Rugby Warriors sent packing by Rovers

Brendan Rademeyer makes an impact off the bench.

THERE were some flashes of brilliance from the Riversmead South Coast Warriors against College Rovers in the first round of the Murray Cup, played at Douglas Mitchell Sports Ground last Saturday.

Unfortunately, they were few and far between and their defence just could not withstand the relentless attacking force that is the Rovers, unsurprisingly crowned Premier Division champions this year.

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So, it was always going to be a very big ask, even on the firm turf at Douglas Mitchell.

The final score was 78-14 to Rovers, but the Warriors did not give up, producing a sensational try late in the game to give the coaches and fans something to smile about.

There were periods of play where they held their own, but then there were lapses where they just couldn’t seem to stay in the game.

Juan van den Berg and Chris Mitchell.

In those moments they must have felt like Rovers had 20 men.

To be fair though, they were playing against a highly motivated champion outfit, who will probably go on to win the Murray Cup.

Tries were scored by Luyanda Sithole and Jayden Onkers, with Jaques Petzer-Moore converting both.

Despite the heavy loss, there was good team spirit and camarderie. The players knelt to the ground after the game, wrapping things up with a short prayer.

This brings an end to the season for the Warriors.

It’s been a tough year, with a lack of depth at times making it difficult to remain ultra competitive.

Although technically relegated from the top flight, there are some issues which need to be cleared up involving other teams and so the Warriors may stay up.

In the meantime, those not involved in sub-union rugby can take a well-deserved break and look forward to seeing what the Springboks can do in the Rugby Championships.

Riversmead South Coast Warriors.

A fair number of Warriors will be playing for Southern KwaZulu-Natal against Zululand away on Saturday, August 26.

Should they win this – and they’ll back themselves to do so – then the last game against Northern KZN, scheduled for Growthpoint King’s Park on September 2, will most likely be a ‘final’, as Northerns should beat Durban Rugby Sub-Union.

On the line is the Ebbo Bastard Trophy and bragging rights over the other sub-union teams.

 

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David Rush
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