Durbell in the hunt for league title

Own Correspondent

Durbell maintained their challenge for league honours with victory over Primrose.

It was a stop-start affair with the referee’s whistle dominating proceedings. Durbell had the better of the set-pieces, especially lock Waldo Prinsloo in the lineouts, and general play.

Loosehead prop Ashley Kohler also scrummed well.

However, Durbell struggled to finish off their opportunities and wasted a number of easy chances. Flyhalf Janco Gunter tried his best to ignite his backline.

Inside centre Etienne Swarts also ran well. Lock Bashier Dedericks and flank Percival Goliathworked hard up front for Primrose. Fullback Shaheed Green was a threat, especially from counter-attacks. The visitors never had complete control of proceedings.

In each half, they managed to get the scoreboard rolling at the end, when they managed to cross for tries.

Despite some resistance from the homeside, the northern suburbs side proved to be far more powerful.

To their credit, Roses tried every trick in the book but could not unlock their opponents’ defence.

Primrose are now 12th on the 15-team log with eight points, having won one of their six matches – three points above 13th-placed Sir Lowrians and eight above UWC and NNK, who are yet to register points.

Tries: Waldo Prinsloo, Conway Pretorius, Angus Cleophas. Conversions: Raymond Olivier (3). Penalty: Olivier.

* At the Danie Craven Stadium, visitors Tygerberg, who are currently having a stellar season, had to wait until the final 15 minutes before securing this victory over the young Stellenbosch students.

Play was very even up until halftime. The Victorians forwards fought manfully against their bigger opponents, well-led by lock and captain Lourens Fick. He received excellent support from his hard-working flank Michael Claasen.

Tygerberg came back strongly in the second half and gradually took control of proceedings up front.

This was particularly evident when Fick had to leave the field due to an injury.

The Stellenbosch players then seemed to be rudderless. Tygerberg’s captain and No 8 Whalied Heyns became more prominent in general play. His fellow loose forward Dale Wilson impressed with his high work-rate and quickness to the breakdown.

Among the Tygerberg backs, pivot Stuart Jacobs proved to be a proper general with his decision-making. Inside centre Deon Taljaard was always a handful on attack, breaching the defence on numerous occasions. Tygerberg led 15-3 in the 72nd minute, but their dominance eventually bore fruit when they scored another three tries in the final minutes to walk away 30-3 victors.

Penalty: Jonty Bredell.

Tries: Dale Wilson, Whalied Heyns, Stuart Jacobs, Deon Taljaard.

Conversion: Jacobs (2). Penalties: Jacobs (2).

* Elsewhere, Maties were far too good for a hapless Sir Lowrians side, outscoring them by 13 tries to one in their 83-5 romp in their Super League A clash at Sir Lowry’s Pass.

The students, who are still unbeaten this season, were superior in all facets of the game. In the lineout, lock Wilhelm van der Sluys reigned supreme, while in the loose, eighthman Saud Abrahams was prominent with his driving play. The Maties backline were like a well-oiled machine and their wings relished the opportunity to show their pace.

Right wing Willy Smal scored four tries, while left wing Carlton Fortune and replacement Cornel Brown each scored a brace.

Fullback Tiaan Swanepoel was quick to turn defence into attack and was also on target with his goal-kicking, converting nine tries.

For Sir Lowrians, flank Brandon Beukman battled valiantly to stem the maroon tide but received little support, while wing Tervin Britz showed plenty of guts and determination.

– Weekend Argus