HOSTS Westering ran in five converted tries to beat a game Port Alfred side 35-29 in a schools rugby encounter at the weekend which proved scrappy at times. But Westering, who have struggled this season due to injuries and a loss of players to other schools, embraced the victory with open arms.
It was their first win in the school league this season and it was one for which they needed to fight hard, despite being 28-5 up at the break.
Port Alfred opened the scoring in the second minute when nippy right wing Daniel Nel pounced on a high ball, which Westering defenders allowed to bounce. Nel sped through to score in the corner.
But Westering began to assert themselves. Tries by lock Sitsaba Sonkosi, right wing Shane Thackeray and flyer fullback Irshaad Potgieter (2) handed them the sizeable half time lead.
Port Alfred were not going quietly, though, and soon after the break they scored tries through fullback Donovan Botha and No8 Lithalethu Njube. Port Alfred scrumhalf Eugene Tarentaal set the cat among the pigeons when he darted over to narrow the gap to 28-22 with 20 minutes remaining.
But an error among their backs allowed Sonkosi to pounce on a loose ball to score his second try for Westering. Scrumhalf Malford Damens slotted his fifth conversion to give the home team crucial breathing space at 35-22.
Port Alfred managed a consolation try through loosehead prop JP Barkhuizen and flyhalf Duane Tarentaal slotted his second conversion of the match to narrow the score to 35-29.
Brandwag v Otto
BRANDWAG outscored Otto du Plessis by 11 tries to three in scoring a runaway 73-17 victory in their schools rugby match in Uitenhage at the weekend.
Brandwag captain Elandre van der Merwe scored four of his team’s tries. Flyhalf Malcolm Jaer added a further two tries and kicked 10 out of 11 conversions, despite the strong breeze.
Left wing Juandre Swartz also scored two tries.
For the visitors, flyhalf Wian Swanepoel scored in the first half, while right wing Johndre Swart and scrumhalf Luciano Daniels crossed the tryline during the second half.
Eighth man JD de Ridder converted Daniels’s try.
Brandwag’s other try scorers were prop Erich de Jager, flank Morne Moos and inside centre Elroy Adams. The halftime score was 42-5 to Brandwag.