The defending UFS Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby champions, Steinhoff Vishuis, showed character by defeating Steinhoff Legatum 16-13 in a tense final on 9 September at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein.
The UFS Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby final will be remembered not only as a game where rugby rocked, but also for a match where Steinhoff Vishuis had to dig deep to win the final in the last minute against a determined Steinhoff Legatum team.
The half time score was 6-3 to Steinhoff Vishuis, with two penalty kicks converted to the one of Steinhoff Legatum. The second half was to end in nail-biting fashion, after Steinhoff Legatum answered with a try in the 45th minute by centre Vossie van Staden, which was converted by flyhalf Nakkie Naude. They led Steinhoff Vishuis 10-6.
Steinhoff Vishuis answered with a try in the 58th minute by continous pressure on the Steinhoff Legatum tryline. It was converted by fullback Marco Mason as Steinhoff Vishuis regained the lead. Nakkie Naude levelled the scores at 13-all in the 62nd minute.
But the defending champions held their nerve. A penalty clinched the match for Steinhoff Vishuis in the final minute. Fullback Marco Mason slotted the ball over for the three points, and Steinhoff Vishuis were crowned the 2016 UFS Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby champions.
Steinhoff Vishuis forwards scrummed exceptionally well throughout the match thanks to efforts of Jan Francois Bester, Francois Steyn, Nicolaas Immelman, Awie Thompson and Charl du Toit. Murray Bondiso was awarded as the Man of the Match.
Meanwhile Barend Borman, Marco Mason and Graham Maquire excelled in the backline with exceptional defence and attacking play. Steinhoff Legatum showed character throughout the game and played until the last minute , with the right bounce of the ball the game could have gone their way.
Nakkie Naude, Arthur Williams , Willem Barnard, Vossie van Staden and the prop CJ Van Staden played well for their team. But in the end Steinhoff Vishuis will represent the Free State university in the 2017 Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby championships.
By Xander Snyders