The first week of Carlton Club Rugby started off this Saturday with many hiccups, reports Johanna de Vos.
Some clubs will have to get their act together before they (the clubs of the Bulls) join the clubs of the Lions, Valke and Leopards for the Predator competition later this year.
Placing on the log will determine into which category each club falls.
This year there won’t be second chances, because only seven games, plus the semi-finals and the finals will be played.The Predator Competition commences on the 20th July.
The match between Oostelike Eagles and UP-Tuks had to be played at Tuks’ Groenkloof Stadium (the old NKP) because Eagles’ home ground is Wilgers Hoërskool, and they had a Sports Day.
At TuksStadium and Loftus Versfeld soccer was being played.
Although the games were played at Tuks’ fields, the home team was still Oostelike Eagles.
They were supposed to arrange the First Aid assistance for all the games. Due to not enough First Aid members one game was called off after just 20 minutes, and for the u.19 game Oostelike Eagles gave points.
Tuks 41, Oostelike Eagles 24. Half-time was (22-5).
Although Tuks rested a few of their regular players, they still ran in six tries. The 2013 Varsity Cup winners will be red hot this year.
The Eagles managed a bonus-point with their four tries. Oostelike Eagles are definitely looking better and stronger this year. They have aquired the services of a few good players. Their new captain Gert van Schalkwyk previously played for the Mpumalanga Pumas.
Police 82, Silver Valke 12.
Pretoria Police played host to the Silver Valke from Silverton and ran riot when they scored twelve tries. Bobbies missed only one conversion. Silver Valke did cross the try-line twice and converted one try.
Half-time was (28-5). Right-winger Ruan van Loo contributed three tries and four conversions. He was Police’s man of the match.
He is also my player of the Week 1.
Police would want to forget the Community Cup down in George over the Easter week-end, and they proved during the game that it is water under the bridge. Silver Valke whose first team players and management nearly all left for greener pastures last year, is still in the building phase. Good luck to them.
Centurion 46, Naka Bulls 20.
Centurion had to travel to the Moot to make combat with Naka Bulls.They won this battle quite easily with six tries to the two of the home-side Naka Bulls.
Half time (11-6) it was still anybody’s game.
Remember Donovan Twiname who during the eighties played scrumhalf for Harlequin and the then Northern Transvaal (Blue Bulls)? Well, his son Stanley is now playing flyhalf for Centurion. A few years ago he played for Tuks.
Naka Bulls managed to get one of the flyhalf Boshoff brothers, Ruan, out of retirement.
Last year at the Club Championship in Rustenburg, their regular flyhalf Braam Pretorius was injured when his leg was broken. He had to be operated on and was lucky not to lose the leg. This horrific injury brought an end to a magnificant carreer spanned over more than a decade.
TUT 22, Harlequins 19.
TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) surprised one and all by beating Harlequins at Groenkloof. Only a penalty kick made the difference. Half-time Harlequins were ahead (12-3).
TUT’s flyhalf Morné Hugo is a real asset to them. He also took care of their kicking during the Varsity Shield Competition. He was part of the Blue Bull u.21 squad last year.
Harlequins aquired a brilliant flyhalf from KZN Steven Moir. He has already made his mark with 4 penalties and one conversion during this game.
Fixtures for Friday 8pm (20h00), home-teams first.
Centurion vs Tuks
Silver Valke vs Oostelike Eagles
TUT vs Naka Bulls
Harlequin vs Police
Results Week 1
UP-Tuks 41, Oostelike Eagles 24
Centurion 48, Naka Bulls 20
Police 82, Silver Valke 12
TUT 22, Harlequin 19
Tuks-Fezelas 70, Oostelike Eagles 12
Naka Bulls 10, Centurion 10
Police 74, Silver Valke 0
TUT 13, Harlequin 12
Tuks-Pumas 27, Oostelike Eagles 0 (suspended due to no first-aid)
Centurion 24, Naka Bulls 5
Police 40, Silver Valke 0; (by default)
Harlequin 40, TUT 0. (by default)
Tuks-Jongspan 41, Oostelike Eagles 10
Centurion 34, Naka Bulls 10
Police 109, Silver Valke 0
TUT 59, Harlequin 10
Tuks 40; Oostelike Eagles 0; (By default – no first-aid)
Naka Bulls 24, Centurion 8
Police 60, Silver Valke 10
TUT 40, Harlequin 0. (By default)