Three great club matches highlights Carlton
Last Saturday was a good day for club rugby in Pretoria and the Carlton Leagues writes Johanna de Vos.
An excellent game was played between Centurion and Tuks which ended in a draw. At the TUT Stadium there was a real battle between the home side and Oostelike Eagles which the latter won. Pretoria Police got the bogey off their back when they beat Rustenburg Impala in a friendly encounter at home.
Literally in the shadow of the Gauteng Railway line two of the top club sides in the Carlton Competition, Centurion and Tuks locked horns in a nail-biting game. The game ended in 36-36 draw. After the game residing referee Ben Crouse (one of the BBRU’s top referees) said he was impressed with the quality of the rugby played by both teams.
Although Tuks scored five tries to the three of Centurion, the home side had territorial advantage most of the time. This was definitely to their advantage when they had to kick for poles. Their forwards were very good where the students on the other hand had a dangerous back line. The three tries the backline scored were long distance tries. Tuks’ hooker kicker Jan Enslin succeeded with five of his six kicks.
Centurion again rested their top fly half Jean Grobler on the bench in view of the Under 21 National Competition which starts the 11th July. The Limpopo Blue Bulls u21 will be selected from the Carlton u20’s and u21’s. This decision somewhat backfired when their stand-in fly half Steven Moir missed three penalties. Inside centre Stanley Twiname, also a fly half, took over. He missed only one of his seven goal kicks.
The game between TUT and Oostelike Eagles was arbitrated by a visiting New Zealand referee. The last 25 minutes the lights went out (load shedding) but the referee decided play must continue. If it was a Cricket match the decision would have been “Bad light stops play”. TUT made a few changes to their team with promising results. They got a bonus point from losing within seven points. The Eagles went home satisfied with their five points.
Pretoria Police were very happy when they eventually beat the 2015 Community Cup Runners-up Rustenburg Impala 26-22. Four points were more than the one and two points they lost to Impala this year. They also outscored Impala four tries to three. Bobbies new hooker Robey Leibrandt got a double.
Centurion 36 (10). Tries: Curtley Brinkhuis, Phillip van Schalkwyk, Albert Bakker.
Conversions: Stanley Twiname (2), Steven Moir. Penalties: Stanley Twiname (4), Steven Moir.
Tuks 36 (17). Tries: Frederik Eksteen (2), Abri Reynolds, Max Calitz, Lourens Pretorius. Conversions: Jan Enslin (4). Penalty: Jan Enslin.
Centurion team: JP du Plessis, Curtley Brinkhuis, Christiaan Burger, Stanley Twiname, Phillip van Schalkwyk, Steven Moir, Jacques Olivier ©, Tristan Slabbert, Robert Boshoff, Albert Bakker, Rohann Ströh, Stefan Nel, Juan Pike, Kyle Pieterse, Wynand Breytenbach. Replacements: Nico van den Heever, Paul Jacobs, Erik Coetzee, Louis Barnard, Jeandré Allner, Izak Scholtz, Jean Grobler. Coach Riaan Brand. Manager Danny Botha.
Tuks team: Riaan Britz, Abri Reynolds, Max Calitz, Lourens Pretorius, Keanan van Wyk, Marcel Steyn Scholtz, Emile Temperman ©, Gerrit Engelbrecht, Pieter Griesel, Frederik Eksteen, Pieter Janse van Vuren, Rudolph Smith, Neethling Fouché, Jan Enslin, Justin Forwood. Replacements: Theuns Reynolds, Du Toit Genis, Daniel Hart, Buzwe Mpotulo, Jerome Bastick, Ganfried May, Primo Ncube. Coach Pote Human. Manager Morris Gilbert.
Seconds: Tuks Fezelas 56, Centurion 0;
Thirds: Tuks Pumas 36, Centurion 9;
Oostelike Eagles 34 (17). Tries: Pieter Killian, Barnie Boonzaaier, André Potgieter, Franco van Eeden, Dewald Potgieter. Conversions: Duval Smith (3). Penalty: Deon Anderson.
TUT 27 (20). Tries: Wessel Jordaan, Edwin Oliver, Phillip Snyman. Conversions: Phillip Snyman (3). Penalties: Phillip Snyman (2).
Eagles team: Dewald Potgieter, Corné Gerber, Dean Gordon, Dean van Heteren, Flippie Volschenk, Duval Smith, Rhwane Pienaar, Franco van Eeden, André Potgieter, Jan-Hendrik Bosman, Talante Mathebula, Gunter Geyer, Ollie de Wit, Banie Boonzaaier, Pieter Killian. Replacements: Christo Gerber, Peter Bredell, Leon Groenewald, Gerhard Jordaan, Deon Anderson, Stefan Conradie, Desmond Fourie.Coaches Johan du Toit & Ludwicke van Deventer. Managers Hans van den Berg & Ronnie Anderson.
TUT team: Shaun Jaards, Leroy Afrika, Lisa Banzi, Edwin Oliver, Chestwin Gaffley, Phillip Snyman, Nico Smuts, Claude Johannes, Mandla Mdaka, Henk Liebenberg, Armand Marshall, Albert Lubbe, Ricardo Burger, Alfred Khoza, Wian van Schalkwyk ©. Replacements: Wessel Jordaan, Ryan Sim, Jaco van Staden, Shaun de Wet, Lewies van Deventer, Ian Truter, Ryan Pienaar. Coaches Hennie Pieterse & James Watt. Manager Nino Oppel.
Seconds: TUT 16, Oostelike Eagles 8;
Thirds: Oostelike Eagles 31, TUT 7;
u/21: TUT 54, Centurion 12;
u/20: Oostelike Eagles 49, Dragons 12.
Police 26 (7). Tries: Robey Leibrandt (2), Hannes Ludik, Wynand de Sousa. Conversions: Mich Pienaar (3).
Impala 22 (7). Tries, 2 conversions, 1 penalty. Scorers not available
Police team: Gaybrin Smith, Ruan van Loo, Heinrich Rademeyer, Wynand de Sousa, Pieter Strydom, Mich Pienaar, Hendrik van der Nest, Gerhard du Preez, Patrick Mathe, Ian van Deventer, Nico Luus, Tinus van Wyk, Rayno Wasserman, Robey Leibrandt, Hannes Ludik. Replacements: Tinus Hoffman, Carl Fabian, Johannes Mothepe, Jerry Sefoko, Pieter Botha, Nkosi Xolani, Marius Janse van Rensburg. Coaches Naas Rossouw & Corrie Prinsloo. Manager Japie van der Ryst.
Seconds: Police 40, Impala 12;
Thirds: Police 43, Impala 17.
u/21 Tuks Jongspan 54, Police 12;
u/20: Police 14, Tuks 9.
Fixtures for Saturday:
Police vs Oostelike Eagles;
Tuks vs Naka Bulls;
Centurion vs Harlequins.
(Subject to change)
Byes: TUT and Impala.