Silver Valke wins for the first time in Carlton Cup league
06 May 2012

Silver Valke had to wait for almost a month, but they finally scored their first win the Carlton Cup competition by beating Oostelike Eagles, writes Johanna de Vos.

Week four of the Carlton Competition started Friday-night with only one game, and that was in the Moot between Naka Bulls and Harlequins. Naka Bulls won 49-28.

This was a game of converted tries. Naka Bulls scored seven tries and Quins four tries. Both kickers, Braam Pretorius (Naka Bulls) and Ruan Nel (Harlequins) succeeded with all their kicks. The latter also dived over for two tries to make him with his contribution of 18 points the top scorer of the week-end.

At halftime (35-7) the game was already in the bag for Naka Bulls. The second half they lifted their foot off the pedal at regular intervals, which gave the ever present opposition the chance to break through and dive over for three tries. A feather in the cap for Harlequins is that they won the second half (21-14).

Towards the end both teams were over-eager and that lead to many handling mistakes.

The three other games were played Saturday-afternoon.

In all these games the visitors beat their hosts.

UP-Tuks beat TUT (Tswane University of Technology) 66-6, Police beat Centurion 23-10 and Silver Valke beat Oostelike Eagles 18-15.

Tukkies ran riot at TUT (but of a different kind) by scoring ten tries of which eight were converted by Cameron Dunlop. Johann Tromp scored a hat-trick of tries, Hayden Groepes and Kurt Haupt two each. At halftime (47-6) they were well in front. Last time these two teams met was at the Varsity Cup where Tuks also walked away winners 40-0. Tuks-Fezelas (85-12), Tuks-Pumas (54-14) and Tuks u.21 Jongspan (31-9) also romped home with good wins.

This clash between the two top sides on the log was the main attraction of the weekend.

After a soft try by Police in the first half, Centurion lost their way. Although they tried they found it difficult to recover. This came about when a kick by Centurion’s No 9 Janco Breytenbach was charged down near the try-line by Police’s blond centre Pieter Strydom. He caught the ball and scored.

Centurion’s fly-half and regular kicker Renier Wiessener, left his kicking boots at home when he missed three penalties right in the beginning. The kicking duties were handed over to their full-back Francois Senekal who kicked a penalty before halftime (3-13).

The Bobbies flank and the top try scorer of the competition Gerhard du Preez could not add a try to his total of six tries, but “added” a yellow card instead. He made a dangerous tackle on Janco Breytenbach and this is where Centurion’s penalty came from.

The spectators were treated to a magnificent monster kick of between 60-65 metres by Ruan van Loo, who plays right wing for Police. He also scored their second try by dashing half across the field to dot down. What a run! What a try! He was definitely man of the match.

Centurion ended the game with great play and a big drive by the big Mike Brand who hails from Vereeniging. He came on as a replacement for injured lock Stefan Nel.

Centurion has the terrible misfortune of having their stadium light stolen regularly. Under about one-and-a half metres of concrete the cables get pulled out. I remember in the past it also happened at Pretoria and the Silver Valke Rugby Clubs. Players have to practise with their car-lights on.

Centurion can’t host night games. Week 2 they played Oostelike Eagles at Loftus B and C fields.

The match between Silver Valke and Oostelike Eagles was the battle of the birds.

Silver Valke from Silverton, flew east to Die Wilgers Hoërskool where Oostelike Eagles have their nest. Silver Valke went there for their first win, and got it. Valke out-chirped the Eagles with two tries to nil.

The Eagles from the East has a wing with the name of Thys Smith. This wing can kick!!!! He kicked five penalties – and that brought them within seven points, to obtain a bonus point.

Oostelike Eagles Seconds and u.21 won their games, and the Thirds drew their game.

See full results in the Afrikaans section or under ALL RUGBY>CLUBS>RESULTS of this website.


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

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