Drama at the Green Mile
It was an evening of drama on Wednesday as teams played with their hearts on their sleeves to qualify for a semifinal spot in UCT’s Steinhoff Internal League.
All the teams were in action on a perfect evening as some savoured the victory and others left wondering where they went wrong.
The Green Mile played host to all 16 teams of the Steinhoff Internal League, as they played for a spot in the semifinals and tacking that step closer to the championship.
The Cup Winners’ Section kicked off with Turtles and Clarendon.
Clarendon arrived with just 12 players and the game was called off. Turtles, keen on a match, called for Tens which by the eye is a different ball game to the traditional 15.
Kopano and Marquard played a thrilling encounter with both teams attacking and defending well but Kopano always seemed to be the better team as the match progressed.
Panthers played their best rugby by far, controlling the game in every way possible. Although College House had a late surge of attacks, Panthers did not panic and eventually ran out three-try victors.
Another closely-contested match in the Cup section was Catsville up against the experienced campaigners the Shebeen Boys. The game heading to a nil all draw sparked a moment of brilliance by their centre pair breaking through the Catsville defence and winning the match for their team 7-0.
The Championship Section had the more competitive matches with Ubumbo beating the Spanners. The Spanners only have themselves to blame for loosing the match. Spanners having the numbers to the right decided to use there pack instead which did not pay off at all. Their kicker on the evening also didn’t help them at all missing three vital penalties.
Cobras had their grudge match against an ever improving ikhaya team. Ikhaya the team that kicked the Cobras out in the semi’s last year didn’t look like the team of old. Cobras played their patient but flamboyant brand of rugby that we are use to seeing. Cobras were just to good for them winning the match 33-6, with Callan Artus, JP van Huffel, Kyle Rennie, D. Johnson and Stuart Black scoring for the Cobras.
Nadoes had an early scare from the Wild Boys as they were held 7-7 at half-time, then soon showed why they are defending Internal League champions as they put their foot on the gas and rushed to a 21-7 lead which was also the final score. Try-scorers for the Nadoes were Shafiek Nordien, Theo van Aspern and Brad vd Westhuizen.
The final match between MOB and Smuts was a tight affair, as MOB could only manage a 5-3 win as Smuts brought their ‘A-Game’ on the evening.
All the results from Wednesday:
Steinhoff Spanners 8 Steinhoff Ubumbo 14
Steinhoff Cobras 33 Steinhoff Ikhaya 6
Steinhoff Nadoes 21 Steinhoff Wild Boys 7
Steinhoff MOB 5 Steinhoff Smuts 3
Cup Winners’ Section:
Steinhoff Turtles 20 Steinhoff Clarendon 0
Steinhoff Kopano 12 Steinhoff Marquard 10
Steinhoff Panthers 17 Steinhoff College House 0
Steinhoff Catsville 0 Steinhoff Shebeen Boys 7
By Clement le Roux