Pearson, Westering hold on to beat gallant VP and Muir

Alvin Reeves

PEARSON overcame handling errors and penalty transgressions to beat a spirited Victoria Park 19-8 at the Dave Weinronk fields on Saturday.

Victoria Park were always up against it going into the fixture but they delivered a dogged performance.

But Pearson were too strong up front and it was there that the platform was laid for their three tries.

They dominated the scrums, where lock Bulelani Sulelo was prominent throughout, and when their backs got the ball they looked dangerous, especially flyhalf Michael Alberts and centre Wesley Jones.

Pearson got themselves into good try-scoring positions often during the match but penalties and handling errors as well as the odd turnover cost them.

They opened the scoring in the seventh minute when flank Henko de Jager stole VP lineout ball and forced his way over for a try. Alberts converted.

It took 20 more minutes before the next points were registered and this time it was VP who scored through hooker Daniel Caku-Caku, who crashed over on the blindside from a short lineout a few metres out.

Pearson increased their lead from two points to nine when Jones scored after several phases from his forwards. Alberts converted again to make the score 14-5 at half time.

The score remained like that for the majority of the second half until Pearson left wing Xolisa Rasmeni touched down in the corner after sustained pressure.

VP flyhalf Nathi Ndaza added a penalty shortly before full time.

Westering v Muir

IN Uitenhage, Westering held off a second-half onslaught by Muir to edge the home side 21-19.

It was a game of two halves as Westering took advantage of a strong wind at their backs to run up a 21-5 lead at half time.

Westering got off the mark after 12 minutes when hooker Buntu Ntebe broke blind and passed to cousin and No8 Nkosi Ntebe, who scored. Flyhalf Malfred Damens converted.

They won turnover ball five minutes later and scrumhalf Nathan Augustus broke on the blindside and passed to centre Gary Carlin to score. Damens added the two points.

And only minutes later, Muir dropped the ball while on attack and Westering right wing Siya Dabula picked up the ball and ran 70m to score in the corner. Damens converted.

With half time looming, Muir No8 Luxolo Koza, a standout player on the day, slipped through tackles to score his side’s first points (21-5).

Muir turned with the strong wind at their backs.

Further tries by centre Jonathan dos Santos and Lutho Jibiliza and two conversions by scrumhalf Joel Wates saw them pull back within two points.

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