Rugby weekend in Langa

2018-08-30 06:01
Jongi Nokwe in his playing days.

Jongi Nokwe in his playing days.

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All roads lead to Langa Stadium on Saturday 1 September for the derby between Langa Rugby F.C and Blue Jets in a Super League C match of the Western Province Rugby Union.

Langa has 32 points on the log from ten games while Blue Jets could only accummulate 19 points from nine games.

Langa is known for their expansive playing style where the ball is doing the work and less contact is made. This is not a surprise as the team is coached by the former Springbok wing Jongi Nokwe.

Blue Jets will be in for a torrid time if Langa is going to use their backline.

In their remaining fixtures, Blue Jets still need to play against Young Stars on Saturday 9 September, Strand United on Saturday 15 September and their neighbour, Busy Bees on Saturday 22 September.

The last club games will be concluded on Saturday 22 September before the Community Cup Competition starts.

Busy Bees were also the team that beat Langa last year but in their previous encounter Langa turned the tables on Busy Bees.

Busy Bees have 33 points on the log from nine games and is in action against Elsies River.

In the City League, Lagunya is lying second on the log with 43 points from 11 matches.

The City League, the Southern League and the Northern League have completed their club fixtures and will now play in the Top Nine Competition where the top three teams in each of the three leagues will compete against each other.

In the City League the qualifiers are Masiphumelele, Silvertree and Police, in the Southern League it is Morning Star, Lagunya and Retreat and in the Northern League it is Raithby-Universals, Blue Stars and Van der Stel-Evergreens.

Warren Edwards, coach of Masiphumelele said they are looking forward to the Top Nine Competition and hopes to be one of the three teams that will be promoted to Super League C.

“We are based in Noordhoek and Masiphumelele is an open club with mostly local players. Players that finish their high schooling from Fish Hoek and surrounds are also part of our team. I don’t have star players but experienced players,” Edwards says.

The club was established in 2011 by Darren Clarke, and according to him the team is still a work in progress.

“The Top Nine Competition is going to be very tough and we can expect to be tested by teams such as Blue Stars, Van der Stel-Evergreens and Raithby-Universals. The latter is the only unbeaten team in the Northern League, followed closely by Van der Stel-Evergreens. Masiphumelele only lost one game against Western Zebras and they are not even in contention for the play-offs,” he said.

Masiphumelele will strive to be in Super League A in five years time to play against teams such as UCT and Maties.

“Imagine what a game between Masiphumelele and Maties would be for the local community. We set our goals and will do our utmost best to achieve them,” Edwards said.

The draw for the fixtures in the Top Nine Competition will be done on Monday at Newlands.


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