SCHOONSPRUIT RUN RIOT
On the break. Tygerberg centre John-Henry Pienaar (in possession) attempts to carve
his way through the Swartland defence during his team’s 12-13 defeat in
Malmesbury on Saturday 28 July 2018. (photo: J Berto V – No Edit)
What was supposed to be a visit to the meeting of two of this site’s favourite teams, Swartland and Tygerberg, out in Malmesbury had to be shelved on the morning of the game when it turned out that the first team clash was only scheduled to begin at 13:30, which would leave yours truly with far too little time to post all the day's scores.
Fortunately another favourite team, Schoonspruit, were down to play Augsburg Gym from Clanwilliam across town at the Wesbank Grounds. Their kick-off was set for a far more reasonable 12:00.
Two very close age-group games (Schoonspruit won the Under 15 game 17-14; Augsburg Gym, the 2nd XV match 19-17) seemed to be setting the scene for a keenly-contested first team clash.
Unfortunately someone lost the script or just decided to make a whole lot of alterations, all of them to the detriment of the visitors.
To be honest, the eventual outcome wasn’t immediately obvious to anyone; to be brutally honest, all that changed within the first twenty minutes.
Even without regular flyhalf Alberto Damon, Vos de Jager’s team quickly found their feet with the elegant Connor Mahoney, Boland’s Craven Week full-back, pulling the strings at flyhalf. He duly opened the scoring, ghosting through a hesitant defence from thirty metres out and by half-time the score had reached 31-0.
The second half was 35 minutes the visitors would love to forget, the home backs and forwards combining to add another nine tries to canter home 86-0. The destroyers-in-chief were Mahoney and lock Uclaine November, who each bagged three tries, and left wing William Adams and flank Terence Lesch, each of whom dotted down twice. Mahoney’s six conversions added the icing on the cake.
Both sides face tough assignments on the road next week, with Schoonspruit scheduled to visit Porterville and Augsburg Gym heading off to Springbok to take on Namaqualand.
The weekend’s WP premier A results all went pretty well according to form, the only eye-opener being the effectiveness with which Rondebosch managed to exert damage control out at Paul Roos, although a glance at the scoresheet does make one wonder whether the Young Maties weren’t trying out a some new combinations ahead of the Grey College game in a few week’s time.
SACS might even have run Paarl Boys’ High closer than the 10-25 scoreline, had they not committed too many errors for a top-flight team playing its seventeenth match of the year.
Bishops 27-52 defeat at Paarl Gym was by no means a hiding, but one does suspect that the home team were playing slightly within themselves ahead of the Faure Street showdown (or showpiece, depending on whether you’re on the winning side) next Saturday.
Stellenberg reprised the fine form they showed at Rondebosch last week on the Farm, running Boland Landbou close before losing 20-31, while Bellville discovered just how wide the gap between Premier A and Premier B rugby is when Wynberg came to the northern suburbs and left victorious 32-7.
While Durbanville’s 52-0 rout of De Kuilen merely served to emphasise the gulf that exists even within the rather shapeless Premier B league, hosts Strand didn’t go down without a fight against Bertus Enslin’s highly successful DF Malan team who were made to work hard for their 29-17 victory.
In Riversdale Oakdale found the going surprisingly easy against the Wolramme of Marlow, cruising to a 47-3 win, which may well have in part been due to the Cradock side’s exertions in beating St Andrew’s in Grahamstown last Saturday.
Outeniqua’s 22-14 win over Framesby is encouraging for the pride of George, who will be venturing further south than they have for a long time next Saturday when they visit Durbanville for what is looking increasingly like the pick of the weekend’s entertainment.
Langenhoven Gym’s 26-34 defeat away to Montagu was interesting simply because much smaller Langenhoven High of Riversdale had managed to hold the Muscadel Men to a 13-13 draw earlier in the year. Ah, the wonders of being able to play at home !
The Boland feature match saw Swartland continue their good run of form with a tense 13-12 win over Tygerberg, the Malmesbury side having a late penalty by substitute Ethan Diston to thank for their victory.
Hermanus managed to put their civic unrest behind them for the weekend, welcoming Charlie Hofmeyr to Whale Central. It finally gave them the chance to parade SA Schools flyhalf Lionel April, who did not let them down, registering a conversion and four penalties to see his side home 24-12.
High fliers New Orleans (26-12 vs Weston), Hopefield (41-12 vs Vredendal), Porterville (28-12 vs Vredenburg) and tiny Bonnievale (66-0 vs De Villiers Graaff) all maintained their lofty positions on the Team Stats rankings.
The Hopefield result would have been particularly welcome to coach Jean Rossouw ahead of next Saturday’s crunch match against Swartland.
For several years the schools did not compete on an equal footing, but resumed their rivalry in 2016 when the Rockies whacked the locals 69-5, courtesy of four tries by right wing Breyton Henkeman and seven conversions by Anton du Toit.
Last year Hopefield gave a considerably better account of themselves, losing 10-17 in Malmesbury and the men in the dark green with orange hoops are convinced that they will finally pull off a win this time round.
Piketberg found Dirkie Uys quite a handful out in Moorreesburg, having to be content with a 17-12 scoreline, which might calm the nerves a little ahead of the looming interschools with Porterville.
One surprising – but welcome – trend is the improved late form of several schools who have had a very tough 2018. Montana beat HS Hex Vallei 31-3, Labori overcame Stellenbosch 29-22 and Robertson followed up on last week’s win at Stellenbosch by seeing off Overberg 20-16 in Caledon this Saturday.
Too little too late ? Never !