The ninth round of Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby League fixtures at the University of Cape Town came to a close in dramatic fashion as Steinhoff Nadoes and Steinhoff CVU Vikings left it late to earn their spots in the semi-finals.
After showing signs of improvement, Steinhoff Saints ended their season on a high as they defeated Steinhoff Leo Marquard 31-0. Unfortunately for Steinhoff Leo Marquard, this means that they’ve gone an entire season without winning a match or scoring a single point.
Steinhoff Nadoes played with purpose as they overcame a Steinhoff Smuts side that wasn’t short on confidence. Winning 29-12, they continued their history of being one of the top competitors at the University of Cape Town.
In the other deciding match of the day, Steinhoff CVU Vikings held Steinhoff Ubombo to a 12-12 draw, which was enough to guarantee the former a spot in the semi-finals. At the end of nine weeks of fixtures, Steinhoff Ubombo missed out on the top four by only two points. In the other match of the day, Steinhoff Knights forfeited their match against Steinhoff Turtles. However, this has no real impact on the log as a result for either team would have made no significant difference.
|Team 1||Team 2||Result|
|Steinhoff Saints||Steinhoff Leo Marquard||31 – 0|
|Steinhoff Knights||Steinhoff Turtles||0 – 20|
|Steinhoff Nadoes||Steinhoff Smuts||29 – 12|
|Steinhoff CVU Vikings||Steinhoff Ubombo||12 – 12|
Top four set to slug it out for a shot at the trophy
In a repeat of last year’s semi-final, Steinhoff Nadoes and Steinhoff Turtles are set to go head-to-head in what promises to be a close encounter on Wednesday evening. A fresh batch of players and numerous breaks between matches meant that Steinhoff Nadoes took a bit of time to get into their stride, and after having lost to Steinhoff Turtles a few weeks ago, they’ll be looking to get a bit of revenge. However, Steinhoff Turtles are a team typified by close ties and players who are willing to leave it all out on the field for their teammates, and after a great run of form this season, look set to put up a noteworthy fight.
Steinhoff Cobras will be looking to avenge their defeat a few weeks ago when they take on the very team that ended their long-standing undefeated run: Steinhoff CVU Vikings. As newcomers to this stage of the competition, they will be looking to prove a point, and what better way than toppling the team who are arguably favourites for the title? Steinhoff CVU Vikings are an indicator to the league’s increasing level of competitiveness, and we could soon see the traditional ‘Steinhoff Cobras vs Steinhoff Nadoes’ narrative being changed.
However, before this all takes place, Steinhoff Smuts face Steinhoff Knights and Steinhoff Ubombo face Steinhoff Saints in the fifth and sixth place playoffs. All four teams involved have been in great form as of late, and them getting another crack at each other could go a long way in continuing the trend of the level of competition in the league improving.
|Date||Time||Team 1||Team 2||Venue|
|13 September 2017||18:00||Steinhoff Smuts||Steinhoff Knights||UCT B Field|
|13 September 2017||19:00||Steinhoff Ubombo||Steinhoff Saints||UCT B Field|
|13 September 2017||20:00||Steinhoff Cobras||Steinhoff CVU Vikings||UCT B Field|
|13 September 2017||20:00||Steinhoff Turtles||Steinhoff Nadoes||UCT C Field|
|4||Steinhoff CVU Vikings||9||6||1||2||96||3||29|
|10||Steinhoff Leo Marquard||9||0||0||9||-247||0||0|
By Wessley Thring