It was the fair result, it was the right result, the CB Legends have been the class of the series throughout the spring season and they lived up to their name on finals day but they had to work for it being put under pressure like we hadn't seen in the regular season.
The day started routinely for the men in red with easy victories over the Caprice sides, both game, both more than capable but ultimately struggled to contain the speed, fitness and understanding the CB Legends have and just when the opposition look like they are getting a foothold in the sand the game turns and boys are metaphorically back under the posts.
The Husk All-Stars have shown glimpses of their 'six-down' prowess throughout the season and they came into finals themselves without a loss on their record but in not such a free wheeling way that the legends have.
Having not played one another in the regular season, it was the game everyone had been waiting for in the Cup Round Robin on Sunday morning and it lived up to it's billing, the Husk boys attacked and attacked but CB repelled each wave as they have done so often this season. Eventually the Husk boys broke the defensive line though with a brilliant bit of skill and Legends found themselves behind for the first time all season.
Brent McDougall who has skipper his side so well all season led the men in red back with Nick Aitken proving to be lightning on the sand for a big man. It was the Legends turn to attack but Husk held on until the last play where the pressure told and the Legends dived over to save their unbeaten record and draw the game knowing they would meet again in the final.
In the plate, Turner, Carter and Reaper inspired the Inbetweeners to the final with a much stronger performance than we have seen in the recent weeks. They would meet the surprise package of the day in Flying Fish. The SAB Miller boys had not won a game all season and at times looked a little lost for ideas on the sand. Sunday proved to be a change, finally opening their account with a good win over the Switch Members & Players before finding their straps in the final to reverse the result from the group stages against the Inbetweeners.
With the Flying Fish chill-out garden packed with spectators and roaring their boys home, the SAB boys won themselves tickets to the Cape Town 7s amongst other prizes.
With that we were set for the final with the Legends once again taking on the Husk All-Stars and it was another close affair, each team repelling the other and coming back the other way but unlike the group match, the CB Legends always had the upper hand in terms of territory and pinned the Husk guys back in their own half with or without the ball and in the longer final ( 7 mins each way) the superior fitness began to tell as the finally broke the deadlocked and then used ball possession as best form of defence to seal the title with a 1.0 scoreline.
Captain Brent said afterwards "With our youngest player being 28 and our oldest double that of 56 we are very proud to come away victorious. Our social training sessions in the week give us that bit of experience on the sand"
Beach Rugby Series founder, Tom Burwell said "CB Legends are deserved winners but the quality on finals day was great and Husk will be back alongside new teams to fight the Legends for the title in the summer season"
At the end of season party at Caprice following the events on the Beach. The following were awarded prizes for their skill on the beach this season.
Most Manicured - Jaudy Malan/Warren Hill
Slowest Man in Sand - Josh Sarembock
Keenest Men on the Series - Sarembock/Kaplan
Hustlers - Flying Fish
CIPLA Nutrition Beach Rugby Series MVP - Nick Aitken
Switch Impact Player of the Season - Brent McDougall
Summer Season kicks off on October 27th and we still have spaces available for teams. Contact us on Mat.Turner@ur7s.com for more details
TO THE BEACH!