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Back You are here: Home Sports Rugby Western Cape Plucky Boland Landbou shows the Cape how to play
Monday, 18 May 2009 12:46

Plucky Boland Landbou shows the Cape how to play

The past weekend was stormy, rainy and down right depressing here in the Cape. We were looking forward to the Sharks vs Bulls game about as much as root canal work and for our beloved Stormers it was, in the shadow of the massive Sharks vs Bulls game, a rather inconspicuous end to a paltry season of Super 14 rugby.
The respective 1st XV coaches of Wynberg, Paarl Boys, SACS, Bishops, Rondebosch Boys and Paul Roos decided it would be a better idea to watch the Stormers play rather than proceed with their fixtures. Yes, the weather was THAT bad.

If you went a little further down the road, however, just off the R44 to be precise, things could not be more different as Boland Landbou (that’s Boland Agricultural to the KZN chaps) recorded a massive triumph over powerhouse rugby school Paarl Gym on Saturday.

It was a game naturally dictated by the conditions as Boland Landbou won a key toss and chose to play with a strong wind behind their backs in the first half. The Boland team benefited tremendously and kept the mighty “Gimmies” pinned in their own half of the field for the majority of the first half. The incessant pressure resulted in two converted tries by centre Werner Joubert and winger Ian Loots only for Gym to hit back with an unconverted try by Christiaan Smit. Boland leading 14-5 into half-time.

As was expected Gym came back with a bang in the 2nd half pressurising the Boland tryline constantly. The pressure eventually paid dividends with Christiaan Smit crossing over for his 2nd try with William van Wyk slotting the conversion to set up a mouth-watering, nail-biting last 15 minutes. The Gym pack, inspired by the score, hit the Boland players hard pressing for winning points in any form. What transpired was a Herculean defensive effort as the Boland pack held out for a gritty, hard fought 14-12 victory, sending the home crowd delirious.  

The Boland tight five controlled the game magnificently, constantly disrupting the Paarl Gym set pieces. A lesson to all forwards: No matter how good the opposition backline, they are powerless without clean ball. Clean ball comes from set pieces such as lineouts and scrums. Disrupting them means that the backline is constantly trying to clean up dirty ball, putting themselves under pressure and naturally making mistakes. Controlling the set pieces and playing with heart and passion was the winning formula for Boland Landbou over the weekend.

The win places Boland Landbou’s season back on track after a disappointing 19-15 loss to Bishops last week. Paarl Gym will have to go back to the drawing board with two losses in a row. A high scoring defeat against old rivals Paul Roos (47-36) last week did not do their confidence any good and their fanatical fans will be baying for blood against SACS in Paarl this Saturday.

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