The 2017 installment of the UCT Internal League is finally upon us! Here’s what’s in store for the first few rounds.
The Steinhoff Cobras ended their season on a high by beating their closest rivals, Steinhoff Nadoes, 29-8 to lift the trophy and book their spot in the Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championships for 2017.
The highly anticipated game kicked off with both teams looking to gain the upper hand, but it was Steinhoff Nadoes who drew first blood as a try by Pat Chuter put the defending champions 5-0 up. However, Steinhoff Cobras quickly replied as they soon mauled the ball over the line, with captain Ty Wills converting from the spot. Wills was on the mark again, scoring a penalty and taking the score to 10-5.
The Steinhoff Nadoes fought back, scoring a penalty of their own and reducing the deficit to two points before the fleet-footed Chris Heunis sped passed the opposition defenders and scored for the Cobras. Steinhoff Cobras kept up the high tempo, and they found another break as a sweeping move was finished off by Dan Russell.
Steinhoff Cobras dominated the scrum throughout the match, and ended the first half with a burst of pressure. When the second half began, Steinhoff Nadoes came out swinging as the game began opening up. Both teams were coming close to scoring, but vital tackles in the right places kept the score line the same until Dylan Hadzigrigoriu broke through the Nadoes line and scored.
Ty Wills completed his second conversion of the night, bringing the score to 29-8. Steinhoff Nadoes tried again and again to claw their way back up on the scoreboard, but a solid defensive effort by the Steinhoff Cobras saw each attack pass until the final whistle. The match ended 29-8 to the Steinhoff Cobras.
Man of the Match: Justin Heunis (Steinhoff Cobras)
Steinhoff Cobras: 29
Tries: Dan Russell, Chris Heunis, Dylan Hadzigrigoriou, Sean Paterson
Cons: Ty Wills (3)
Pens: Ty Wills
Steinhoff Nadoes: 8
Tries: Pat Chuter
Pens: Ross Henebrey
Steinhoff Cobras: 1 William Day, 2 Dylan Hadzigrigoriou, 3 Jaime Manuel, 4 Tom van As, 5 Oliver Neill, 6 Devon Stone, 7 Jordan Artus, 8 Sean Paterson, 9 Justin Rowe-Roberts, 10 Luke Leach, 11 Chris Heunis, 12 Justin Heunis, 13 Byrone Kennedy, 14 Josh Attenborough, 15 Ty Wills (c)
Replacements: 16 Callan Artus, 17 Dan Russell, 18 Luke Kuhn, 19 Zukile Ncube, 20 Campbell Frost, 21 Ross Church, 22 Junaide Joseph, 23 Zukile Dube
Steinhoff Nadoes: 1 Ty De Brito, 2 Phil Quma, 3 Ryan Grant, 4 Ken Kabongo, 5 Jacob Perren, 6 Alessio De Gouveia (c), 7 West McIntosh, 8 Theo Von Aspern, 9 Ross Henebrey, 10 Dan Gluckman, 11 Jabu Rachia, 12 Kofi Appiah, 13 Craven Mashalaba, 14 Vusi Gubeni, 15 Pat Chuter.
Replacements: 16 Yandi Maqenukana, 17 Aphiwe Qaba, 18 Lihle Kula, 19 Josua (JDV) De Villiers, 20 Lloyd Gluckman, 21 Ed Bester, 22 Ryan Levy, 23 Chris Ford.
By Wessley Thring
The Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby action resumes on Wednesday with Steinhoff Cobras taking on Steinhoff Leo Marquard. It seems an easy game for Steinhoff Cobras on paper, as they are currently the highest scoring team while Steinhoff Leo Marquard have the second worst defensive record thus far.
Ninth place Steinhoff Cats are set to take on tenth place Steinhoff Kopano in one of the late fixtures of the day in the hopes of keeping the pressure on Steinhoff CVU Vikings after they forfeited their game against Steinhoff Ubombo last time out.
Steinhoff Nadoes will be desperate to keep pace with Steinhoff Cobras as they take on Steinhoff Knights, while Steinhoff Smuts are looking to get back on track as they face bottom of the log side Steinhoff Saints.
Steinhoff Ikhaya, tied for fourth position after Steinhoff Smust fell just short against Steinhoff Nadoes, take on Steinhoff Ubombo before Steinhoff Turtles, who were temporarily second on the log, take on Steinhoff CVU Vikings in the last match of the day as they maintain pressure on the top two teams.
|Fixtures (current week)|
|Date||Time||Team 1||Team 2||Venue|
|10 August||17:30||Steinhoff Cobras||Steinhoff Leo Marquard||UCT B Field|
|10 August||17:30||Steinhoff Nadoes||Steinhoff Knights||UCT C Field|
|10 August||18:30||Steinhoff Ikhaya||Steinhoff Ubombo||UCT B Field|
|10 August||18:30||Steinhoff Cats||Steinhoff Kopano||UCT C Field|
|10 August||19:30||Steinhoff Smuts||Steinhoff Saints||UCT B Field|
|10 August||19:30||Steinhoff Turtles||Steinhoff CVU Vikings||UCT C Field|
Steinhoff Nadoes bounced back after suffering their first loss of the season as they managed to overcome a Steinhoff Smuts team who have been growing stronger as the season has been progressing.
Steinhoff Nadoes narrowly beat Steinhoff Smuts 10-9. They now sit in second place, with Steinhoff Turtles breathing down their necks in the race for top place.
In the other game of the day, Steinhoff Ubombo collected the points as Steinhoff CVU Vikings unfortunately had to forfeit the game.
|Results (previous week):|
|Team 1||Team 2||Result|
|Steinhoff CVU Vikings||Steinhoff Ubombo||0 – 20 (Vikings forfeited)|
|Steinhoff Smuts||Steinhoff Nadoes||9 – 10|
The high-flying Steinhoff Nadoes are set to take on their closest rivals, Steinhoff Cobras, in a rematch of last year’s final that promises to show why they are the two in-form teams thus far. Steinhoff Nadoes were victorious last time out, but Steinhoff Cobras will be determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. The Steinhoff Turtles will be hoping to keep the pressure on the top two teams as they face a struggling Steinhoff Saints side.
Steinhoff Smuts line up against Steinhoff Cats as they try to remain in a strong position ahead of Steinhoff Knights and Steinhoff CVU Vikings, who face off in the hopes of gaining an edge on their closest rivals.
The late fixtures of the day see Steinhoff Ikhaya taking on Steinhoff Leo Marquard and Steinhoff Ubombo facing off against Steinhoff Kopano. These four teams occupy the bottom half of the table, and will be hoping to close the gap between themselves and those above them.
With the end of the season getting closer and closer, teams will be looking to step up their game in order to finish as high as possible. That can only mean one thing for the fans: good rugby!
|Fixtures (current week)|
|Date||Time||Team 1||Team 2||Venue|
|27 July||17:30||Steinhoff Saints||Steinhoff Turtles||UCT B Field|
|27 July||17:30||Steinhoff Cats||Steinhoff Smuts||UCT C Field|
|27 July||18:30||Steinhoff Knights||Steinhoff CVU Vikings||UCT B Field|
|27 July||18:30||Steinhoff Cobras||Steinhoff Nadoes||UCT C Field|
|27 July||19:30||Steinhoff Ikhaya||Steinhoff Leo Marquard||UCT B Field|
|27 July||19:30||Steinhoff Ubombo||Steinhoff Kopano||UCT C Field|