Ernst Stapelberg is going to give his opponents a very hard time this season on the schools rugby fields in the province.
The fly half was in top form on Saturday for Framesby in the victory of 42-8 (21-3 half time) over Despatch. Stapelberg (captain) gave a polished display op his home ground and that trademark long raking line kicks had Despatch in sixes and sevens. His place kicking was a joy to watch as he converted all 6 tries.
Wihan Coetzer (lock), who was a power of strength in the lineouts, Visser Smit (hooker) and Wessel Strydom (prop), were prominent. Divo Welgemoed (centre) did drop a pass or two, but also dished up some brilliant play at times, with a good positional performance by fullback Tiaan Stander. For Despatch Ivan Oosthuizen (hooker), Neil Basson (lock) and Divan van Willingh (fly half) never stop trying.
Framesby started like a house on fire with Welgemoed scoring an intercept try in the first 10 seconds. They quickly build up a lead of 21-3 but lost a bit of structure in the second part of the first half when both sides struggled with their discipline.
Despatch produced their best play early in the second half when Reinhardt Roelofse broke the defence to send Roche Vermeulen away for the try. That gave Framesby the wakeup call to get in top gear to secure victory over the game visitors.
Welgemoed (2), Coetzer, Smit, Strydom and Anru Botha scored tries for Framesby and for Despatch Van Willingh added a penalty to Vermeulen’s try.