Kuila send strong message to rivals

Kuils River RFCs Keeno Pietersen looks for support during his sides SLB action against Macassar at the weekend. Kuils River won 50-17.

Kuils River RFC are showing their strength as the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League B (SLB) season enters the halfway mark.

The Kuila had another impressive win at the weekend as they got to the 50-point mark for the second successive game.

They needed a victory at the weekend to ensure they maintain their top spot on the log with Franschhoek keeping on the pressure as the two sides are currently tied at 27 points.

Kuils River top the log by virtue of having a superior points difference. It also works in Kuils River’s favour that their closest rivals for top spot have played a game more than them.

At the weekend, Kuils River had no problem against Macassar at home and ran out 50-27 winners.

The win comes on the back of a 66-17 trashing of the winless Busy Bees a week ago. For a side challenging for league honours, the result against Macassar was just a formality.

Macassar have struggled to get going and find themselves at the bottom half of the table with just one victory.

Franschhoek defeated another top spot challenger, Bellville, 25-22 in a closely contested encounter to ensure Kuils River do not open a gap at the top of the table.

The only blemish to Kuils River’s record this season was in the opening week of the SLB against the same Franschhoek side where they lost 24-29 and have won all five of their matches since.

Kuila will only be in action again on Saturday June 29 and will hope the two-week break does not stop their momentum when they welcome Helderberg.

When they return from the break, Franschhoek would have played two games more than the Kuils River outfit. Franschhoek also have a break this week and return to action next week against Busy Bees.

The game against Helderberg promises to be another test of Kuils River’s character and their eagerness to make the promotional playoffs at the end of the season.

Helderberg have so far won four of their five games and will be looking to challenge for a playoff spot.

After six matches they sit six points behind the table toppers and are the divisions top try scores with 38.

Kuils River are behind them on the try scoring list, with 37.

In other SLB action taking place at the weekend, Hamlets inflicted more misery to the newly promoted Busy Bees in their own backyard as they ran out 26-20 winners.

Hamlets made sure they remain in the mix for teams chasing the playoff spot with their fourth win in five outings.

For Busy Bees, their journey in the SLB has been one to forget having found no success in their first six matches.

Despite remaining the only winless side in the division, they have managed four points and are tied at the foot of the table with Rangers, two behind Young People and Collegians.

Young People had been one of the whipping boys in the division until pulling off an impressive 31-26 win against St George’s in what was the most surprising result of the weekend.

With St George’s being part of the group chasing the play-off spot, they were expected to roll over the Young People side who had lost their opening five matches.

The loss put a dent in their play-off aspirations as it leaves them five points adrift when they could have cut the lead to at least three points.