A lively crowd was treated to four fantastic matches in the President’s Cup Finals Day at DHL Newlands on Saturday, October 4th, as the 2014 Western Province Club Rugby season finished on a high. Thanks to WP Rugby, SAB and the Treble Group, club rugby returned to DHL Newlands in fine style and the seven clubs in action did not disappoint on the day as all four finals produced outstanding matches.
The crowd, too, played their part with many of the fans vying for the R30000 worth of prizes and prize money for the best dressed super fan! These winners each walked away with amazing prizes, while the club with the most support, Franschhoek RFC, walked away with a prize to the value of R5000 from SAB.
It was a great day of rugby at DHL Newlands and massive congratulations to Dur-Bell RFC who beat Belhar RFC 20-11 in the Super League A final and ultimately, walking away with the Grand Challenge trophy.
Afterwards, the Rugby Championship Test match between the Springboks and All Blacks were showcased on the Castle Lawns, celebrating the rugby “gees” which was the main winner of the day.
U20 President’s Cup Final:
After a season showcasing the strength of WP Club Rugby’s youth teams, Durbanville-Bellville once again showed their depth sending as their Under-20 side beat False Bay 27-20. False Bay RFC was rewarded with a R1500 cash prize and winners Durb-Bell R3000.
Super League C Final:
The President’s Cup has been an emotional lifeline for some clubs, notably Langa RFC who failed to make promotion this year, but nevertheless contested well during the knockouts. The day at DHL Newlands saw a mighty tussle between log winners Franschhoek RFC and Langa RFC with plenty of running rugby. Franschhoek RFC showed their mettle winning 44-34 and a cash prize of R10000. Langa RFC received a R5000 reward for their efforts.
Super League B Final:
Villager’s have been a dominant force all year, and proved as much with their promotion back into Super League A. After Millerton’s disappointment in the league – ending fourth and missing promotion – they were thrilled to still have the opportunity to challenge for silverware. The first half played out very even with the teams going into half-time deadlocked at 10-10. However, the underdogs, Milnerton RFC led by captain Eddie Theron, came out on top winning 25-15 and, with it, a cash prize of R20000.
Super League A Final (Grand Challenge):
Coach Jan Loubser and captain Alconray Botha were both ecstatic as Durb-Bell won the Super League A Grand Challenge at DHL Newlands. Belhar RFC took the early lead but Durb-Bell clawed their way back into the game going into the break 13-8. The second saw Durb-Bell with a touch more composure and eventually took the title 20-11 along with the R30000 prize money. Belhar received a R15000 bonus for their efforts.