Hatfield Studios was victorious in the first ever Bragging Rights Touch Tournament held on Saturday 5 March. The 15 competing teams consisted of the UP women’s residences, which were divided into three pools. The winners of the three pools then competed among each other in a shortened round robin format.
The standard laws of touch rugby applied. The matches were played across half a rugby field and were five minutes a half, with a two minute half time. Possession of the ball could be turned over by six touches in a row, letting the ball touch the ground and passing the ball forward.
This year’s Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championships finals were played on 1 September at the LC de Villiers stadium.
In the first final of the day, Steinhoff Law House went up against Steinhoff Sonop in a match between two physical teams that were both determined to claim the title of second league champions. The pressure of the occasion saw the teams play a match that was riddled with errors, and it was Sonop who crossed the line first. They were soon under pressure as Law House spent a large amount of the game in their half of the field and, despite being resilient in defence, they ended up losing the match 13-7. The u/20s match saw Boekenhout beat Olienhout 29-5.
Mopanie secured their place in next year’s Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championship when they beat Maroela 16-13 in the final of the UP-Tuks res league on 9 September. Mopanie will compete against residences from around the country in next year’s competition.
When the teams played each other in the final round of league fixtures, Maroela beat Mopanie 26-19 in a close encounter. However, Mopanie came into this fixture brimming with confidence after having beaten last year’s champions Onderstepoort in the semi-final.
Huis Mopanie clinched the 2015 Steinhoff KoshuisRugby (res rugby) Championship title on 13 April. The competition, which consists of the residences that won their respective universities’ res league the preceding year, saw Mopanie cap off an unbeaten season against the University of the Free State’s Vishuis.
Mopanie dominated the opening stages of the match, taking the game to Vishuis and not holding back. They took an early lead through fly-half Dean Alberts with a well taken penalty. The lead was short-lived as Barend Bornman of Vishuis broke through Mopanie’s defence and offloaded the ball to Loek van der Merwe who scored the first try of the match.
The finals on 25 August saw OP ladies reign victorious as they beat defending league champions Vividus Ladies 1-0. Taaibos took home the gold in the men’s league as they beat Sonop 2-0. This season is the first time in nearly a decade that either Taaibos or OP ladies have won the res league.
The women’s res hockey league semi-finals earlier that evening saw Vividus 1 beat Madelief 1-0 in a penalty shootout and Onderstepoort claim a 2-0 victory over Curlitzia in another penalty shootout. In the men’s semi-finals, Sonop 1 won 1-0 against Kollege 1, while Taaibos overcame Boekenhout 1-0 with a late winner from a last-minute short corner.