Langa beat the odds to take SLC crown

Durbanville-Bellville lock Stephan Potgieter evades a tackle during his sides 36-7 victory over UCT at City Park last week.

Langa RFC have secured a place in Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League B (SLB). 

They didn’t just win promotion but were crowned Super League C champions after beating Scottsdene Central 26-14 in the final at Newlands, last week.

They went into the final having already secured their place in the SLB and now join Busy Bees, who they will be sharing the rugby field with.

What is particularly good about Langa’s promotion is that it comes hot on the heals of Busy Bees’ promotion a season ago.

Langa finished fourth on the SLC log and started their play-off chase in the quarter finals. They seemingly saved their best performances for when it counted the most as their championship win came at the expense of three sides who finished above them on the log.

In Super League A action, Durbanville-Bellville (Durbel) taught the students a massive lesson en route to the championship final at Newlands last week.

Durbel beat UCT in the SLA semi-final, rolling past them 36-7 to book their spot in the final against Maties.

Few would have bet against Maties, but Durbel were in no mood to let the students have it their way, beating them 22-13 to take the SLA crown. In fact, the student sides would have been expected to find a way past Durbel judging by the regular season records.

But Durbel had saved enough in the tank to pull off impressive results right when it mattered the most.

Durbel had won 10 of their games in regular season while Maties went undefeated and UCT only had one loss to their name.

In Super League B, it was Kuils River who emerged victorious against Hamlets to take the championship.

The two sides will now be sharing the pitch with the likes of Durbel next season.

Victorians and Primrose are the two sides from the SLA being replaced by the newcomers.

Victorians pulled out of the league, Primrose finished in 15th place.

Durbel’s neighbours, Bellville, lost out in their chase for a spot in the SLA next season at the final hurdle, losing to NTK who finished 14th in the SLA.

Bellville had lost the semi-final against Kuils River but gave themselves another shot by winning a third place play-off against St George’s.

But NTK proved too big of a task for the SLB side, easily winning that encounter to remain in the SLA while Bellville will have another go at promotion next season.