The oldest and biggest Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby competition concludes today when Steinhoff Huis Marais tackle Steinhoff Helderberg for the precious Sauer Cup at the famous Danie Craven Stadium.
After months of blood, sweat and tears the champions of Stellenbosch Koshuis Rugby will be crowned and it promises to be quite a spectacle. Steinhoff Huis Marais have had a great season, staying in the top four from the early rounds of the competition, while Steinhoff Helderberg made a late surge that surprised many other teams and have some great momentum heading into tonight’s final.
Steinhoff Huis Marais have won the Sauer 11 times in the past with their first victory back in 1950 and their most recent one in 2006. They also played in the final last year but unfortunately lost to Steinhoff Dagbreek. It is thus no surprise why Steinhoff Huis Marais base their principles highly on rugby as they are steeped in the game’s tradition at the famous Stellenbosch University.
Steinhoff Helderberg on the other hand have only won three Sauer Cups with their most recent one coming in 2002. They last featured in the final back in 2011 when future FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International winger Mike Muller scored a consolation try in their 20-8 defeat to Steinhoff Dagbreek but it is no secret that the Republic pose a major threat to Steinhoff Huis Marais tonight. Their unpredictability in the group stages upset many teams and are they currently booming with confidence after finishing the strong and then beating Steinhoff Helshoogte in the semi-final.
When the two sides met in the regular season it was Steinhoff Helderberg who came out on top with a 10-0 victory. They will hope for a repeat of that result tonight, while Steinhoff Huis Marais would want to make up for last year’s loss in the final.
Steinhoff Huis Marais have produced three Springbok captains in Avril Malan, Abe Malan and Hannes Marais. Chean Roux, the former FNB Maties coach, now looks after the Springbok defence with JJ Harmse being part of the SA Rugby media contingent. Old-boy Eneill Buitendag is a Namibian International and played at the 2015 RWC.
Current Junior Maties coach Christoff Lötter is a former resident of Helderberg and another well-known Helderberg old-boy is former Stormers and WP Captain Deon Fourie.
The match kicks off at 20:15 at the Danie Craven Stadium and promises to be a thriller.