Bragging rights for Langa in derby

Xolani Pere launches an attack for Langa during their 27-0 win against Busy Bees.

Few things, if any, can match the atmosphere of derby day in any sporting code.

A packed Langa stadium was buzzing at the weekend as two local rivals clashed in the second round of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League B.

Langa RFC took on Busy Bees RFC in a game that was not short of entertainment for the spectators.

Langa emerged victorious with a 27-0 scoreline, registering their first win of the season after the opening day loss to Young Peoples.

The scoreline may suggest one thing but does not quite capture the competition dished out by both clubs on the field.

In through derby style, the two Langa teams took the game to their opponents with both sides showing hunger to leave the field with bragging rights.

The crowds at the stadium were split in half, with Langa faithfuls undoubtedly making the most noise as they showed satisfaction with their side’s performance.

On the other side of the stands, Busy Bees’ supporters watched in frustration as their side couldn’t find a way to breach the Langa defence.

Langa made the most of their opportunities whenever they made a visit to their opponents’ half.

For Busy Bees it was not the case as the defensive unit of Langa proved impenetrable on the day.

Despite having one winner on the field of play, it’s fair to say that rugby was the winner of the day as both sets of fans recapped on the day’s proceeding after the game, in the stadium and on the streets of Langa.

Langa deputy chairman Mzukisi Gqadushe says having been out of competitive rugby for such a long time, it was a good feeling to back competing. He says the club does not want to put itself under too much pressure with targets but will look to be as competitive as they possibly can this season.

Langa will be on a long break because of the Easter holidays, and will be hoping that does not stop the momentum they showed in their recent win. Their next match will be against Belhar.

Although he expected a different outcome, Busy Bees’ coach Mckenzi Mckenzie says the season is still a long way and his side will get better as the season goes on.

“We played well but we could have done better but we still have a lot of time to grow.

“We are aiming for top six this season and there is a lot of work we will have to do to achieve that,” said Mckenzie.

The loss for Busy Bees comes at the back of a 43-5 win against Goodwood on the opening day of the season. Next up, Bees will welcome Franschhoek when they return from the Easter break.

Kick off by Axola Snyman after Langa had crossed the line for a try.
Xolani Pere stands strong on defence.
Langa stands strong on defence during the attack by Busy Bees’ Masimdumise January.