The Blue Bulls Deaf team were crowned the inaugural Stones Cup champions in Bloemfontein on Saturday after cruising through their three pool rounds unbeaten, scoring an impressive 187 points in the process.
The Western Province Thunder Deaf finished the competition in second place, with their counterparts, Western Province Cyclones Deaf, coming in third, and the SA Deaf Invitational XV fourth.
The Blue Bulls Deaf side were in fine form from the outset last Saturday, 30 March, as they registered a comprehensive 45-12 victory against the Western Province Thunder Deaf, and they built on this as the tournament progressed to rack up a big 71-7 victory against the Western Province Cyclones Deaf and a 71-0 win against the SA Invitational Deaf XV on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
These impressive results saw them top the log table at the end of the competition with a full house of points and a remarkable 29 tries.
Blue Bulls Deaf centre Leon Willemans proved to be a points’ machine for the Pretoria team as he scored a memorable 11 tries and added 18 conversions for a personal tally of 91 points during the tournament.
The top players in the competition over the three rounds were named in a Stones Cup Star Squad, and it was no surprise that Willemans was included in the midfield.
Stones Cup star squad:
15. Quinten Erasmus (Blue Bulls Deaf)
14. Nkhumbeni Nkhumbeleni (Blue Bulls Deaf)
13. Leon Willemans (Blue Bulls Deaf)
12. Patrick Molotshwa ((Blue Bulls Deaf – captain)
11. Gregory Adelaar (WP Thunder Deaf)
10. Marnus Markus (Blue Bulls Deaf)
9. Mondray Markus (WP Thunder Deaf)
8. Chestlyn Tities (Blue Bulls Deaf)
7. André du Toit (Blue Bulls Deaf)
6. Enrico Abramhams (WP Thunder Deaf – vice-captain)
5. Sam Mothapo (Blue Bulls Deaf)
4. Soyilie Ali Tom (WP Thunder Deaf)
3. André Gomez (WP Thunder Deaf)
2. Justin Plaatjies (Blue Bulls Deaf)
1. Dennis Conroy (Blue Bulls Deaf)
16. Daniel Yiko (WP Thunder Deaf)
17. Marius Badenhorst (Blue Bulls Deaf)
18. Paul Klopper (WP Thunder Deaf)
19. Nicholas Wilson (WP Thunder Deaf)
20. Marchello Koopman (WP Thunder Deaf)
21. Franco Louw (SA Deaf Invitational XV – Cheetahs)
22. Sibisiso Ntsila (SA Deaf Invitational XV – Border)
23. John Pyper (WP Cyclones Deaf)
Stones Cup results:
Saturday 30 March, Sentraal High School:
Blue Bulls Deaf 45-12 WP Thunder Deaf
SA Deaf Invitational XV 12-15 WP Cyclones Deaf
Wednesday 3 April, Bobbies Park:
SA Deaf Invitational XV 18-27 WP Thunder Deaf
WP Cyclones Deaf 7-71 Blue Bulls Deaf
Friday 5 April, Bobbies Park:
WP Thunder Deaf 26-0 WP Cyclones Deaf
Saturday 06 April, Toyota Stadium:
SA Invitational Deaf XV 0-71 Blue Bulls Deaf