WHAT A WEEKEND.
What a great weekend of rugby , no doubt it would have been greater if things had gone our way on Saturday but one cannot but BE PROUD of our performances this weekend.
On Friday , our 5ths got the show on the road & came from 3-10 behind at half time to score two tries in the second half to clinch a fine victory over some seasoned manne in the Goodwood side. Final score 15-10. It was great to see coach Ryan from the 2’s helping out on the field . Well done PB & Footy. We are on track for our best season yet.
The FIFO 4ths had their work cut out against last year’s log winners & fought hard to seal the win at 16-14 - both teams scoring two tries a piece. Well done lads.
The U20 B game was moved to Sat the 28th June so please diarise. It is their second week of no rugby so hoping they will be chomping at the bits when they come against Hamiltons this Friday at the Bay.
There has been a lot of talk around Stellenbosch rugby & how their teams have weakened & they don’t have the depth & numbers as before. Well we can all make excuses , they are still the biggest rugby club in the country so don’t let this fool you. They are still a force to be reckoned with & credit to the teams that put up a great fight on Saturday.
The U20 A side held their counterparts to a low score at half time & a few wasted scoring opportunities could have kept us in the game . Our lads were outscored by 4 tries to 1 with the final score being 12-25. If my memory serves , this being the closest result we have had against the students in a very long time . Hats off to the entire team for their great defence & never-give-up attitude.
Our 3’s who have their sights on winning their league were unlucky in having two key players side-lined for concussion, one before kick-off ( DK ) & the other during the game ( JT ) . Our forwards seemed to dominate but a few poor set pieces took some scoring opportunities away from us. Well done to Dasch for receiving Man of the Match & it was great to see the return of Gerhard ‘’ Trokkie ‘’ Lotter from a week’s absence . What a machine & hope to see him playing higher up in the near future .
The 2’s were maybe their own worst enemies on the day. The coaches will blame the ref who had a different interpretation of playing the ball on the ground which seemed to result in much turn-over ball that led to most of the tries being scored against us, 7 in total to 1. Final score 10-35.
Our 1st team can now feel what the PUKKE squad felt like after being pipped at the post by the weaker team in the VC final. Our players dominated most facets of play. Our line-outs were superb, our scrums held their own, our defence was pretty solid but Slab's stats will reveal all. I must give lots of credit to the coaching team who worked the players hard in the week's prep ( they sweated blood & guts at Crossfit in that week ) & studied the opposition well to devise a game plan to unsettle them.
The team followed instruction & it looked like a game we should not have lost but 8 points left at poles and 2 yellow cards bit us in the end. The club cannot be prouder of their efforts & the team has now shown us what they are capable of.
VD, you have set the bar & we are looking forward to our next encounter on Sat .
PROUD TO BE PART OF THE BAY!