Langa promoted to Super League

2019-09-26 06:00
The team of Langa celebrating at Newlands Stadium after they were promoted to Super League B when they beat Scottsdene-Central by 26-14.

The team of Langa celebrating at Newlands Stadium after they were promoted to Super League B when they beat Scottsdene-Central by 26-14.

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Langa Rugby Club always new that they deserve to be in Super League B and this dream was achieved on Tuesday 24 September when they beat Scottsdene-Central by 26-14 at Newlands Stadium.

This win means that Langa was promoted to Super League B next year.

“It’s a big achievement for the young players in the club whose ages range from 25 to 30. We always remind them that in their lifetime at the club they must achieve something, and that is exactly what they did,” said Mzoxolo Kutta, chairman of the club.

“To be honest, we always knew that we deserve to be in Super League B. This year we had everything at our disposal in terms of the right coach, the right players and a capable executive. Last year we were always unlucky in the outcome of our matches,” he said.

According to him their downfall last year was that they could not pick players to align with the capabilities and skills that they needed to be a force to be reckoned with in the competition.

“Luckily we received a sponsorship from the Lotto and we used that to strengthen the team and put everything in place to improve on last year’s performance.

“Our biggest challenge going forward is to get a sponsor. This year all expenses were out of our own pockets. We could see the impact the Lotto this year but we have to secure our own sponsor as soon as possible,” Kutta said.

He said that all the teams that played in Super League C this year were tough.

“Our club started in 2002 and ever since the club’s establishment any opponent playing against us, was out to beat us.

“There is a saying among teams that Langa and Langa Stadium are the graveyards of teams. It is the club’s philosophy that no one must leave Langa with a win. It is a culture now,” he chuckled.

Langa has a strong brand of rugby and if he can single out a team that gave them a run for their money this year, it was their opponents in the final, namely Scottsdene Central.

“We were ready to play against Hands & Heart, also from Kraaifontein, but due to a disciplinary hearing not being finalised and referees refusing to handle matches where Hands & Heart are involved until the problem was solved, we had to shift our focus.

“We were disappointed to not play against them but focused to do to Scotssdene what we intended doing to Hands & Heart.

“Scottsdene was one of the tricky teams that we competed against this year. The success of the club is due to a group of players who play and work for each other. Our fullback Phaphama Dyantyi surprised friend and foe and was exceptional and the key player,” Kutta said.

Sipho Mgobozi, player and spokesperson of the club, said in the past they lost crucial games in the league which led Langa to miss out on the Top 6 playoffs, or they lose in the first round of the playoffs.

“Everyone is over the moon about this achievement. It has been a season of hard work on and off the field to ensure we achieve our set goal of winning the league and gaining promotion.

“On Tuesday 24 September we just enjoyed the moment with everyone involved. A few bottles were popped and we are in the process of planning a proper end of year function to recognise everyone involved and say thank you for their efforts this year,” he said.

According to him there are no star players at the club and believes that every player contributes to the success of the team.

“This contribution was seen throughout the season and everyone worked well on the field to achieve the goal.

“Our goals for 2020 is player recruitment, to attract sponsors to assist with the daily operations of the club and gain experience in Super League B and maintain our status in that league,” Mgobozi said.

The celebrations are currently on hold as the club is preparing for the WP Score 7s that kicks off on Saturday 12 October until Saturday 12 November.


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