The rains stayed away just long enough for the boys in green to do their business this weekend. It was great to see all our teams in action
On Friday night , the U20B played against UWC , going down by 1 try to 6 , final score 10-34 . Some hard work needed to get the players back to training as our depth is non-existent at this moment & threatening to be our demise.
The 4ths were eager to get back on the field after a long period of no games & took some time to get back into it the swing of things against Villagers 4th side. Once the shaky start was put behind them , the Bay ran in 4 tries to their 1 finishing the game with final score 24-10 , collecting 5 log points in the process . Well done FIFO’s.
Our 3rd side came against an unbeaten Tygerberg side on Sat. They knew leading up to their game they were going to have their work cut out for them. Tygerberg looked in good form but our 3’s were certainly not going to be out muscled & outplayed by the visitors & our forwards worked hard throughout the game. Once again Namibian import , Gerhard ‘’Trokkie ‘’ Lotter caught the eye with his strong carries & all-round work-rate. When things looked all but over & defeat about to settle in , a costly non clearance by Tygerberg was turned into a beautiful counter attack which saw the ball exchanging hands to see skipper Dasch Barber scoring in the dying seconds to seal the deal. Great comeback & never say die attitude , well done team . Final score 19-15 ( 3 tries – 2 tries ) . Nice to see young Dewaald back on the field , many thought he would be out for the season & we wish Demtri Williams a speedy recovery after he came off after a knock to his neck.
The 2’s really made Tygerberg look good in one of their poorest performances of the season. Both teams scoring 3 tries each with a final score of 22-24 . Somehow we all thought it was a game drawn but a conversion in the first half was not tallied by the match officials after it was reported the kick went astray. Nice to see Justin Fillies back but that wasn’t enough to keep us in front.
The Tygerberg 1st team pack seemed to match ours in size but again , it came down to conditioning that allowed our pack to dominate with the forwards scoring most of the teams tries. The club welcomes Ash Wells , all 127kg of him to the Bay after a stint of playing rugby in France. His first & I think last scrum was something to enjoy when he shoved the opposite tight-head back up his own behind. A short while later he pulled his calf muscle to end his FB debut ( speedy recovery please ) . Another debutant was Vincet Kayster who was playing U20 rugby last year , he came off the bench to relieve Ridhaa Damon in the last 10 minutes. A mention must go to our # 10 , Andri Claasen who might have taken some flak for his kicking percentages. In conditions that were best suited for kite-surfing , he put on one of his best displays so hope his form continues which will be put to the test next weekend by a vocal crowd. Bay ran in 8 tries to Tygers 3 , final score 57-20 .
On the B field , Bossies boys pulled off a good win that made the coaches pretty happy after a few below par outings. Final score 29-16 – 5 tries to 2 .
Our Crocks travelled to Wellington to play in their monthly rugby day, Sat event was kindly hosted at Schalck Burger Senior farm & due to the size of the field , a 10’s format was played. The old toppies won 2 games out of 3 & beating Durbel in one of them .
This Friday , both our Reserve League sides travel to Lansdowne Road to take on the ‘’Filthy Whites’’aka Villagers ( I think they got that name when VD & Slab played there ). Our 4ths play their 5ths ( ex-Shebeen Boys from UCT ) & our 5ths play their 4ths in a double header.
On Sat , the rest of club won’t have far to travel when we take on Primrose in Kenilworth , opposite Kenilworth Centre. ( Marc Davids favourite shopping centre. )
The U20 B side have a bye & the Crocks always need a few weeks to recover.
As far as the weather report goes , you can visit 4 weather sites & not get the same info but the consistent pattern says the skies should be clearing by Friday & we hope this gives the fields enough time to drain & dry out.