Not much luck for Border rugby sides



HERE TO DEVELOP: The technical teams of both Border teams, back from left, Asanda Simoyi (coach Border Rural), Ayanda Ndondose (assistant coach), Philisile Khulu (manager Border Rural), Bonisile Panyaza (assistant coach Border Urban), Sipho Metula (coach Border Urban) and, seated from left, Maxwell Levine (manager Border Urban), Fundisile Socam (Border Rugby Union executive member)


Maxwell Levine THE two Border representative sides in the South African Amateur Rugby Championship in George earlier this month failed to ignite the tournament, with Border Urban winning one of their three matches while the rural side lost all three.

Komani was well represented in both teams as Lukhanyo Siyobi, formerly of Breakers but now playing for Swallows, and Nkunku Mbusi of Breakers did duty for the Urban side. Maxwell Levine is the manager of the team. Ayanda Klaas of Shining Stars and Vuyo Ngemtu of Swallows were members of the Rural side.

It was a tough tournament, with Border Urban losing their first match 69-3 against eventual champions Western Province.

The Rural side lost their first match 54-25 against Eastern Province.

The two Border sides met in the second round when the more fancied Urban side won 35-0. Border Rural lost their third match 33-23 against South Western Districts XV.

Border Urban played in the plate final but lost the match after leading 25-24 in a thrilling encounter against EP Rural.

Border Urban was given a penalty deep in their own half and opted to kick for the poles. With the miss, EP counter-attacked and scored in the corner to walk away 29-25 victors.

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