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Raithby RU thumps Blakes

Raithby Universals’ vice-like grip on the rugby minds of Blakes Rugby Club and its supporters is now absolute.

For decades these two clubs have set a very high standard of community rugby. But amid this intense rivalry, solid friendships were formed that stood the test of time.

This was again evident in their Northern League clash on Saturday 28 July. RU was in destructive mode and on a rampage, thumping Blakes in a 0-97 victory and running in a whopping 15 tries.

Juan Keet, the top point scorer across all leagues in Western Province for the season, raked up 42 points in the outing — four tries and 11 conversions. Sherwyn Prins, also among the top 10 point scorers, also scored four tries to record his third hat-trick for the season.

“We feel for Blakes,” related RU legend Tyron Williams, “they are our friends and the two clubs share a deep rugby history.

“We don’t regard our victory as boastful, because we found ourselves in the same position last season. But this is a competition and RU desires a spot among the top-three teams to qualify to compete in the promotional Top 9 competition.”

Reduwaan Scheepers, RU second team coach, also needs to be applauded. He is doing an exceptional job with his charges, and they are influential in the success of the club’s first team. “I keep the players in my team fit, healthy and competitive,” Scheepers said. “I prepare them to take up responsibility in the first team at any given time. They are a strong backbone to the plans and structures of the first 15.

RU will face Blue Stars in Klapmuts this Saturday 4 August. Stars are currently in second place on the log and a victory for either team will put immense pressure on the current log leaders, Van der Stel.

Both RU and Stars are playing attractive rugby, so the table is set for a rugby festival.

But with homeground in their favour, Blue Stars seem likely to clinch victory and give Raithby their first defeat of the season.

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