A FESTIVAL OF RUGBY AT FALSE BAY
The WPRFU’s end of season President’s Cup tournament between the Top Six finishers of the three Super Leagues kicked off last Saturday at various venues and the semifinals of the SLA leg are set to take place at Constantia on Saturday featuring four heavyweights of the 2015 Super League A season.
The short-format tournament features the top four competitive teams of each qualifying club finishing in the first six positions in a knockout format with the finals taking place at Newlands on Heritage Day, Thursday 24 September in a festival of rugby which affords club players one opportunity to experience the magic of playing at the revered stadium.
Maties and DirectAxis False Bay RFC earned a free passage to the semifinals by virtue of their first and second place finish respectively. The teams which finished third to sixth in SLA2015, namely Hamiltons, Durbell, UCT and Vics contested the quarter finals at the Stephen Oval in Sea Point last Saturday. Hamiltons and Durbell triumphed and progress to the semi finals this coming Saturday. Durbell thumped a tired Ikeys outfit 48-10 while Hammies beat Vics 55-31 in a high scoring thriller.
It is now False Bay’s turn to host three other clubs in what promises to be a feast of rugby for even the part-time fan of the game. With the top four teams, namely First, Seconds, Thirds and Under 20As of Hamiltons and False Bay participating, the Phillip Herbstein fields will see five matches between the four clubs. Kicking off proceedings is a longstanding arrangement between the Old Boys of Zwaanswyk High School and Fish Hoek High School who face off in an annual charity challenge, setting the tone of benevolence and camaraderie through old rivalries.
False Bay face Hamiltons while Durbell take on Maties. The Bay lost only one match on their way to their best league finish in over forty years and it is ironic that it was a loss to Hamiltons, who comprehensively beat them on the day. The Constantia outfit deserved the loss but acknowledge that they were architects of their own downfall on that bitterly cold day in Sea Point and will be in a determined frame of mind to plaster over that blemish with a win against their old foe.
Hamiltons by contrast will arrive with nothing but victory in mind and indeed have set claiming the Presidents Cup as a consolation to being pipped by the Bay as the highest finishing non-university club in the final SLA standings.
Adding to DirectAxis False Bay’s superb performance in the SLA, their Fifth Team better known as the FIFOs, won the Reserve League title last Friday night. Overall, False Bay’s various teams have performed exceptionally, delivering top five finishes in their leagues.
Match proceedings start from 10.30am with the Maties versus Durbell match kicking off at 2.30pm, followed by the False Bay versus Hamiltons contest at 4pm.
Straight after this spectators can settle down to watch the Springboks take on Japan in their opening RWC2015 match.