The 2010 Beeld Trophy final will be a repeat of last year’s, with Waterkloof hosting Monument next Saturday.
Waterkloof were comfortable 52-20 winners over EG Jansen in their semi-final clash in Pretoria on Saturday, while Monument beat Nelspruit 26-23 in Krugersdorp.
The Monument-Nelspruit semi was as not quite as close as the final score suggests – Nelspruit scored a converted try with the last movement of the game to bring them within three points. But Monnas, while they were never quite comfortable, never looked like losing.
Nelspruit were not overawed by the defending champions. They tackled like demons, and although they lost out in the overall possession stakes, they ran straight and hard when they did have the ball and caused the home side a lot of problems.
In the end it was the Monnas forwards who did it for them. Lock James Meecham poached at least six of the Nelspruit lineout throws and eighthman Ruan Steenkamp had a huge game, tying up three or four defenders each time he went on the charge.
Behind them flyhalf Marais Schmidt was at his game-making best, while centre Burger Odendaal put in some telling runs and winger Chad de Klerk was clinical in his finishing – getting two tries.
The other Monument try was scored by Meecham, who was up in support after Steenkamp went on one of his big solo runs. Schmidt kicked three penalties and a conversion.
Nelspruit hooker Mark Pretorius got their first try – which looked a bit dodgy as it came from a quick lineout throw-in when it was clearly Monument’s ball. They got their second on the stroke of half-time when eighthman Khimo van Huysteen dotted down following rolling maul from a lineout.
Scrumhalf Lourens Wiid added a first-half penalty for Nelspruit and kicked another halfway through the second half.
Nelspruit had the final say when flyhalf Bernard van Vuuren latched on to a kick that was hacked through for a try converted by Rudi Niemand.
By Gauteng correspondent