False Bay RFC are the 2013 Super League B champions. They dismantled a game NNK at Parow in their final fixture of the season on Thursday night. The final score was 56-3 after the Bay lead 14-3 at the break.
The hosts displayed a determination which may have alarmed the Bay supporters had the title not already been secured. This match was postponed due to inclement weather and it seemed as if the Cape Winter was about to play another of its cruel tricks in the build up to the contest. Swirling winds and rain fell over the Peninsula and many a player and coach was hoping that no further disruption to a disjointed season would have to be endured.
Fortunately the pitch held up and a full set of matches took place as planned. NNK were no pushovers in the first stanza as the half time suggests but the power of the Bay forwards, with lock Graham Knoop in the vanguard, wore the hosts down and the visitors ran in 8 tries to the solitary NNK penalty goal by Barry du Toit. Flyhalf Andri Claasen, who has had an outstanding year-end run, converted 6 and gifted Whalied Heyns the opportunity to convert his own try, which he duly did.
With the Bay Under 20s needing a 5 league point win to secure their title, there was sufficient interest in the preceding matches. They secured the necessary points and join their senior clubmates as League Champions. All three of the Senior outfits have won their respective leagues.
Testimony to the depth of talent at the Bay, a notable achievement was the False Bay Second XV which was unbeaten and secured the maximum league points of 90 as they progressed through the season scoring more than four tries in every match in their invincible run. This is a False Bay RFC record which may very well extend to all recent club rugby. The unbeaten Third XV came close to emulating this feat, dropping only 2 points by not scoring four tries in two of their matches.
This depth and success will stand False Bay in good stead as they look to the extended 2014 SLA structure. It is the First XV on which all clubs are judged and the Constantia club’s flagship squad delivered impressive results, prompting many to believe that they were a quality outfit which would not have disgraced themselves in the top echelon this season. A statistic which supports this is the Bay’s points difference, where they delivered a nett advantage of 764, almost triple that of the second placed UWC.
Coach Kevin Musikanth delivered on his 2013 brief of winning the SLB league and he proudly moves on to his new position as Director of Rugby of UCT with fond memories and two league titles during his 5 year involvement at the Constantia club.
False Bay hold their Annual Awards Dinner on 11 October at which they honour the success of the teams and acknowledge individual achievements.