16a match report against Paarl Gim
A nice victory, but I think a disappointing attacking performance. The strength of the game yesterday lay in our defence and the amount of tackles the boys made, particularly man of the match, Tom Robinson. Our lineouts were good, but struggled to find the jumper, which doesn’t help. So that is something we will work on, but I was happy with the jumper and the lifters. This team still has a lot to learn in terms of game management. We had a nice breeze at our backs in the second half, but hardly used that to our advantage, opting to run almost everything. When we did kick, it wasn’t the best of kicks either.
The second half started poorly after being awarded a scrum on the halfway after the kick off failed to travel 10m, only to give away a free kick. Two penalties followed this against us. Paarl Gim decided to run the one and made a handling error and the other they kicked for touch, only to also miss their jumper so we could clear our lines.
Our first try came from an attacking lineout 5m from the try line, which they contested but the scrumhalf couldn’t field the ball and Nishen Naidoo dived on the ball for the try. After converting the try, Jordy Hop also converted a penalty taking us to a 10 nil lead. SACS then started to play some rugby and were running freely at times. SACS then scored one more try through a tap penalty pod move, sending Nishen Naidoo over the line. Jordy Hop converted. Final score 17 – 0 to SACS
Tries: Nichen Naidoo (2)
Conversions: Jordy Hop (2)
Penalties: Jordy Hop (1)