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MC Boys back to big leagues
Kenneth Scheepers tries to fend off the tackle efforts of a Kylemore player as he heads to the try-line during his team’s 46-14 victory in the semi-finals at City Park in Athlone on Saturday.

Macassar Rugby Club has won promotion back to the Super League B following a perfect season with their 46-14 semi-final win over Kylemore at City Park in Athlone on Saturday 29 September.

The half-time score of 17-7 would suggest a much more evenly poised contest, but this wasn’t the case as the MC Boys convincingly outclassed the top Kylemore outfit by running in eight tries to two.

Cheslyn Cyster had a gem of a match; the utility back, playing at full-back for this encounter, crossed the try-line three times to round off a brilliant all-round performance from Macassar. Their other tries were scored by Owen Williams, Samuel Boer, Bradley Daniels, Dylan Jafta and Gurston Cupido. Garth de Bruin, Daniels and Cupido each succeeded with a conversion.

The plan for the MC Boys was to work towards building a solid and fundamentally sound system and processes, to be a force to be reckoned with in the union’s club rugby structures. But this plan came into full effect much earlier than anticipated – just a year after the implementation at the end of the 2016 season. It was the same team, coaches and management led by the visionary and astute chairperson Justin Langeveld, although different processes were put in place.

These processes have enabled Macassar to unlock nearly all their potential and they will be hoping to build on this heading into the 2019 season. There is, however, one more remarkable feat that they will be achieving before planning for next season gets underway – the team will face Busy Bees for the Super League C title at Newlands this coming Saturday.

This means that the club players will have the opportunity to grace the same grounds where some of the country’s best rugby players have played many matches.

“It is a huge honour for me to be leading my side onto Newlands on Saturday,” said Burnodick Julius, captain of Macassar.

“We have worked hard this year and we made massive progress with both coaches and players giving it their all. I am very proud of the boys and I am equally honoured and proud to be captaining such a championship side.”

The MC Boys last tasted promotion in 2005, so this has been long overdue. And with Saturday’s final encounter for the year, Macassar have the chance to finish off the year unbeaten.

The last time these two sides met earlier in the season, Macassar beat Busy Bees 23-3. A memorable weekend awaits the MC Boys – and girls – as they travel to fortress Newlands to cap off a stellar season.

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