The FNB Tuks Young Guns held off a spirited FNB Ikeys Young Guns side to secure a 39 -24 victory at the Rand Stadium on Monday 21 March.
In a classic North versus South derby, the FNB Tuks Young Guns took on FNB UCT Ikey’s Young Guns at the Rand Stadium, in Rosettenville. The match started off in a frantic pace with FNB UCT pinning the FNB Tuks team in their half for most of the opening 20 minutes.
The FNB UCT scrum was all over FNB Tuks, as they bullied them during the first 20 minutes. Against the run of play, FNB Tuks drew first blood through outside centre Heino Bezeduinhoudt to make the score 5 – 0. Moments later, lock Handre Stassen stepped like a seasoned pro, past FNB UCT fullback Athi Gazi, to dot over for his team’s second try.
With minutes left to play in the first half, FNB Tuks scrumhalf Raegan Oranje realised that the FNB UCT left the blindside wide open and sneaked in for his team’s third try. The conversion was missed by Ivan Smit and the score remained at 18–0.
FNB UCT weren’t about to lie down and take the pounding from FNB Tuks as they scored their first try through scrumhalf Michael Henning. Flyhalf Geoffrey Dakin slotted the conversion and FNB UCT were trailing FNB Tuks 18–8 as the referee blew for half time.
In the second half FNB Tuks raised their energy levels and were soon on the scoreboard through outside centre Heino Bezeuidenhoudt. Flyhalf Christo Lategan converted to increase FNB Tuks’ lead to 28–8.
As much as FNB UCT tried to create something from the amount of possession they had they couldn’t break down the resolute FNB Tuks defence as the men from Pretoria started to squeeze the life out of FNB UCT.
Rubbing salt into the opposition’s wounds, FNB Tuks fullback Ivan Smit dotted down for his team’s fifth try and the writing was on the wall for FNB UCT. Ivan missed the conversion and the score read 31–8.
FNB UCT’s never-say-die attitude paid off as left-winger Ibrahim Adams scored from a well-worked move by the FNB UCT backline. Dakin converted and brought the score to 31–16.
But FNB Tuks weren’t finished as openside flanker Hendrik Bezuidenhoudt barged his way through from a set scrum. Flyhalf Lategan converted. The score 39–16 to FNB Tuks with minutes left to play.
In the dying seconds of the game FNB UCT piled the pressure on FNB Tuks and were eventually rewarded with their third try of the match through flyhalf Dakin. He converted his own try and the match ended 39–24 in favour of FNB Tuks Young Guns.
FNB UCT Young Guns:
Tries: Michael Henning, Ibrahim Adams, Geoffrey Dakin
Cons: Geoffrey Dakin (3)
FNB Tuks Young Guns:
Tries: Heino Bezuidenhoudt (2), Handre Stassen, Raegan Oranje, Ivan Smit, Hendrik Bezuidenhoudt
Cons: Ivan Smit, Christo Lategan (2)
FNB UCT Young Guns: 15 Athi Gazi, 14 Gerard Stephan Pieterse, 13 Liam John Furniss, 12 Jezz Robbie MacIntyre, 11 Ibrahim Adams, 10 Geoffrey Anthony Dakin, 9 Michael Henning, 8 Nyasha Turasenga, 7 Liam Greenhalgh, 6 Jack Walters, 5 Lihle Kula, 4 Peter Kirk J. Frost, 3 Jordan Diekman, 2 Niven Poleman, 1 Samuel Henriques.
16 Greg Wilcox, 17 Sihle Lonzi, 18 David Hisham, 19 Matthews Andrews, 20 Nicholas Scott, 21 Robert Charles Ball, 22 Ahmend Mohamed, 23 Aidan Stoll
FNB Tuks Young Guns: 15 Ivan L. Smit, 14 Angelo da Silva Mervano, 13 Heino Bezeduinhoudt, 12 Jordan Holgate, 11 Ciaran Dayaram, 10 Christo Lategan Hamman, 9 Raegan Thorpe Oranje, 8 Frederick Denzel Hill, 7 Hendrik W. Jacobus Bezuidenhoudt, 6 Dean J. van der Westhuizen, 5 Handre Stassen, 4 Peter Samuel Mitchell, 3 Jacobus Johannes Holtzhausen, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Franco van der berg.
16 Cornelius Johannes Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Ruben van Heerden, 19 Eduan Lubbe, 20 Stephanus Johannes Enslin, 21 Sentle Lehoko, 22 Brenda Christopher Owen, 23 Mashao Bhekisizwe Mukhari
By Ike Bam