at Oubaai Hotel, Golf and Spa, while the title fight for glory in the 2019 South African Under-19 Inter-Provincial is poised on a knife’s edge.

Ekurhuleni tops the A-Section log on 9 points after four wins and a draw against Western Province.

Fresh and rested after their fourth day bye, the two-time defending champions will come out guns blazing against Southern Cape as they gun for a hat-trick of titles.

The host union, Western Province and Central Gauteng are all still in with a shout, though. All three teams are tied on 7 points and should they prevail in today’s final tussles, the battle for glory could come down to game points.

Western Province, currently fourth on the log, might be left to rue their loss on Thursday.

The 2011 champions will start the final round against North West with just 32.5 game points in hand. And don’t expect North West to roll over, not after routing Boland 10 – 2 and beating Gauteng North 8 – 4 in the fourth round.

Southern Cape sits in third place, having amassed 37 game points after winning three of their bouts and halving another.

Central Gauteng surged to second in the standings with 39 game points after their 8.5 – 3.5 victory over Western Province and trail Ekurhuleni by a single game point.

Central Gauteng’s mid-amateurs triumphed in the 2017 IPT at Oubaai and their Premier IPT side followed suit in 2018. This year’s junior team would love to continue the tradition, but to win the title, the young Lions will have to pull off a decisive victory over Gauteng North.

The Daisies could be tough to beat after gaining some serious confidence with their 8 – 4 win over Boland, which was their first win of the week.

In the B-Section, the battle for promotion may have already been decided, but the teams will still play for pride. Having beaten Northern Cape 10.5 – 1.5 and Mpumalanga 8 – 4 in the fourth round to rocket to second in the standings, Border will be looking to punish Limpopo.

Mpumalanga will be looking to carry the momentum of their 9.5 – 2.5 victory over Northern Cape into their final match against Free State, while Eastern Province will attempt to hand KwaZulu-Natal their first loss of the week.

It’s all to play for in the Southern Cape in the final national amateur event of the season!

 

A-SECTION SCORES ROUND 4

Central Gauteng 8.5 – Western Province 3.5

North West 10 – Boland 2

Gauteng North 8 – Boland 4

North West 8 – Gauteng North 4

 

A-SECTION LOG ROUND 4

(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)

1 Ekurhuleni (5, 4, 1, 0, 9, 40)

2 Central Gauteng (5, 3, 1, 1, 7, 39)

3 Southern Cape (5, 3, 1, 1, 7, 37)

4 Western Province (5, 3, 1, 1, 7, 32.5)

5 North West (5, 2, 0, 3, 4, 26.5)

6 Gauteng North (5, 1, 0, 4, 2, 25)

7 Boland (6, 0, 0, 6, 0, 16)

 

B-SECTION SCORES ROUND 4

Free State 6.5 – Limpopo 5.5

Mpumalanga 9.5 – Northern Cape 2.5

Border 8 – Mpumalanga 4

Border 10.5 – Northern Cape 1.5

 

B-SECTION LOG ROUND 4

(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)

1 Kwa Zulu Natal (5, 5, 0, 0, 10, 53)

2 Border (5, 4, 0, 1, 8, 36)

3 Eastern Province (5, 3, 0, 2, 6, 40)

4 Mpumalanga (5, 3, 0, 2, 6, 29.5)

5 Free State (5, 2, 0, 3, 4, 26)

6 Limpopo (5, 0, 1, 4, 1, 17)

7 Northern Cape (6, 0, 1, 5, 1, 14.5)

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