EG Jansen Marches To the Final “Net Net”



EG Jansen 34 - 31 Waterkloof

Nobody expected that Waterkloof will be a threat to EG Jansen. Let alone be in front on the score board for the first 68 minutes of the game. Waterkloof surprised with their game plan, moving the ball wide whenever possible. 

Waterkloof was the first to put points on the score board after a penalty was converted by their flyhalf Ulrich Maritz. Ulrich was one of the stand out players for Waterkloof. He showed that he can control a game with ball in hand and an educated boot and was instrumental in Waterkloof's exciting game plan.

Seven minutes later PJ Krige (11) scored the first try for Waterkloof. The conversion was missed by Ulrich Maritz. The spectators from EG Jansen as well as the players insisted that PJ Krige stepped on the white wash and that the try was not legal. Waterkloof leading 8 - 0 

EG Jansen scored a beautiful try after some excellent handling form its backs resulting in a unconverted try by their full back Franco van Eeden. After twenty minutes Waterkloof leads 8 - 5.

Ulrich Maritz may have left his kicking boots at home but made up by his brilliance with ball in hand. he scores Waterkloof's second try but failed to convert. Waterkloof leads 13 - 5 after 25 minutes. 

Both teams showing their willingness to run with the ball. Sometimes forgetting about defense. Five minutes before half time EG Jansen's wing, Quinton Beatle(14) scores a beautiful try which was converted. Waterkloof leads 13 - 12. 

From the kick off Waterkloof attacked. After the ball was handed by several players Duhann Gunter(15) went over for a try. Ulrich Maritz again failed to converts and see Waterkloof leading 18 - 12 at half time. 

The exhausted crowd got a well deserved chance to sit down and relax. The game being played at a fast pace with Waterkloof just edging EG Jansen at this stage. The names of Werner Fourie(2) and Ginter Smuts(9) must be mentioned at this stage. Both boys is supplying the fire for EG Jansen to keep in touch with Waterkloof.

The second half started off in the same manner the first half was played. Withing 3 minutes saw PJ Krugell going over for Waterkloof and converted. Waterkloof seemingly in control now leading 25 - 12.

EG Jansen refusing to be overwhelmed scored two quick tries, 4 minutes apart, by Franco van Eeden(15) and Dylan Engelbrecht (7) narrowing the gap to just one point. Waterkloof leading 25 - 24.

Ulrich Maritz's penalty covertion gave Waterkloof a lead of 28 - 24 with twenty minutes remaining. It was clearly visible that both teams left their all on the field and did not have much left in reserve. Although everyone was giving their all, the tempo of the match was slowing down rapidly.

A further penalty by Waterkloof saw them leading 31 - 24 , with 10 minutes left on the clock. Smiles was to be seen on most of Waterkloof's supporters. With the reserves bringing some tempo with them EG Jansen scored a try with seven minutes remaining on the clock. Ruben Beytel's try was again not converted but saw the points gap narrowed to 31 - 29 and all to play for.

With to minutes left on the clock replacement wing Franklin Wagner(23) scored a try in the corner. Franklin who made his first appearance for EG Jansen after a injury break, stepped on the white wash before scoring. This was missed by the line judge as well as the ref. EG Jansen the victors with 34 - 31.

A very exciting game with a game plan becoming the norm in this competition. A lot of running with no or little defense.