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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.
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.
On Tuesday 2 September, Maroela’s first XV played Sonop’s first XV in the semi-finals of the Koshuis Rugby League. The game started with both teams observing a minute of silence for Teemus Kauluma, the Maroela resident who died last Monday.
Maroela kicked off the game and the teams were deadlocked as neither defence let up. Maroela strung a few phases together and were playing well but the Sonop defence was able to keep them at bay.