The KwaZulu-Natal Wildebeest on Friday took top honours at the Southern Sub-Union tournament in Margate in style as they produced a scintillating performance to finish the competition on a memorable note.
The KZN side entered the final against Eastern Province high on confidence following their emphatic 63-0 victory against Griquas on Wednesday, and they managed to transfer that onto the field in the final.
Such was the high quality of their performance they outplayed Eastern Province 41-12 thanks to a balanced effort on attack and defence.
Boland also finished the tournament on a high as they powered their way to a convincing 82-16 victory to win the plate final.
In the other matches SWD defeated Border 41-28 and Western Province thumped Griquas 48-3.
Southern Sub-Union final results:
WP 48 – 3 Griquas
SWD 41 – 28 Border
Boland 82 – 16 Free State (Plate Final)
KZN Wildebeest XV 41 – 12 Eastern Province
•The KwaZulu-Natal Duikers on Friday held their nerve to grind out a 29-26 victory against Griquas in Kimberley to reclaim the Central Amateur Provincial Competition title.
With the team being crowned the 2011 champions, while the 2012 competition was rained out, this win effectively means that the side has won back-to-back titles. The win also rounded off a fantastic weekend for the province as the KZN Wildebeest claimed the Southern-Sub Union title in Margate.
The final was tense from the start as both teams gave their all and scored two converted tries to add to a string of penalties, which kept the scoreboard ticking. In the end it was a single penalty that separated the sides on the scoreboard, as the KZN Duikers kicked five penalties to only four by the home team.
The Griffons Rural, meanwhile, won the plate final as they worked their way to a 39-17 victory against KZN Rural.
The Griffons Rural started the clash strongly and played their way to a 19-3 half time lead, which they built on in the second half to secure the victory and a total of six tries.
In the other matches Griquas Rural beat Free State Rural 46-22 and Free State Central defeated Griffons Central 43-12.
Central Amateur Provincial Championship final results
Free State Central 43 – 12 Griffons Central
Griquas Rural 46 – 22 Free State Rural
Griffons Rural 39 – 17 KZN Rural (Plate final)
KZN Duikers 29 – 26 Griquas