A SUCCESSFUL penalty kick under severe pressure by Keagan Bouwer secured Westering a last-gasp 20-19 victory over Kirkwood in a tight and exciting schoolboy rugby match played at Westering on Saturday.
With time up on the referee’s watch and Westering trailing 19-17, the flyhalf lined the penalty attempt up midway out, judged the strong cross-wind to perfection and bisected the uprights, much to the delight of his teammates and home supporters.
It was heartbreak for Kirkwood, who had been impressive throughout the match and dominated portions of the first and second halves.
Bouwer opened the scoring in the eighth minute by slotting his first penalty. But Kirkwood’s strong-running No8 and captain Tiaan Erasmus scored after a good run five minutes later. Flyhalf Clinton Mbonda made no mistake with the conversion.
The lead swapped hands again as the teams traded blow for blow. This time it was Westering centre Lyle Draghoender who timed his run to perfection, breaking the Kirkwood defensive line to score Westering’s try of the match. Bouwer converted.
But it would be the visitors who would take a slender 12-10 lead into the break after centre George Gouza scored in the corner.
Kirkwood made the more impressive start to the second half but Westering weathered the storm until their right wing Shane Thackwray touched down and Bouwer converted.
However, the visitors were not about to give up and Erasmus scored his second try when he ran through almost untouched. Mbonda added the two points.
That try came with 20 minutes remaining in the match and Kirkwood may have been forgiven for thinking they had done enough to clinch the game. But their last-minute transgression and the accurate boot of Bouwer from just outside their 22m area and to the right, would seal their fate.
Framesby v DP
THE Framesby rugby side had to work hard for victory at home on Saturday, beating Daniel Pienaar of Uitenhage 22-13.
The Port Elizabeth side made better use of their opportunities and scored three tries to one.
Daniel Pienaar were their own worst enemies. The visitors had enough possession to win this match but spilt numerous scoring chances with poor handling, taking the wrong options or slipping tackles at crucial times.
Framesby were always ready to pounce on those mistakes and seemed to turn the pressure on at the right moments when there was a lack of concentration in the DP side.
A key period in the match was when DP’s big loosehead prop Lumpumlo Mguca received a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
At that stage in the first half, DP were leading 3-0, but Framesby scored 10 points, including their first try by strong centre Malan Marais, before Mguca returned.
This gave Framesby momentum. Framesby led 10-6 at half-time and scored first in the second half when centre Tiaan Louwrens went over in the corner after a nice line break by flyhalf Tiaan Stander.
With the score 15-6 it looked as if Framesby could take charge, but DP came back strongly with Mguca scoring a try.
That gave DP some hope, but they could not cut down those unforced errors and fullback Jacques Oosthuizen, who had a fine game, ran in the home side’s third try to seal the victory.
It was not the best school match you will see this year with a lot of handling mistakes, poor tactical kicking and decision-making, but both sides played with passion and the result was in the balance till late in the match.
Wikus van Rooyen (lock) worked very hard in the Framesby pack and for DP, flank Jean Smal impressed with his work rate and solid line-out work. – Alvin Reeves