The unbeaten run continued last night for the A1s, as they took on the much-maligned VICS outfit under the shadow of the Danie Craven Stand in Stellenbosch. The final score being 27-3
The game began at a brisk pace, but seem the nerves as well as a damp ball contributed to some uncharacteristic handling errors from both sides. A penalty a piece from both flyhalves saw the score at 3 all ten minutes into the game. At this point an attempted stab through from VICS, only managed to bounce up kindly for Trent Jenkinson, who sauntered over to increase the score to 10-3. Vics continued to mount some pressure, as they were willing to kick the corners whilst UCT chose the more high-risk approach of running it at al costs. Some excellent scramble defence ensured the score remained at 10 3 despite some missed first-time tackles in the UCT backline. Then from a lineout in the UCT half, the inimitable Scott Watermeyer made a line break, that he seemingly did not want to end. But in unselfish fashion he offloaded and Gregg Mallett was able to show his wheels as he ran in the second try of the evening. Once again, VICS spent some time in UCT territory , only for another turnover to take place, and the ball got to Jannie Bester in quick time. He then showed his true gas to chip his opposite number and re gather to score in the corner. A happy man he was!24 3 up at half time, despite spending long periiods of time in our own half.
A re-focus and quiet whisper in the ear of skipper Mallett about the importance of territory from the coaching staff, and UCT began brightly. Unfortunately, despite their best attempts, UCT were unable to add another try in the second stanza, as the game never managed to reach any great heights. The second half was typified more by dogged defence than attacking brilliance, but it didn’t appear that VICS would be able to come back. A further penalty was added to take the score up to 27 3, and then on the final whistle, Doug Mallett broke the line cleanly, only to attempt a pass inside 2 metres from the line which didn’t find the hands of the early-tackled Richard Stewart. Bonus Point denied, but still a fantastic result and credit must go to all involved. Well done to Dale Taylor for his man-of the-match performance, and may the wins keep rolling in!!
Tries: Jenkinson,Mallett G, Bester
Team: Winter, Bruinders, Evans, Jenkinson,Bester, Mallett (C), Watermeyer, Mallett,Macdonald, Setlaba,Horne, Esterhuyse,Paul, Page, Taylor
subs:Botha,Christie,Brukman, Van Lierde, Farrar,Njongwe, Stewart