A spirited performance by Steinhoff Helderberg wasn’t enough as they went down against Steinhoff Patria 18-29 in their opening round fixture of the 2017 Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championships, played at Danie Craven Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Steinhoff Helderberg held an early 13-5 lead, before Steinhoff Patria scored three unanswered tries to take a 29-18 lead at half time, despite Steinhoff Helderberg having the majority of possession. That pattern continued in the second half as good defence by Steinhoff Patria kept Steinhoff Helderberg at bay. Fullback Walter Smit spilled a golden opportunity for Steinhoff Helderberg when he lost the ball, while diving over the line.
Steinhoff Helderberg managed to get over the line, eventually, through flyhalf Henri du Toit, but it wasn’t enough as Steinhoff Patria hung on for a 29-18 win, despite not scoring any points in the second half.
Steinhoff Patria’s winger, Jaswyn Damon, was named as the man of the match for his two tries, as well as three conversions, to inspire the side from Potchefstroom to a big win away from home.
Incredible Player of the Match: Jaswyn Damon (Steinhoff Patria)
Steinhoff Helderbeg: 18
Tries: Hendri du Toit (2), Daniël Anderson
Cons: Henri du Toit
Steinhoff Patria: 29
Tries: Joe van Huysteen (2), Wilbri Gunter, Jaswyn Damon
Cons: Jaswyn Damon (3)
Steinhoff Helderberg starting XV: 15 Walter Smit, 14 André-Pierre Gouws, 13 Eduan Shuda, 12 Tim Peach, 11 Jacquin Marthinus, 10 Henri du Toit, 9 Johan Lamprecht, 8 Damian Jurgens, 7 Phillip Nel, 6 Daniël Anderson, 5 JP Rust, 4 Francois du Toit, 3 Gawie Gregory, 2 Regardt Pretorius, 1 Stephanus Lingenfelder
Subs: 16 Jake Wagner, 17 PC Viljoen, 18 Dehan Trumpie, 19 Robert Pinkhard, 20 Jan-Hendrik Hanekom, 21 Leonardo Beukes, 22 Richard Bryant, 23 Henro Lacock
Steinhoff Patria starting XV: 15 Luan Kleynhans, 14 Jaswyn Damon, 13 Wilbri Gunter, 12 Brendan du Plessis, 11 Joe van Huysteen, 10 GM Bruwer, 9 Garann Kriek, 8 Hendrik du Plessis, 7 Elric Pretorius, 6 Corjan Muller, 5 Stefan Bergh, 4 JD Steyn, 3 Ruan Groenewald, 2 Jan-Hendrik Muller, 1 Almeru van Wyk
Subs: 16 Jan-Hendrik Grobler, 17 Martin de Villiers, 18 Louis Winter, 19 Mauritz Bezuidenhout, 20 Jan-Louis Senekal, 21 Adriaan Labuschagne, 22 Armando van Wyk, 23 Danie van Zyl
By Andre Huisamen