A thrilling UJ 2019 koshuis final saw Oppierief narrowly overcome perennial rivals Maqhawe in the UJ Res Rugby final with a 29-26 victory.
The final was played at the UJ Rugby Stadium on Wednesday, 11 September as flyhalf, James Mofokeng scored the winning points by slotting a penalty just outside the 22m. It was an emotional victory for the match winner as Mofokeng had lost his dad a couple of weeks before emerging as the hero.
Oppierief completed an iconic three-peat as they won the title for three consecutive years. They also won the title for a record fifth time and exercised their power and monopoly of UJ Res Rugby.
Maqhawe left the pitch with their heads held high as they put on a consistent performance throughout the season and have been the only team in the league capable of matching the champions' prowess. They were relentless, not just in the final but in the season as a whole. Winger for Maqhawe Maseko was a standout player for his team as he managed to bag a try right after returning from to the sin bin.
However, the much experienced Oppierief sustained that relentless pressure and came out trumps in the final. The cup for Oppierief was deservedly lifted by the stand out player throughout the whole tournament, Oppierief skipper Dwaine Bowls.
This is what the winning captain had to say after the win: “The win is obviously great being our third consecutive koshuis title, we had a tough couple of days preparing for this final and just to bag the win in the dying moments similar to last year's was amazing, I think that's the beauty of koshuis rugby, one moment things are not going your way and the next you get a penalty to seal the victory.”
Bowls also talked about how the win will be appreciated in the corridors back at his residence.
“The win itself is massive in terms of the residence itself, as it's something that brings everyone who resides in Oppierief together and that's what we strive for, building a life-long brotherhood and making memories along the way. We dedicated the final to one of our players James Mofokeng, who had lost his dad a couple of weeks ago and James was our hero slotting over the winning penalty”
The residence from the Kingsway Campus also paid an emotional tribute to their outgoing players who earned their last caps.