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.
The day also saw defending champions and crowd favourites Steinhoff Mopanie take on Steinhoff Sonop in the first league final. With Mopanie holding the title as the 2014 champions, they presented a tough challenge for any team that was going to meet them in the final. Sonop gave them a run for their money, but Mopanie clinched a 24-13 victory.
As part of the competition, a Steinhoff UP-Tuks Koshuis Barbarians team was announced that will compete against the University of Johannesburg on 12 September. The following players were chosen: Anru Stander (Mopanie), Hancu Sipsma (Sonop), Lood De Jager (Maroela), Rynhardt Bezuidenhout (Mopanie), Lourens Weyer (Mopanie), Alex Thomas (Maroela), Albert Jordaan (Mopanie), Hein Schoeman (Mopanie), Vincent Hulk (Sonop), Christiaan du Toit (Mopanie), Boeta Erasmus (Sonop), Cameron Christie (Onderstepoort), Helgard Gous (Mopanie), Lean van der Walt (Mopanie) and Javon Erasmus (Sonop). The following reserves were also chosen: Jeandre Taljaard (Maroela), Jason Langman (Mopanie), Allistor van Schoor (Maroela), Dawie Maree (Onderstepoort), Hanro Cloete (Sonop), Dean Alberts (Mopanie), Kobus Eloff (Sonop) and Burger Fouche (Maroela).
UP-Tuks res rugby continues to attract crowds who relish the opportunity to witness the latest rugby talent on display, especially with the players getting better every year. As Mopanie looks toward the next Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championships, they’ll be wary of complacency during the long break but will surely be confident, having stepped up to the challenge