The final curtain came down on the KZNRU Club Rugby season with the Fidelity Security Moor Cup champions Your Communications bowing out of the Gold Cup National Club Championship after being comprehensively beaten 52-19 by one of the favorite sides to win the championship the 2014 champions Rustenburg Impala.
Rustenburg Impala, coached by former Sharks and Springbok fullback Hugh Reece-Edwards, led 21-7 at half time and proved far too strong up front and with the backing of the platinum mining company Implat look set to find their way to the final. Nonetheless, the positive aspect of the game for Rovers showed just how dangerous they were outside with Tythan Adams ending up as the top try scorer in the competition after six rounds, having crossed for 10 tries in his five outings, giving him a strike rate of two touchdowns per game.
Rovers can hold their heads high for making the top eight, which now sees Platinum Impala hosting the iron men from Brakpan in Rustenberg while Durbell will entertain False Bay in an all Western Promise semi final.this coming Saturday.
SA Home Loans Durban Collegians, the other KZNRU to have represented the KZNRU in the Gold Cup, might have been knocked out in the earlier rounds but had plenty to smile for taking home most of the silverware in Monday evening’s annual club’s prize-giving in the Presidents Suite at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.
The 110 year old club had one of their best season in decades, collecting the lion’s share of the KZNRU silverware including the oldest knockout trophy in World Rugby, the Castle Murray Cup to go with the Wylie Cup, Peter Taylor Trophy, The Frank Norris Cup, The Basil Medway knockout trophy and The Walker Cup.
Varsity College took home The Kings Park Challenge Cup and the DW Geddie Cup, so taking the Under 20 ‘B’ double, while Hillcrest won the Junior Murray making it two in a row. College Rovers took home the most coveted trophy of the lot as winners of the league – the priceless Moor Cup – together with the KZNRU Women’s Trophy. All in all the trophies were evenly distributed with Richards Bay now promoted to the Premier Division taking home arguably the finest looking trophy of them all the Dewar Shield.
GameOn presents The Locker Room and another popular Eye2Eye with John Allan on 26 October at the Sea Cottage Room Greyville Racecourse, which sees the former Scottish and Springbok International in conversation with Oympian Chad le Clos, International swimming coach extraordinaire Graham Hill and former Springbok fitness coach Mark Steel. For R200 per person this is not to be missed as the panel talk about the pressures of international sportsmen and the importance of good coaching skills. For further information and bookings speak to Yvonne at 0791838711
Then on 11 November, also at the Greyville Racecourse, the Expro annual Christmas Toys for Joy function takes place starting at noon with Paul Lafferty as the MC and funny man Mel Miller in on the act with Hugh Bladen in conversation with Bakkies Botha and in light of the poor performances by our beloved Springboks in recent times should be an interesting highlight. For further information contact Di Wiggett at 011-6506540
So until next season, here’s wishing all the clubs a restful break and a a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.
– Jos Robson