Regular season in Western Province club rugby is now a thing of the past.
And what a season it was at the top of the log where False Bay were crowned champions for the first time since 1972.
Defending champions Maties were knocked off their perch, having held the title since 2012, with the last non- varsity team before this season that won the league being Hamiltons back in 2009.
Again, we saw the influence of too much rugby being played as Maties started a late run of matches which saw them finish second in the end.
This is something the hierarchy at Western Province Rugby Union will have to address.
The Varsity Cup and other university tournaments shouldn’t have such a big influence on the league.
We also witnessed the return of Tygerberg as a powerhouse this year.
The team has transformed a lot under coach Ricky Petersen and while fifth place isn’t exactly first prize, they should be pleased with their performances this year.
Brackenfell, meanwhile, emerged as a team that shouldn’t be underestimated and barked with the big boys after winning promotion from the Super League B at the end of last season.
Under the guidance of coach Johann Kotze, they have shown that teamwork trumps individual talent.
Brackenfell didn’t have the stars that other teams had, but their systems were in place and watching them, they looked like a well-oiled machine.
Finishing ninth in the league is not really the biggest of achievements, but considering that they would have probably entered the season wishing to avoid relegation it was a job well done.
The reality remains: the Super League A is way too big.
WP Rugby should seriously consider a return to a 10-team format that will see teams play each other home and away.
Let’s take Primrose, who finished in 13th place, as an example. Of the 14 games they played, they only won two and finished with 13 log points. Coach Mpho Mbiyozo’s side had a negative points difference of 381, meaning they averaged a points difference of 27 in every defeat.
We’ve also seen a few scores of 100-plus this season.
If you take 10th-place Belhar as another example, you’ll see that they were far more competitive, finishing the season with a negative points difference of just 19 and also having won six matches.
Fact is, despite Primrose’s poor season, they still had two teams that did worse — Kuilsrivier and Sir Lowrians.
So guys, seriously, start looking at less teams and more action.