Hungry Lions roar to title

2015-07-14 06:00
The victorious Athlone Hungry Lions team after beating the Elsies River Cobras to claim the u.15 Vuka Rugby Legends Cup, which was handed over to them by former Springbok wing Stefan Terblanche.

The victorious Athlone Hungry Lions team after beating the Elsies River Cobras to claim the u.15 Vuka Rugby Legends Cup, which was handed over to them by former Springbok wing Stefan Terblanche.

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The Athlone Hungry Lions have been crowned this year’s u.15 Vuka Rugby Legends Cup champions after beating the Elsiesrivier Cobras 10-3 in a fierce final at UCT on Saturday.

According to Vuka Rugby’s Ismail Teladia, the morning’s final was an exciting affair.

“This match was very tight with both sets of players giving it everything they had. The added incentive was that the players knew that the match was also part of the Western Province Iqhawe team trials,” he says.

“The tactics of the Cobras were surprising in that they chose to run the ball at every opportunity even within their own 25m area on a number of occasions.”

The wet and slippery conditions under foot did not help the Cobras as the team from Athlone stuck to its guns to come out eventual winners of the contest. Thoubaan Gabriels and Thaakier Kamaar contributed two unconverted tries, with Gabriels going home with the man of the match award.

Ismail says that the WP Iqhawe (u.15) team will be announced shortly and that there were a number of candidates vying in the final.

In the day’s other match, the Atlantis Highlanders contested the u.19 final for the second consecutive year.

They fended off the challenges of Elsies River Cobras to claim the u.19 title they missed out on last year.

They appeared better prepared as they lost last year’s final. They beat the Cobras 25-10.

Former Springbok wing and SA Rugby Legends Association CEO Stefan Terblanche handed over the trophies to the winning teams.


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