Two Very Close Shaves But No Surprise


Brackenfell hosted DF Malan and won as expected with 30-5, Drostdy HTS returned to their winning ways beating Hugenote 54-24 in their first home game in three weeks. Worcester Gym hosted the high-flying Charlie Hofmeyer and against expectations have beaten their visitors 26-17 but Hermanus did what was expected from them and won against Bredasdorp 57-12.

Paarl Gim came from a surprise loss, 19-22 against SACS last weekend to beat the Platinum Blues, Rondebosch 44-24. One wouldn’t have thought that both teams faced enforced changes.  Dré Engelbrecht had a very satisfactory outing deputising for Ryno Beukes in Gym’s second row, while Ross Doyle looked quite at home at loose-head for the Platinum Blues. Although George Spencer was arguably the pick of the home side, even if he tended to go it alone to the extent that he sometimes baffled his own support players as much as his opponents, Goodwin, Kenny and Norton all showed plenty of class. It was also a pleasure to see James Ipser having the confidence to join the line, in the process creating several fine attacking options. Analyses of Gym’s performances always tend to revolve around Martins, Ludick and du Plessis, but the exemplary foraging, reminiscent at times of former WP icon Boland Coetzee, of flank Corné “Coach” Uys, the Man of the Match, contributed as much as anyone to this deserved victory. Notwithstanding the wind, this match provided a fitting climax to a wonderful day’s rugby.

Nobody gave Oakdale much of a chance against Boishaai but they did not disappoint their adoring spectators by forcing the no1 1stXV team in the country Boishaai to dig where the did not have to until Saturday eventually going down 31-36. According to a match official, Boishaai knew they did not deserve to win this one but their character pulled them through.

Paul Roos got their act together after some critique was expressed at this side. They won at the end with a big margin against Rondebosch 52-15, whose season is falling apart losing 6 from their last 7 matches. Boland Landbou had to dig very deep to win against a Stellenberg 35-34, who is staking an ever increasing claim to be upgraded Premier "A" status. SACS show no mercy against a struggling Durbanville beating the home team 100-0. Durbanville losing their last 4 matches, all with big margins against Brackenfell 17-84, Bishops 14-72, Tygerberg 24-41 and SACS 0-100.

For all the fixtures and results for the week ending 04 June 2017 click here.