Van der Meuwe wins Grand Final with St Albans Centurions

RUDIE van der Meuwe completed his best Rugby League season yet by helping St Albans Centurions thrash Coventry Bears 56-4 in Sunday’s Conference Premier Grand Final.

Van der Meuwe scored an unbelievable try that saw him sprint the whole length of the field to bring up the rampant Centurions’ 50th point.

The triumph, the club’s second in four years, capped off a great campaign which has seen him the Wisbech-based star play for his adopted country and finish as St Albans top try-scorer.

He said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic as before the game we expected it to be quite close and we went behind quite early on.

“It showed how good we have been this year and at the end of the game a Coventry player who I played with for Great Britain said we simply blew them away.

“It’s a great way to end the season and our coach, Shane Rampling, said it’s the best Centurions side he’s ever worked with.

“We play the game for our own pleasure so I’m immensely proud of everything I’ve achieved this year personally but I’m so delighted for everyone at St Albans.”

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