Cape Town – Maties retained their top spot
in the standings with a convincing win over Pukke, scoring six tries for the bonus point win
at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Monday afternoon.
According to the Rugby365 website, the team from Stellenbosch took the lead in the 14th minute
when fullback Craig Barry eased through a gap in the Pukke defence to
Pukke got a try of their own a few minutes later when Malherbe Swart went over.
However, it was all Maties after that with two nine-point
tries from Edwill van der Merwe and Paul Streicher giving the Cape side a
Maties captain Beyers de Villiers got on the score sheet as well and the Stellenbosch side led 32-5 at the break.
Pukke was the first to score in the second half through a try by
flyhalf Bernhard Janse van Rensburg, but that was before Barry kicked a
loose ball to regather and score a seven-point try.
With 20 minutes left, the Maties had a 35-point lead after flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg added a few more points with some penalties.
Although they had a big lead, there was no let up from the Maties as
their backline made light work of the Pukke defence.
Another swift move
saw Duncan Saal’s name added to the list of try scorers late in the
Player That Rocks: Craig Barry (Maties)
Nine-point tries: Edwill van der Merwe, Paul Streicher
Seven-point tries: Craig Barry, Duncan Saal
Five-point tries: Craig Barry, Beyers de Villiers
Conversions: Ernst Stapelberg (4)
Penalties: Stapelberg (2)
Five-point tries: Malherbe Swart,
Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Conversion: Rhyno Smith
15 Craig Barry, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Paul Streicher, 12 Braam
Venter, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Remu Malan, 8 Kobus van
Wyk, 7 Janco Venter, 6 Beyers de Villiers, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Ian
Groenewald, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Freddie Kirsten, 1 Niel Oelofse
Replacements: 16 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Johan
Momsen, 19 Saud Abrahams, 20 Bjorn Bernardo, 21 Christopher Smith, 22 Brandon
Asher-Wood, 23 JE van der Merwe
Smith, 14 Nkululeko Mcuma, 13 Sylvian Mahuza, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Dean Stokes,
10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Malherbe Swart, 8 Marno Redelinghuys, 7
Jeandre Rudolph, 6 Jaco Jordaan, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Loftus Morrison, 3
Bartholomeus Le Roux, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Johan Smith
Replacements: 16 Louis
Van der Westhuizen, 17 Mashudu Mafela, 18 Christiaan Liebenberg, 19 Gideon van
der Merwe, 20 Kurshwill Williams, 21 AK Nela, 22 Elden Schoeman, 23 Mogau