AFTER being deadlocked at 10-10 at halftime, Victoria Park took control in the second half to win their annual schools rugby derby against Westering 37-22 at the weekend. Westering started strongly and took the lead early in the first half with a well-worked try from a lineout when they mauled it over.
VP, however, absorbed the pressure well and regained their composure to make it 10-10 at halftime. In the second half, the home side dominated the set pieces with outstanding efforts from their front row.
Prop Jason Martiens had an outstanding game, continuously breaking Westering’s defensive line and frequently gaining valuable momentum for VP.
The home team’s tries came via hooker and captain Julius Tatana who cut through Westering’s defence to score under the poles.
Vice-captain and centre Bantu Johnson scored two tries, using his pace and nimbleness.
Nathan Augustus was also in good form to cross twice as the home side took control.
Westering’s points came from tries by Dieter Arndt, Malford Damens and Sipho Mdlalose, while Damens added two conversions and a penalty.
VICTORIA Park pupil Winchester Scott confirmed his potential as a hockey player when he was named in the SA under-21 squad following the recent interprovincial in Pretoria.
The 18-year-old Scott has been an outstanding sportsman for VP and his selection for the national squad is an indication of his talent.
Another player to keep the VP flag flying high was former pupil Damian Kimfley, who is now playing for KZN Midlands.
He was also included in the SA squad after being the tournament’s top goal-scorer with 13 goals.
These two players are now in with a chance of being included in the South African u-21 team to take part in the u-21 World Cup, which will be held in New Delhi in India in December.