Krugersdorp’s Hoërskool Monument will have six teams at the finals day of the NuPower Tuks competition at LC de Villiers Stadium on Saturday.
That, according to their director of rugby Wynand Moolman, shows that they are on the right track this season.
‘Our 1st XV, U16A and U15A are all in their finals in the A section, while our seconds, U15B and U14B sides will play for the trophies in the B sections,’ he says.
Moolman, who came across to Monument from the Golden Lions Rugby Union, where he was manager of amateur rugby, at the beginning of the year, has been on a bit of a mission to make the game more of a mass participation sport at the school.
‘Monnas has always held its own at 1st and A team levels, but tended to concentrate on those teams only. This year we made a conscious effort to increase the number of teams we field and to provide quality coaching all the way through,’ he says.
‘The performance of our B teams in this competition shows we are succeeding, but as importantly, we are now capable of fielding 18 sides regularly and this will allow us to play the bigger local schools in the future.’
Monument have already arranged a full fixture with St John’s for next season and this, Moolman hopes, will be the start of a new relationship with the local English medium schools.
Monument are the defending champions in the NuPower Tuks competition, so Saturday’s final against Hoërskool Centurion gives them a chance to be the first team to win the ‘Super 16′ title two years in row. They beat Waterkloof 14-3 in the semi-finals last weekend, which took away the bad taste of the 30-16 loss to Paarl Gimnasium the week before.
‘We were outplayed by Paarl Gim, who adapted to the muddy conditions far better than we did,’ says Moolman. ‘Our big forwards were made to run around a bit, which made them ineffective.’
Monument’s only other loss was to Grey College, 26-6, over Easter.
‘We were actually right in that game until deep in the second half,’ Moolman says, ‘but didn’t have the firepower in the backs in the end.’
Defeat at the hands of the No 1 and 2 teams in the land is by no means a disgrace, and the Wit Bulle will be out to prove they are still tops in this part of the country on Saturday.
The first-team final kicks off at 3:30pm