Despatch on song against Bolanders

Henk Steenkamp and Mkhululi Ndamase

DESPATCH were in hot form on a hot afternoon at their home ground on Saturday as they ran in 10 tries to beat Villagers Worcester 67-23 in their Cell C Community Cup rugby match.

It was soon clear that Despatch would be too strong for the visiting Boland side, dominating possession and giving their backs plenty of attacking opportunities.

Wing Baldwin McBean’s speed was too much for the defenders as he crossed the try line three times.

Loose forwards Bobby Dyer, captain Elroy Ligman and Jaco Swanepoel also had an enjoyable afternoon, running all over the park and having a hand in many of the tries.

Tight head prop Ayanda Nogampula was another star for Despatch, helping himself to two tries. Other tries came from Dyer, Deon Booysen, Elandre Smith, Elcardo Mintoor and Ligman. Ryan Brown added a penalty and seven conversions.

African Bombers v Pretoria Police

AFRICAN Bombers suffered their second loss when Pretoria Police beat them 53-33 at the Zwide Stadium.

The physically imposing visitors made their intentions clear early in the game, leading 10-0 after just three minutes.

However, Xolela Payi hit back with a try of his own, converted by Coyi Banda, who levelled matters with a penalty from close to the halfway line.

Although Police went ahead with an unconverted Michael Nienaber try, Bombers took a 23-15 lead through tries by centre Sizwe Twani and Masixole Screech try, plus a penalty by Banda.

In the second half, Bombers scored tries through Loyiso Bopi and Athenkosi Manentse.

But Police proved too good on the day and ran in four second half tries for a hard-earned win.

Both coaches said they were happy with the way their charges performed.

Police coach Piet Allen said: “It was difficult playing here. They are a good and strong running side. We needed such a game and I don’t think the score was a true reflection of the game.”

Bombers coach Mbuleli Sandi said: “It is not what we expected, they killed us up front. They put a lot of pressure up front and we couldn’t take it, but I don’t blame the boys. We were able to run the ball and score four tries against a good side.”

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