Carlton League Week 16 - Naka Bulle in good win
In Week 16 of Carlton Rugby only two games were played. Friday evening Centurion beat the students from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) 55-14. Saturday Naka Bulls travelled to Groenkloof and notched up a good win against Harlequins 32-13. UP-Tuks tackled Impala from Rustenburg in a friendly game at home and won 38-22, reports Johanna de Vos.
The TUT/Centurion game was supposed to have been played at the TUT Stadium, but was moved to Centurion who is still settled at position number three on the log. They had an easy game because TUT was rusty and had not played Carlton since Week 11. They were again without their regular inside centre Stanley Twiname, who was injured the previous week during warm-up before their game against Police.
Centurion’s left winger Curtley Brinkhuis, has taken the lead again from Gerrit Engelbrecht with thirteen tries. Although Gerrit scored a try for Tuks against Impala, only Carlton games count here.
In the Harlequins – Naka Bulls game fireworks were predicted, but except for good solid hard rugby, there was no malice on the field. In Round One when these two teams met, Naka Bulls won 17-10, but Harlequins lodged a complaint to the BBRU. On technical grounds Naka Bulls were found guilty and the win was given to Quins 40-0. Naka’s appeal is still pending.
Although Harlequins were ahead 13-7 at halftime, it was still anybody’s game. Unfortunately for them they lost their king-pin fly half Paul Walters after just fifteen minutes in the first half with a knee injury. Changes were then made which surely affected them. Graig van Rooi replaced Paul and also took over the kicking duties. Graig went to play fullback, and fullback Riaan Laidlaw to number ten.
After half time’s team talk Naka came out all fired up and scored four tries. Harlequins tried their best to stop the tide, but Naka’s backline with Anthony Beswick leading from the front, ran full pace towards the try line every chance they got. Final score 32 -13 for the men from the Moot.
Flanker/eight man Dolph Nel (pictured) played his 50th and probably last game for Harlequins Saturday (actually 49 starts and a week ago one off the bench). He is now 36 years old and an engineer by trade.
1998 he started his career as a 20 year old playing wing for Centurion’s first team. He changed clubs quite a lot. The next year 1999 he went to Quins, then later back to Centurion, then to TUT, then Quins again, played a few games for Pumas, then Police and his wish was to end with Quins. 2007 he was honoured as Mr Quin. Played over 200 club games altogether.
Thrice he tasted the champagne from the Carlton Cup - twice with TUT, and once with Police.
Carlton Rugby will be poorer without this popular and likable player who always gave his best on the field, Dolph Nel.
In the friendly game between Tuks and Impala the students had a very good win. At the moment Tuks are on a roll and playing like champions. Off course least we forget they are last year’s Carlton Cup winners and intend doing so again this year.
Centurion 55 (24). Tries: Moray Grobler, Rohann Ströh, Albert Bakker, Robert Boshoff, Steven Moir, Curtley Brinkhuis, JP du Plessis, Nico van den Heever. Conversions: Steven Moir (6). Penalty: Steven Moir.
TUT 14 (14).
Centurion team: JP du Plessis, Phillip van Schalkwyk, Christiaan Burger, Corné Nortjé, Curtley Brinkhuis, Steven Moir, Manny Raposo, Albert Bakker, Stefan Nel ©, Robert Boshoff, Rohann Ströh, Moray Grobler, Paul Jacobs, Kyle Pieterse, Wynand Breytenbach. Replacements: Nico van den Heever, Jeandré Allner, Fano Ntsala, Renier Engelbrecht, Sylvester Booysen, Jacues Olivier, Damien Hogg. Coach Riaan Brand. Manager Danny Botha.
TUT team: Lisa Banzi, Ruan Pienaar, Werner Horn, Edward Oliver, Litha Vamisa, Phillip Snyman, Nico Smuts, Claude Johannes, Wessel Jordaan, Henk Liebenberg, Armand Marshall, Gareth Bredenham, Ricardo Burger, Hamish Herd, Wian van Schalkwyk ©. Replacements: Alfred Khoza, Stanley Modjadji, Albert Lubbe, Shaun de Wet, Shaun Jaards, Chestwin Gaggley, Leroy Afrika. Coaches Hennie Pieterse & James Watt. Manager Nino Oppel.
Seconds: Centurion 26, TUT 20;
Thirds: Not available.
u/21 & u/20: Byes.
Naka Bulls 32 (7). Tries: Mauritz Joubert, Francois de Jonge, Anthony Beswick, Johan Engelbrecht, Marcell Marney. Conversions: Jean Grobler (2), Penalty: Jean Grobler.
Harlequins 13 (13). Try: James Mason. Conversion: Graig van Rooi. Penalties: Graig van Rooi (2).
Naka Bulls team: Francois de Jonge, Deon Fitchet, Alec Mhlanga, Anthony Beswick, Fanie Raseroka, Jean Grobler, Ignick Windvogel, Conrad Potgieter ©, Mauritz Joubert, Lebo Sepuru, Juan van der Westhuizen, Johan Engelbrecht, Lawrence Cleminson, Arno Vosloo, Simon du Plooy. Replacements: Christoff Craill, Johan Buitendag, Ramiro Alzogaray, Stephen Mhembere, Wynand van Zyl, Marcell Marney, Andrew Niemand. Coaches Marinus van der Walt (Dir.), Martin Knoetze, Morné Human. Manager Dries Weideman.
Harlequins team: Riaan “Botter” Laidlaw, Renier Husselman, Johan Grobler, Christo de Jager, Byron Breytenbach, Paul Walters, Alban Kannemeyer, Dolph Nel, James Mason, Jaco Marais ©, Geandré van Schalkwyk, Stefan Page, Riaan Wilbers, Wim Staphorst, Johan Ras. Replacements: Ruan Ernst, Carel Saayman, Machiel de Bruyn, William Leathern, William Parker, Wilhelm Theron, Graig van Rooi. Coaches Gert Mulder, Jan Botha & Fanie Nortjé. Manager Kobie van der Merwe.
Seconds: Harlequins 19 (12), Naka Bulls 14 (0).
Thirds: Harlequins 31, Naka Bulls 19;
u/21: TUT 50, Harlequins 0;
u/20: TUT 17, Harlequins 17.
Top Points Scorers
107 Jean Grobler Centurion & Naka Bulls (31 conversions, 10 penalties, 3 tries)
78 Jacques Rossouw UP-Tuks (35 conversions, 1 penalty, 1 try)
76 Ruan van Loo Police (12 conversions, 4 penalties, 8 tries)
Top Try Scorers
13 Curtley Brinkhuis (Centurion)
12 Gerrit Engelbrecht (Tuks)
8 Dwight Pansegrouw (Tuks)
8 Ruan van Loo (Police)
8 Dewald Potgieter (Eagles)
8 Francois de Jonge (Naka Bulls)
As log stands:
Police 45 league points; Tuks 44; Centurion 43; Naka Bulls 21; Eagles 20; Harlequins 18; TUT 9.
Tuks 38 (21). Tries: Gerrit Engelbrecht, Andries Kruger, Marius Oosthuizen, Marcel Steyn Scholtz. Conversions: Tian Nel (3). Penalties: Tian Nel (4).
Impala 22 (15).
Fixtures for Saturday 4pm
Eagles vs Tuks
TUT vs Police
(Times subject to change)
Fixtures for Thursday 6th Aug.
TUT vs Harlequins
Tuks vs Police
Impala vs Centurion tbc