Steinhoff Saints kicked off the day with an impressive win against Steinhoff Ubombo, providing a somewhat ideal end to a season which has seen them improve greatly compared to last year’s winless run. In the other 5th and 6th place play-off, Steinhoff Knights forfeited their match against Steinhoff Smuts.
Steinhoff Cobras booked their place in the final via a scoreline that makes it seem as if they went unchallenged for the majority of the game. However, that isn’t the case, as Steinhoff Cobras captain Ty Wills has stated (on numerous occasions) that the quality of competition in the league has steadily been on the rise. The match ended 18-3 to Steinhoff Cobras.
In the other semi-final of the day, the traditional ‘Cobras vs Nadoes’ plot was turned on its head as Steinhoff Turtles banded together and dug deep to earn a win over Steinhoff Nadoes. They now find themselves with the opportunity to dethrone Steinhoff Cobras, and play in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International next year. Whether they win or not, there is no doubt that Steinhoff Turtles have had a fantastic run this season.
|Team 1||Team 2||Result|
|Steinhoff Ubombo||Steinhoff Saints||5 – 14|
|Steinhoff Smuts||Steinhoff Knights||20 – 0|
|Steinhoff Cobras||Steinhoff CVU Vikings||18 – 3|
|Steinhoff Turtles||Steinhoff Nadoes||14 – 10|
Steinhoff Turtles ready to take a shot at Steinhoff Cobras’ title
After weeks and weeks of wind, rain and hard fought victories, the Steinhoff Koshuis league at the University of Cape Town is set to come to a close on Wednesday evening.
The day is set to start off with Steinhoff Smuts and Steinhoff Saints battling it out in the 5th/6th place playoff. The 3rd/4th play-off between Steinhoff Nadoes and Steinhoff CVU Vikings is set to take place at the same time after both teams put up a strong fight but failed to make it to the finals. This will be an unfamiliar position for Steinhoff Nadoes to be in, as they’ve grown accustomed to being involved in cup finals year after year.
The final sees the defending champions Steinhoff Cobras take on a much improved Steinhoff Turtles side. This is the first time in years that the final has been a match-up of anyone besides Steinhoff Nadoes and Steinhoff Cobras, and Steinhoff Turtles fully intend to make the most of it.
“It was a great performance [in the semi-finals]; the boys really pulled together and we really had a lot of fun out there. But now it’s about taking it one step further, and we’ve had the belief for a very long time. Being in the final is a great opportunity, it’s an awesome occasion, so we just want to go out there and get the ‘W’ for the Turtles family,” said Dale Stephen, typifying the close knit unit that Steinhoff Turtles have become over the years.
However, standing between them and the title is a Steinhoff Cobras side that have established themselves as the team to beat in recent times. “For the final, we’re very excited. It’s a big test week for some of the guys so it might be a nice relief from that, and I think it’ll be a very close game because the Turtles look very up for it. We’re looking forward to playing our brand of rugby and build off that to enjoy what has been a great season,” said Ty Wills. Whatever the result may be, the clash between the defending champions and the ambitious contenders is bound to be exciting for players and fans alike.
|Date||Time||Team 1||Team 2||Venue|
|20 September 2017||19:00||Steinhoff Saints||Steinhoff Smuts||UCT B Field|
|20 September 2017||19:00||Steinhoff Nadoes||Steinhoff CVU Vikings||UCT A Field|
|20 September 2017||20:00||Steinhoff Cobras||Steinhoff Turtles||UCT A 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