Monument, the undisputed top dogs of Krugersdorp will make their shortest away trip of the year, a 5km journey to meet their flying under the radar steady progress makers town neighbours Noordheuwel.
This Virsekerbeker Cup Krugersdorp derby will be a Kyknet televised match on Saturday 01 June 2019.
Well-known on the national stage, Monnas have been raking up the silverware on offer. Most recently that success has been under the guidance of teacher and head coach Tjaart van der Walt (Garsfontein old boy), who in his own capacity has the last four Virsekerbeker premier titles in a row (Monnas in 2017-2018, Garsfontein 2015-2016).
In spite of injuries to a few key players, the Witbulle will have a combined total of 13 representatives at Craven Week and Academy Week 2019.
Noordheuwel heads into the match as the bottom 1st XV in the VB Cup. The season has been far from a failure though. Expected to be the whipping boys at the start, the Nories’ guts and determination has reflected in the score-lines thus far. The Krugersdorp derby will be a massive test for them through.
Although they don’t have the illustrious history of Monnas, of late Noordheuwel have been climbing the ranks. In 2016 they were a Beeld “Large Schools” league contender. A year later they were in the “Macro Schools” B-division. They won that league in 2017 and were meant to play in the Lions-Leopards-Valke top division in 2018. Virsekerbeker organisers then rearranged the whole setup ahead of the 2018 season. This meant Noordheuwel had to complete in the newly created VB Plate competition. As overall winners of that new league in 2018, they qualified to play in this year’s VB Cup against many of the best rugby schools in the Noordvaal. They have also captured the NWU Pukke Prestige title in 2019.
Through his efforts Springs old boy and Nories head coach Rocky Truter has forged out a useful school coaching CV for himself. Before arriving in Krugersdorp in 2016, he had a good run at Die Anker as the Valke school went from Beeld “Medium School” up to “Macro Schools” during that five year spell. Encouraging for the Noordheuwel support base is that he displays an aspiration to see his team settle in amongst its present company and go on to develop the school’s own rugby brand not just in the Wesrand or Noordvaal regions but across the entire country.
Results between Monument and Noordheuwel over the years: