Langa RFC finish strong

Langa RFC's Xolani Pere skips past a tackle during their Super League C clash against Kylemore in Langa.

Going into their clash, both teams were still in the running to play in the promotion/relegation play-off match against Macassar, who finished third from bottom in Super League B.

Franschhoek RFC were also contenders for the third place spot on the SLC log, but they had to overcome Masiphumelele.

For Kylemore it was simple, beat Langa and play Macassar for promotion; but for Langa, they needed Masiphumelele to do them a favour and beat Franschhoek United.

In the end, Franschhoek’s 38-11 victory saw them finish third, followed by Langa and Kylemore.

Langa fly-half Siyabonga Ngcaba was the difference between the two sides in the first half, converting two penalties, giving them a 6-0 lead at the break.

The visitors recorded the first points in the second half when Ernst Hendricks went over the try line to reduce the deficit by one point.

However, Langa ran in three tries to take the game away from their opponents.

Kylemore’s hooker, Lesley Beyers, had the final say of the game, scoring a consolation try for his side.

Langa coach Wandisile Myokwana said his side played superbly in both attack and defence.

“This was a real team effort. The game started on a high tempo and the main thing we did in the first half was to defend as Kylemore came hard at us.

“But we made sure to resist and hold onto that pressure.

“We came back well in the second half to score three tries,” he said.

Langa had a good season, finishing fourth, with 10 wins, three defeats and one draw.

They ended with 48 points, 11 points behind champions Rangers, from Surrey Estate.

Myokwana believes this was one of his side’s best seasons.

“We beat big teams such as Paarl who finished the league in second place and Raithby Universal who were in Super League B last year.

“Other positives were that we lost by less than five points against Rangers and Franschhoek United,” he said.

Myokwana said team depth played a major role this year and is one of the things he will be working on during the off season.

“We don’t have a lot of depth, so when first team players get injured I don’t have the same guy at the same level to replace him.

“Most importantly, the team spirit made us the team who we are and we learnt something new every day.

“Winning or losing, we never lost hope,” he said.

Langa will host the same opponents in the President’s Cup quarter-finals, on Saturday, which is a competition for the top six teams in SLC.

The top two teams in the league qualify for the semi-finals.

Myokwana said Kylemore is not an easy team to beat because they play quick and good running rugby.

“We cannot play the same strategy that we used this week.

“We need to analyse the video to see were their weaknesses are and strategise. The main goal is to win this competition,” he said.

* In other SLC action, Rangers beat Paarl 39-31 to be crowned SLC champions, Hamediehs beat Blue Jets 37-25, Raithby Universals beat Scottsdene Central 17-10 and Young Stars beat Silverleaf 20-0.