FNB Fort Hare romped to a 28-0 Border Super League victory last Saturday, but it was not enough for the Varsity Shield outfit to prevent Winter Rose from finishing top of the log.
Fort Hare would have been hoping for an Old Selbornian win over Winter Rose, but - instead - Rose managed a 26-10 win to seal the 2011 Border League title and, with it, National Club Championships qualification.
Winter Rose will, thus, represent Border at the Club Champs in Stellenbosch next month, but Fore Hare coach Elliot Fana - speaking before ast week - was a proud man ahead of the business-end of the league season.
"We leaked a lot of points in the Varsity Shield but in the league we have the best defensive record and have conceded the least amount of points," said Fana.
"The players have grown and are now ready for this week's challenge.
"Whatever happens, I'm very proud of the students I've worked with, all of whom have been with me since last November's pre-season training. None of them have even been home in that time."
Saturday's Border League - Round 14 - results:
Buffalo 28 Berlin Tigers 17
Fort Hare 28 Swallows 0
Winter Rose 26 Old Selbornian 10
East London Police 24 Cambridge 24
The following teams have now qualified for the 2011 National Club Championships: College Rovers (KZN - defending champions), Roses United (Boland), Maties (WP), Progress (SWD), Shimlas (Free State), Kimberley Police (Griquas), Welkom Rovers (Griffons) and Winter Rose (Border).