KAYA NOCANDA: Mopanie secured their place in next year’s Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championship when they beat Maroela 16-13 in the final of the UP-Tuks res league on 9 September. Mopanie will compete against residences from around the country in next year’s competition.
When the teams played each other in the final round of league fixtures, Maroela beat Mopanie 26-19 in a close encounter. However, Mopanie came into this fixture brimming with confidence after having beaten last year’s champions Onderstepoort in the semi-final.
Mopanie opened scoring early in the game when they converted a penalty after Maroela were penalised just outside their 22-metre line. Mopanie were awarded another penalty when a Maroela player failed to release the ball-carrier in time at the breakdown. Mopanie opted for a penalty but the attempt at goal was missed.
SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: On Tuesday 2 September, Maroela’s first XV played Sonop’s first XV in the semi-finals of the Koshuis Rugby League. The game started with both teams observing a minute of silence for Teemus Kauluma, the Maroela resident who died last Monday.
Maroela kicked off the game and the teams were deadlocked as neither defence let up. Maroela strung a few phases together and were playing well but the Sonop defence was able to keep them at bay.
Maroela kept pushing and eventually an incredible chipped ball landed well and bounced in favour of Maroela and they scored a sensational try. The conversion was unsuccessful.
NICHOLAS MCGREGOR: It was a beautiful Eastern Cape afternoon Saturday at the Graeme College versus Muir College first team rugby game. I sat down on the grassy slope facing the field and got comfortable. I pulled out my box of cigarettes and I was about to light one when I realised I had left my matches at home. Frustrated at my forgetfulness, I scoured the crowd for any signs of smoke projecting from anyone’s hands or mouths to no avail. I saw an older gentleman, smartly dressed in a plaid blazer, in the corner of the crowd, lighting a freshly rolled cigarette. I strolled over and politely asked for a light and he was more than happy to oblige.
KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won this year’s BBRU Carlton Cup beating Pretoria Police 35-13 in the final on Saturday 9 August.
In the build-up to the final UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human did not believe that the game was going to be easy and said that there would be “war” when the two sides collided.
The opening ten minutes of the game saw both teams using a lot of one-off runners to assert their dominance in the collisions. UP-Tuks 1 were determined to cross the advantage line with each carry but Pretoria Police’s defence was strong and they were able to repel UP-Tuks 1’s efforts. Team captain and number five lock Reniel Hugo spotted some space behind Police’s defensive line and his chip forced the Police full-back to kick the ball out inside his own 22. UP-Tuks 1 were then able to set up a rolling maul that saw Sidney Tobias scoring the first try of the final. The conversion attempt by Antonie Beswick was unsuccessful.
MUHAMMAD HUSSAIN: It was tries galore on a Dunedin-like Great Field as the Rhodes Internal Rugby League continued last Friday evening.
In the first of the night’s fixtures Founders ran in five tries to beat The Hill 34-5.
“We started off a bit slow and they were very good in the beginning, but we got one and another try before halftime,” said Paul Burgess, Captain of the Founders team.
KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human is optimistic about his side’s prospects of defending their BBRU Carlton Cup title. The team has been buoyed by their recent success in the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) Rugby Championship and their form coming into the final, which is set to be staged at Loftus Versfeld.
Human spoke to Perdeby.
Coming into the Top 4 phase of the Carlton Cup, have your achievements in the USSA competition had a significant effect on the team’s morale and their belief that they can defend their title?
Claiming the much sought after USSA championship title for only the second time in the 20-year history of the tournament was a huge morale and confidence booster. We succeeded because every player and management team member lived the dream that we were meant to be the 2014 champions. I am very proud of them all.
KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won gold at the USSA rugby festival hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 30 June to 4 July.
The Tuks side, under the mentorship of Pote Human, succeeded in winning back the title that Tuks had last won in 2012, beating 2013 champions the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the final.
UP-Tuks 1 came into the competition as strong favourites as the core of their team had been participating in the BBRU Carlton Cup, where they dominated. This meant that most of the Tuks players were already match fit whereas some of the other participating teams did not have this advantage.
LUTHO MTONGANA: The Wits internal rugby league put on an exhilarating show last night with four tightly contested games on the east campus rugby fields.
All four games ended the first half with scores tied, an indication of how evenly matched the teams were.
The Steinhoff Medics won 34-32 against the Steinhoff Engineers in the highest scoring game of the night. The Medics ended the game with a spectacular try from within their own half.
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It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this. He recently threatened to withdraw funds from sport teams if they do not fulfill the 60% black representational quota. This was made with particular reference to sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, athletics and soccer.
Lutho Mtongana: Monash University won its internal rugby league match against Steinhoff South African Hellenic Association (SHA) on Wednesday, 31 to 25, but left many of its fans frustrated with their poor defence.