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Simon Borchardt

Relegation battle may not matter


Griquas prop Lourens Adriaanse against the Pumas Griquas prop Lourens Adriaanse against the Pumas

Griquas and the Pumas will play two promotion-relegation matches over the next two weeks, even though both sides are likely to be included in an expanded eight-team Premier Division next year.

SARugbymag.co.za has it on good authority that South Africa's 14 provincial unions will vote again on the proposal to expand the top flight, and that this time the smaller unions that voted against it are expected to vote for it.

On 30 September, the final vote at Saru's special general meeting was in favour of the amended structure of the competition, with a 19/10 split, but the motion was not carried because it required a 75% majority vote. EP president Cheeky Watson told SARugbymag.co.za that it was Boland, Border, SWD, the Leopards and Valke who prevented the Pumas and Kings, who finished first and second on the First Division log respectively, from joining the Premier Division next year (each union has two votes and the Saru president one).

However, the bigger unions were reportedly unhappy with this result and wrote to Saru requesting a new vote.

While this is expected to happen at a meeting in December, the promotion-relegation matches between Griquas and the Pumas still have to go ahead just in case the re-vote does not produce a different outcome.

When asked to comment, Saru's general manager of corporate affairs, Andy Colquhoun, told SARugbymag.co.za that 'no meeting – as yet – has been called and is not Saru's practice to "preview" meetings before they occur.'

By Simon Borchardt

Photo: Dirk Jacobs/Gallo Images

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