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Back You are here: Home Sports Rugby Western Cape Brilliant Bosch Cause Upset & Wynberg Takes Triple Crown
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 23:45

Brilliant Bosch Cause Upset & Wynberg Takes Triple Crown

 

All eyes in the Cape were on the massive Classic Clash between Wynberg and SACS this past weekend, yet somehow this game which initially promised so much, failed miserably to deliver. Across the road however, in a surprisingly more quiet build up, Rondebosch managed to pile even more misery on Bishops' topsy-turvy season with a breathtaking come from behind victory away from home, their first against their biggest rivals in five years. Read More

 

In a match largely overshadowed by the monumental 1st Lions Test and the rival Classic Clash between Wynberg and SACS, the respective 1st XV's of Bishops and Rondebosch walked out onto Bishops' magnificent main field the Piley Rees. With massive home support and with Rondebosch turning in a rather ponderous performance the previous week against Cape juggernauts Wynberg, the home supporters were quietly confident about their chances heading into the game. But this being a derby game, previous results basically get thrown out of the window and all that matters is what the scoreline is after the final whistle is blown.

The home crowd were silenced however even before the 1st XV game took place as the courageous Bosch 2nd and 3rd XV's began laying the platforms for the heroics that were to take place on Campground Road that afternoon.

The Bishops 1st XV were too wise though for the antics of the fanatical "Bosch Army" and started like a house on fire in typical Bishops fashion. Sporting two fantastic Craven Week selections in No. 8 Nizaam Carr and ace flyhalf Sam Lane, the Bishops team sent wave after wave of attack but the Bosch defence held firm and at the break the only thing that separated the two teams was a brace of penalties by Bosch fullback Scott van Breda. Bosch leading 6-0 at halftime with a fanatical home crowd stunned into silence.

After the break however, it seemed that the Bishops' management staff had a few choice words to say as Bishops reduced the lead to 6-3 after 3 minutes, switching into overdrive in all they did. What ensued was a 15 minute titanic struggle reminiscent of a Super 14 match and not a schoolboy game, with an incredible level of intensity, sorely lacking in the Wynberg vs SACS match. It seemed that the Bosch boys were hell-bent on avenging 5 years of misery, however after 18 minutes into the 2nd half, their cheers and gracious optimism were crushed when Bishops went over for a converted breakaway try, sending the home crowd delirious. Bishops leading 10-6.

Bosch captain Chad Matthews was clearly not interested in the history lesson that the Bishops boys were dishing out and rallied his troops for a massive offensive, resulting in a try for flanker Jamie Croeser in the corner, leaving Bosch with a slender 11-10 lead 10 minutes before the final whistle. As if that wasn't enough, his fellow backrower, feisty flanker Michael Aristidou, scored with 5 minutes remaining to put the result beyond doubt, ending the much talked about 5 year drought. Final score 16-10 to Rondebosch.

The Cape's other Classic Clash was, however, over bar the shouting by half-time. While SACS dominated territory and possession, they were no match for the slick handling and skill of the Wynberg backs.

The first 15 minutes of the game summed up the whole match, with SACS really playing behind the gain line, stringing phase after phase together without so much as threatening to break the defensive line. After gaining some possession and kicked downfield eventually resulting in a scrum to Wynberg. Through some exceptionally skillful handling the Wynberg backline sent the ball through the phases before WP Craven Week winger Zingisa Ndiki bashing over for his first of two tries.

An off the ball incident involving SACS hooker Jason Dimio resulted in a penalty to Wynberg. Flyhalf Kieran Goss kicked to the corner and the Wynberg pack decimated the SACS forwards in Springbok fashion with No. 8 Ryan Lok crossing over for Wynberg's second try.

SACS' forwards once again wilted under pressure and Wynberg managed to turn a SACS scrum over resulting in a movement which had even the most ardent SACS supporters attempting to catch their breath, the Wynberg backline eventually sending the ball wide to their one man wrecking machine Zingisa Ndiki scoring his second of the afternoon. With no hope of a conversion from flyhalf Goss in sight, Wynberg went into the break with a 15-0 lead.

Having an afternoon he'd rather forget, SACS flyhalf Michael Mohle botched a clearance kick which landed safely in the hands of Wynberg winger Rameesh Mentor. Some dazzling counter-attacking play ensured Wynberg were camping on the SACS line. A brilliantly worked backline move from a 5-metre scrum saw new fullback Dylan Frylinck dive over for Wynberg's fourth try. Kieran Goss once again missed the conversion and so the score remained 20-0 till the end of the game.

Overall the game was one to forget for both teams. Wynberg's star flyhalf failed miserably with the boot, possibly the reason for his Craven Week exclusion. Some questions do need to be raised as Bishops flyhalf Sam Lane, who is undoubtedly an incredible talent, is the chosen man for the WP Craven Week side even though Kieran Goss completely outplayed him when the two giants faced each other a few weeks ago. An argument for both to be included? Surely has to be so. The WP selectors are most probably salivating at the prospect of arguably the two strongest runners in schoolboy rugby in Bishops' No. 8 Nizaam Carr and Wynberg's winger Zingisa Ndiki both peaking at just the right time, weeks before they turn out in the famous blue and white hoops.

So the post-mortem from the Cape is that Wynberg continue their winning ways, a scary statistic being that they only had four visits to the SACS 22, all resulting in tries. Even though the performance was scrappy to say the least, Wynberg will take the result as this means they ensure a Triple Crown, their first in many a year, while Bishops' season which began as a fairytale is now in danger of falling apart at the seams. Only time will tell what will happen in what is surely one of the most closely contested WP Super Leagues in recent years.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO SIMON HURRY FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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