Steinhoff Helderberg claimed their first Steinhoff Sauerbeker title since 2000, when they beat Steinhoff Huis Marais 21-15 on Friday night.
An early try by by Steinhoff Helderberg tighthead, Gawie Gregory, gave Helderberg a 7-0 lead after flyhalf Henri du Toit kicked the conversion. Steinhoff Huis Marais struck back with a try by winger Edward Reynierse to make the halftime score 14-5.
The men form the Republic went further ahead when scrumhalf Joahn Lamprecht scored a breakaway try, which Du Toit also converted. The Huis manne edged even closer when lock Jaco Louw scored with scrumhalf Visser Geldenhuys converting. At 14-12 the game was in the balance and it would come down to some individual brilliance to decide the outcome.
Veteran centre Manus Bester carved his name into Steinhoff Sauerbeker folklore when he sliced the Steinhoff Huis Marais defense open and the conversion by Du Toit made it 21-12 with time running out. Despite a late penalty by Lamprechts, Steinhoff Huis Marais could not score a further try, with Steinhoff Helderberg adding the 2016 Steinhoff Sauerbeker to their list of conquests which includes 1960, 1973 and 2000 titles.
Steinhoff Helderberg will now represent the Maties in the 2017 Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championships, and we are sure they will continue to play an exciting brand of rugby!
Steinhoff Man of the Match: Philip Nel (Steinhoff Helderberg)
Steinhoff Helderberg 21
Tries: Gawie Gregory, Johan Lamprechts, Manus Bester
Cons: Henri du Toit (3)
Steinhoff Huis Marais 15
Tries: Edward Reynierse, Jaco Louw.
Cons: Visser Gildenhuys.
Pens: Visser Gildenhuys.
By Dorfling Terblanche