Kruisfontein Rugby Festival – Bigger and Better!


The Annual Kruisfontein Rugby Festival will take place on saturday 7 November 2015 in Humansdorp. This one day tournament have managed to attract a strong group of teams that play in the EPRU Grandchallenge and Shield competitions. Teams like Trying stars, Gardens and African Bombers will make their debuts at the festival.

Two local Junior teams will open procedings at 8pm before the senior matches start at 9pm.  We have also provided a slot for a legends game just before the final game of the day.

The Festival will be played in a knockout format. Spring Rose RFC is the defending champions having narrowly  beaten Progress in the final last year.

Tournament Director, Elton Juba, had this to say about the festival, “We are planing a media launch and draw for friday 23 October, Representatives of the respected teams and various media houses will be invited to the launch and draw. We are hoping to have Grassroots there too. However we will provide more detail about the launch within the next few days”.

“We have managed to partner with Woodlands Dairy again, who will act as our main sponsor. We also managed to secure the services of South African Breweries (SAB) for the day. We are confident that they will add even more value to the event” said Juba.

We do not charge affiliation fees. Clubs are encouraged to bring their best teams to the festival as R 20 000 is up for grabs. Spectators can expect some really good running games.

Teams should are reminded that all matches will start at scheduled times and failure to arrive on time will result in teams losing points.

Anyone who wants to make contact with me can call me  Elton Juba on 074 619 8223 Or email

Boost for UFH-Lady Blues


The University of Fort Hare Blues Rugby Club has received a major sponsorship from Local Business  H-Solutions for the two seasons.

H-Solutions owner, Mr Collin Heshula,  has taken the responsibility of looking after the Lady Blues team with playing kit and stepout clothing.

“I have noted with interest that female activities in a form of sport were declining and something needed to be done in order to save the talents of young girls. I met with Mr Elliot Fana who is the Head of Rugby at University of Fort Hare and we discussed things at length – and the main thing that he pointed out was lack of investment into female activities by local and well established business institutions” said Heshula.

“We then agreed on improving the identity and image of the players on and off the field hence we came on board. The  first phase of the sponsorship will run for a duration of two years with an option to renew the sponsorship agreement at the end of 2017 rugby season”, concluded Heshula.

To date the Lady Blues has improved a lot and they are already signs that they might be the force that they once were producing Springbok players and Border Players.  They won the plate finals in the recent University Sport South Africa sevens tournament that was held in Venda. They were in pool B with University of Pretoria (Tuks) and Walter Sisulu University (WSU). They played their first game against WSU and they beat them comfortably and lost their second game to Tuks to end second in their pool. They then qualified for the finals of the plate and played Limpompo which they defeted comfortably.

Lady Blues captain,  Lamla Momoti, was very happy with the news. “I seriously grateful to H-Solutions for their support, it just goes to show that our female rugby is growing in this region. I also want to thank Mr Fana and Mr Lange for their assistance in this regard – we know that they are the driving force behind the our progress on sport fields” said Momoti.

Spring rose wins heritage cup again


Port Elizabeth based rugby side, Spring Rose RFC, won the 2015 Nkonkobe National Heritage Rugby Tournament in Alice last sunday for the third time in five years.

The defending champions beat Rusternburg based side, Rusternburg-Lonmin, by a very close score of 22-21 after weathering a late storm from the mine-workers. Thanks to their healthy first haly perfomance where they built a formidable halftime lead of 22-6, because that clipped the wings of the Lonmin boys.

Spring Rose coach, Deon Jordaan, believes their recipe for success lies in their ability to strike a balance between youth and experience in their squad selection.

“We prepared well for this tournament and brought a balance of experience and youth because we knew of its physical demands to the body. Against Lonmin we decided to put our strongest and experienced side which worked for us because they put up a solid lead before we could introduce our youngsters”, boasted Jordaan

“I want to thank my players for a wonderful display throughout the weekend and their ability to put their bodies on the line. They were up against very good sides this year – I mean our semi final match against Bombers was tough, so was our opening match against Young Ideas – so there was no easy team in this tournament”, said Jordaan

Spring rose have now won the Nkonkobe cup a record three times in six years. The only other sides to have won it are Mighty Greens (Rugsternburg), African Bombers (Port Elizabeth) and UFH-Blues (Alice).

In Pool B, local side Ntselamanzi United beat Midlledrift based Hamiltons 16-12 in a thriller of a match where lead changed sides throughout the 80 minutes.

In the end it was the determination and drive of the local side that won them the match. led by ther player-coach, Carlos katywa, and captain, Mzwandile Yalezo, who controlled lineouts and scrums so well.

“We knew we had to look after our first phase ball and make sure we profit from it if we are to win against Hamiltons because they are a very good side. So, all our focus was on ensuring quality set-piece and starve them of the ball and I think that worked well for us”, said Yalezo

“We are happy to have won the cup for the people of Alice as the host of this tournament because they have really come out in numbers to support all matches’, concluded yalezo