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Bumper rugby day for City as KRC face last hurdle to Super League title

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There will be three rugby matches being contested at the KRC headquarters, with the first game kicking off at noon.

File Photo. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

A bumper day of rugby and plenty of entertainment for all is on the cards at Vleissentraal park tomorrow when the long-awaited Kimberley Super League Final between the undefeated Kimberley Rugby Club (KRC) and Sishen Rugby Club kicks off.

The gates will be open from 11am and entrance is R20 per person, but there’s also 100 free tickets for adults and the youngsters to the Backyard Adventure where they can enjoy the afternoon even if their interests are not totally rugby-related.

But good news for the hardened rugby supporters is that there will be three rugby matches being contested at the KRC headquarters, with the first game kicking off at noon.

Two schools semi-finals will whet spectators’ appetites before the Super League Final between the hosts and Sishen Rugby Club; the last time such a final was played in Kimberley was around 15 years ago.

In tomorrow’s first match happening at noon, Victoria West Primary take on Warrenton Primary, followed by Keimoes High who come up against Kimberley Boys’ High at 1.30pm; these games should provide plenty of entertainment to warm up the crowd for the big match kicking off at 4pm.

KRC are riding a wave of good results and their confidence should be sky high; they have had some runaway wins during the last few matches in the league, twice beating Upington United. Early in July they beat Upington 38-17, and again more recently they hammered the same team 83-3 in the semi-final 83-3.

Other big wins by tomorrow’s hosts were when they hammered Upington Dorp 92-21 and flogged a hapless Postmasburg 102-nil,

KRC head coach Pieter Streak is a man of few words, but his team knows that he demands results. The coach knows that their good run all season will mean nothing if they fall at the final hurdle tomorrow against a very strong Sishen team.

Speaking to the DFA yesterday Streak said that they have no desire to ease off their intensity. “We will be looking to finish the season on a high in an effort to repay the club management for their great support throughout the season,” he said. “We are sure this will be a tough and real bruising game against a team who has won the finals over the last couple of years .

“Yet we will be sticking to our game plan and will improve on our basic skills from last weekend.”

Meanwhile, assistant and backline coach Jaco Barendse also spoke to the DFA and said that the hosts have to be wary in the final against a team that knows how to win big matches.

“Sishen have won the league for the last few seasons and will not easily give up the title. We have prepared well and know what to expect from them. When we have, and keep, possession we are very dangerous, so we need to minimise mistakes by not giving the ball away too easily.

“All the players in the team, from 1-15 as well as the reserves from 16-22 will have to step up and do what is expected of them. Since 2006 when I started playing at the club and even now as part of the coaching staff, this is one of the best group of players that has been at this club. And that includes the second team,” he added.

“We have used more than 30 players in the Super League this season and this shows the depth we have, and says a lot about where the club is going. If this group can stay together next season, we can improve further and become much better.”

The KRC management as well as the players made a point of thanking all their faithful supporters as well as their generous sponsors for standing with the team throughout the season, as well as previous seasons, through the good and bad times they experienced together.

KRC Team (15-1): Michael O’Niell, Sergull van Niekerk, Dian Dry, Wayne vd Walt, Brendan le Roux, Jos Malherbe, JP Roets, André Boshoff, Ceagan van der Linde, Willie van Aswegen, Lehan Muller, Jonathan Adendorf, Ernst Wepener, Byron Booysen and Francois du Plessis. Bench: Stephan Steyn, Charl Vlok, Leon Karremaker, Zian Gerritz, Warren Hart, Delyne Matthews, Phurnal Swartz/Cornel Witbooi.