Tries aplenty in week three of Carlton League
27 April 2012

Due to the long weekend, matches for week three was forwarded to Wednesday-night and UP-Tuks, Centurion, Police and Naka Bulls all walked away with bonus points for four or more tries.

There were tries aplenty and again the unfortunate opponents were Silver Valke, Harlequins, TUT and Oostelike Eagles, who themselves could not score four tries for a bonus points, writes Johanna de Vos.

UP-Tuks 40, Silver Valke 0.

UP-Tuks were supposed to play the Silver Valke at Silverton. Tuks’ managment was informed on Tuesday (a day before kick-off) by the Silver Valke that it was impossible for them to play the three games (First, Second and Third teams) in less than a week. They suffered injuries when they played Police the previous Saturday and needed time to recuperate. Thus they sent points and Tuks 1, Tuks Fezelas and Tuks Pumas all got 40-0 by default.

I am sure that all three Tuks’ teams would have wanted to play rather than getting points. No team wants to win by default.

Police 59, TUT 0.

Police was like a run-a-way train when they hit TUT in their own backyard. The visitors dominated the whole game and halftime was already a white-wash score (40-0). This was the second game that TUT got zero points. (Week 1 Centurion 66, TUT 0)

TUT will have to do something quickly to rectify this urgent matter.

In the game Bobbies dived over for nine tries of which Gerhard du Preez scored a hat-trick, Hendrik van der Nest two and Heinrich Rademeyer (back from the East Rand Valke) also two. Dillon Laubscher converted six of the tries and Ruan van Loo one conversion against his old team.

Gerhard du Preez, who is an outstanding flank and out of this world, is the top try-scorer in the Carlton Competition so far.

One try in week 1 – two tries in week two - three tries in week 3 – how many next?

There is still light in the tunnel for TUT. Their u.21 team has won all three their encounters against Centurion, Harlequins and Police. At least one team is flying the TUT-flag.

Centurion 41, Harlequins 12.

Centurion travelled to Groenkloof to play Harlequins. Although the final score looks like a walk-over it was not the case. Harlequins put up a good fight and had several missed opportunaties. Reliable kickers were also a problem for Quins. Four missed kicks by two players and only Ruan Nel, scrum-half, succeeded with a conversion.

Quins first got onto the score-board fifteen minutes after the break, with a try by the hooker Gert van Schalkwyk. In the last minutes of the game replacement centre Byron Anderson scored their second try.

Centurion was ahead at halftime (13-0) with two tries in the bag. Renier Wiessener, their fly-half missed the two conversions, but his first kick a penalty was over. Second-half Centurion scored four tries, two conversions by Renier and two by Francois Senekal (full-back), who took over the kicking duty when Renier was replaced.

The Pietersen brothers, Niell and Cornel, who both play wing for Centurion, showed pace and scored a try each. Niell is seven years older than Cornel.

Naka Bulls 52, Oostelike Eagles 16.

Naka Bulls played Oostelike Eagles at their base, Die Wilgers Hoërskool. The hosts were still in it at halftime (24-16, after four tries by Naka Bulls) the hosts were still in with a chance. By then they had also scored one try by Anro Meyer, converted and two penalties kicked by Thys Smith.

Oostelike Eagles are slowly becoming used to this higher standard of opposition than they were used to in the First League which they dominated last year. After this game they are rookies no more.

The next forty minutes Naka Bulls ran in four converted tries. Of their total of eight tries, their brilliant right wing Phillip Mulder scored a hat-trick. Two tries in the last five minutes by the visitors caught the Oostelike Eagles off-guard.

SA Rugby have decided that this year’s Club Champs in Rustenburg from 15-21 September is for open clubs only.

In the Varsity Cup the universities got the exposure. Now it’s time for our clubs to fight it out for the top open club to go to Rustenburg. Next week the top two clubs on the log is meeting each other at Centurion. Hold on to your seats for this game.

Top Try-scorers

6 Gerhard du Preez-Police
4 GD Kotzee-Tuks
4 Phillip Mulder-Naka Bulls
3 Niell Pieterse-Centurion
3 Sylvester Booysen-Centurion
3 Ryno Coetzee-Centurion

Most Points:

35 Braam Pretorius-Naka Bulls (10 conv. 5 pen.)
32 Dillon Laubscher-Police (13 conv. 2 pen.)
32 Renier Wiessener-Centurion (10 conv. 4 pen.)
31 Cameron Dunlop-Tuks (7 conv. 4 pen. 1 try)

Fixtures for Saturday 16h00 (4pm) 5 May 2012.

TUT vs UP-Tuks
Centurion vs Police
Naka Bulls vs Harlequins
Oostelike Eagles vs Silver Valke

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