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Drostdy exacts revenge in Worcester

By Willem Louw , in Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-05-13 Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

HTS Drostdy | (Photo provided)

HTS Drostdy had to sweat to weather a spirited Hoërskool Durbanville on Saturday, but cool heads and a last-minute try allowed the hosts to snatch victory at Trappespark and avenge a big defeat in 2023.

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Last year, the Durbies beat Drostdy 61-3 in a one-sided match in Durbanville, but it was clear that this time around it was going to be a tough, physical battle from the start.

Both teams came out swinging, but it took nearly 20 minutes before the Donkeys opened the scoring through Bernedict George.

The only other points in the first half of the game came from the boots of the two inside centres, with Tobie Roelofse opening the visitors’ scoring before Juandre Ungerer reestablished Drostdy’s lead.

Roelofse struck again, just after halftime, to get the Durbies to within two points before they gained the ascendency for the first time when Tiaan Kearns burst over for their opening try.

The hosts hit back, with a well-rehearsed set-piece move enabling Darius Venter to level the scores once more.

A yellow card broke the home team’s momentum and Durbanville exploited every opportunity they received to gain the upper hand again but, even with 14 men, the Drostdy attack made inroads on the scoreboard after a powerful carry by Daniel Mellet for their third five-pointer.

Fullback Dale Martin showed just how dangerous the Durbies can be in a bit of space with a sensational try. With only seven minutes left to play, the visitors held a 23-18 lead.

With two minutes to go, to the delight of the Worcester faithful, Hareld Mbuqa dived over for a try, and Josh Fourie sealed a cherished victory with the conversion.

The Donkeys did well to keep themselves within striking range throughout the contest, and they were rewarded with a hard-fought win, but the Durbies will be able to take many positives from their narrow defeat.

On the coming weekend, they take on their rivals in the northern suburbs, Hoërskool Brackenfell. It promises to be another exciting clash.

HTS Drostdy will enjoy a well-deserved break on the weekend before welcoming Hoërskool Swartland on 25 May.

Hoërskool Brackenfell edged out Hoërskool Strand, 19-15, thanks to tries by Wade Fortuin, Ntsikayomzi Njongonkulu and Migile Carlse, and the accuracy of their flyhalf, Alldrick Johnson.

Milnerton continued their dominant run of form, overpowering Parel Vallei 55-12.

Captain Frank Hitimana led the charge with the opening two tries and veteran scrumhalf Devon Damons also added to his impressive season’s try tally with a double.

Flyhalf Chadwin Sellidon starred with a 20-point contribution and his twin at fullback, Chadlin Sellidon, also crossed for a five-pointer.

Milnerton faces SACS next weekend on the Memorial A field. They’ve already dealt with Bishops Diocesan College (31-28) and Rondebosch Boys’ High (34-33) and will be eager to add another big southern suburb name to the list of teams they have conquered this season.

In Ceres, Charlie Hofmeyr showed character and discipline to chase down a 3-21 deficit and beat Oakdale’s second team 27-26. – Link to the game

The visitors scored three tries in the first half, while Charlies only got onto the board through a converted penalty by their star flyhalf, Luan Giliomee.

Tyron Davids launched the comeback after the break with the home team’s first try, and two more five-pointers, by Danico Sass and Daniel Bakkes, got them to within a single point at 20-21.

Giliomee took matters into his own hands, with 15 minutes on the clock, with a magnificent individual effort from inside his own half to put the home team in front for the first time.

Oakdale had a chance to steal it in the final moments when they scored their fourth try of the game, but the conversion crept wide, and Charlies added another impressive win to their record.

Meanwhile, Tygerberg beat Melkbosstrand by a single point and Hoërskool Punt triumphed over DF Malan, 20-16.

Scorers

HTS Drostdy 25 (8) – Tries: Bernedict George, Darius Venter, Daniel Mellet, Hareld Mbuqa. Conversion: Josh Fourie. Penalty: Juandre Ungerer. Hoërskool Durbanville 23 (3) – Tries: Dale Martin, Tiaan Kearns. Conversion: Tobie Roelofse, Claydon Carlse. Penalties: Roelofse (3).

Milnerton 55 – Tries: Frank Hitimana (2), Devon Damons (2), Morgan Lodewyk, Jaydin Smit, Chadlin Sellidon, Chadwin Sellidon. Conversions: Chadwin Sellidon (6). Penalty: Chadwin Sellidon. Parel Vallei 12 – Tries: Luchen Meyer, Marko Karsten. Conversion: Meyer.

Hoërskool Brackenfell 19 – Tries: Wade Fortuin, Ntsikayomzi Njongonkulu, Migile Carlse. Conversions: Alldrick Johnson (2). Hoërskool Strand 15 – Tries: Christopher Els, Lyle Julies. Conversion: Jaydan Steenkamp. Penalty: Steenkamp.

Charlie Hofmeyr 27 – Tries: Tyron Davids, Danico Sass, Daniel Bakkes, Luan Giliomee. Conversions: Giliomee (2). Penalty: Giliomee. Oakdale Landbou II 26.

Hugenote 29 – Tries: Kieran de Villiers, Cullen Ruiters, Luke Daniels, Xavier Frederick, Ethan Isaacs. Conversions: Hugo Steenkamp, Frederick. Hoërskool Bellville 32.

Melkbosstrand 19 – Tries: Janco Labuschagne, Daniel Harun, Joel Maree. Conversions: Maree, Cyle Theys. Hoërskool Tygerberg 20.

Hoërskool Punt 20 – Tries: Henro Kuhn, Daylin Erasmus, Wikus Smit, Lihlume January. DF Malan 16 – Try: Réhan Palvie. Conversion: Keanu Kamfer. Penalties: Kamfer (3).

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