October 11, 2012
Eastern Province celebrates Super Rugby inclusion with three provincial finalists
By SANZAR News Service and easternprovincerugby.co.za
This year has been one to savor for Eastern Province and its rugby-mad supporters. 1st the region was given the "all clear" button to compete in Super Rugby in 2013. But more recently the union has been making airwaves on the domestic front as well.
For the 1st time in the union's history all three representative teams will be playing in a final, at home! The u19's had a trouble-some start to their season, but the team has steadily improved under the tutelage of Ryan Felix, so much that they have earned their right to play in the final.
The u21's who's had impressive wins and strung together some more than pleasing performances over the season have marched on relentlessly to the final of the u21 division. Coach, Robbie Kempson, will be pleased that they've managed to tick off one their targets on the "to-achieve-list". Now they need to win their match and then move on with the aim of gaining promotion to the premier division of the u21 section.
The EP Kings have remained the only unbeaten team in the Absa Currie Cup 1st Division and they will be playing against their arch-rivals, the Pumas.
All three teams will be in action on Saturday and people are encouraged to come out in numbers to lend support to what has been an unheralded year of achievement for the Eastern Province Rugby Union. The success and performances of the senior team is being mirrored by those of the junior teams, and this will go a long way to asserting people that this region is blessed with quality players, with the juniors proving that the future looks very healthy and steady.