The Steinhoff Cobras ran in five tries to beat Steinhoff Humanites 34-13 in Johannesburg on Monday and book a place in the playoffs.
It was a must-win game for the Steinhoff Cobras and they produced a bonus-point win to move up to second place in the Hi-fi Corporation pool and give themselves the best chance of progressing through to the semifinals next week – which was later confirmed when Steinhoff Heimat downed Steinhoff Majuba 47-16.
The visitors opened the scoring in the twelth minute when loosehead prop Khanyisa Jam barged over to score. Flyhalf Dale Austin knocked over the conversion and the Cobras had the perfect start in a crucial game for them.
The situation quickly got worse for the men from Cape Town, however, when tighthead Siqiniseko Richmond received a yellow card for repeated infringements just three minutes later.
The Cobras managed to get through the 10 minutes with 14 men unscathed, and in fact extended their lead, as hooker and captain Jonathan Tatz went over to score after 24 minutes.
The yellow cards continued to flow as next Humanities tighthead prop Jacob Morokane was sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements at the breakdown.
Unlike their hosts, the Cobras made their opponents pay when they had an extra man and soon afterwards right wing Gareth Theessen dotted down to score their third try of the game.
Humanities’ discipline continued to let them down and next it was the turn of Neil Spilhaus to take a seat on the sidelines, earning a yellow card for repeated infringements too.
The Cobras made the extra man count once more as eigthman Sean Johnstone went over to score the bonus point try just before the half-time break.
Austin converted to give the men from Cape Town a 29-0 lead at the interval.
Humanities came out with intent in the second half but didn’t manage to trouble the scorers, but they did get some reward when Johnstone was given a yellow card for an infringement at the ruck, 15 minutes into the second half.
This time Humanities used their man advantage to better effect and replacement lock Gujwa Magagula went over the whitewash to open their account.
The Cobras were the next side on the scoresheet though, as scrumhalf Nicholas Lassen sniped and went over for their fifth try.
The hosts were to have the final say however, and Magagula grabbed his brace just before the final whistle to add so more respectability to the score for Humanities.
For Steinhoff Humanities:
Tries: Magagula 2
Yellow cards: Jacob Morokane (26 minutes, repeated infringements), Neil Spilhaus (37 minutes, repeated infringements)
For Steinhoff Cobras:
Tries: Jam, Tatz, Theessen, Johnstone, Lassen
Cons: Austin 3
Yellow cards: Siqiniseko Richmond (15 minutes, repeated infringements), Sean Johnstone (55 minutes, repeated infringements)
Steinhoff Humanities: 15 Gabriel Manyke, 14 Kyle Schachat, 13 Alistair Ballantyne, 12 Matthew Shafto, 11 Uzuzakhe Ngantweni, 10 Neil Spilhaus,
9 Ettienne Wessels, 8 Cameron Shafto, 7 Richard Crossman, 6 Mpho Sebeng,
5 Brendan Wessels, 4 Matthew Stallwood, 3 Jacob Morokane, 2 Christopher Mills, 1 Thembalethu Miya.
Replacements: 16 Blair Costa, 17 Lee Mokoto, 18 Gujwa Magagula, 19 Ish Nkolo, 20 Andile Mxongo, 21 Katlego Thakudu, 22 Ndumiso Nkosi, 23 Matthew Baloyi.
Steinhoff Cobras: 15 Stephen Wallace, 14 Gareth Theessen, 13 Nicolas Loizides, 12 Leonard Jacobs, 11 Nicholas Boswell, 10 Dale Austin, 9 Nicholas Lassen, 8 Sean Johnstone, 7 Jordan Artus, 6 Robert Inskip, 5 Olwethu Hans, 4 Jaime Manuel, 3 Siqiniseko Richmond, 2 Jonathan Tatz, 1 Khanyisa Jam.
Replacements: 16 Matteo Viotti, 17 Xolisa Velem, 18 Farai Mathemera, 19 Zackary Elkin, 20 Anthony van Ryneveld, 21 Jonathan Ford, 22 AN Other, 23 AN Other.