Steinhoff Patria made easy work of Steinhoff Harlequins at the Wanderers Rugby Club defeating them 42 -10 on Saturday morning.
Steinhoff Patria, in fine form, flew out of the staring blocks in fine fashion, swinging the ball down the backline to left wing who needed no second invitation and scored in the corner early in the match. Flyhalf Christopher Arries converted and Steinhoff Patria were in the lead 8-0, fives minutes into the match.
Then it was the turn of Steinhoff Harlequins to open their account and Ruan van den Heever slotted a penalty for the men from Port Elizabeth. The score read 8-2.
Steinhoff Patria then shifted a gear and scored two quick tries through scrumhalf Marco Pretorius and inside centre Dries Du Plooy, unfortunately both tries were not converted. The score was 18-2 as Steinhoff Patria pulled ahead.
Steinhoff Harlequins needed to get a five-pointer on the board fast and they did. Inside centre and captain Ignatius Botha scored and fullback Willem Conradie slotted the conversion, 18-10.
The arm wrestle continued but neither team could get points on the scoreboard. It went on until half time. The score remaining 18-10 to Steinhoff Patria.
The second half was a whole new match, as Steinhoff Patria took control of the game. Steinhoff Harlequins had no answer.
Steinhoff Patria’s winger Anthony Prince got his second of the match and Arries converted to make the score 26-10.
Steinhoff Patria’s fifth try came via replacement utility forward Stephan Berg and once again Arries slotted the conversion. It was 34-10 with minutes left on the scoreboard.
The final nail in the coffin was delivered by Man of the Match, Anthony Prince, who collected a ball that was kicked through and all the Steinhoff Harlequins players thought he had stepped out and Prince bagged his third try of the match. It ended 42-10.
There was little the men from PE could do as Steinhoff Patria’s resilient defence shut down every attempted attack and were brilliant on attack themselves.
Man of the match: Anthony Prince (Steinhoff Patria)
Steinhoff Harlequins: 10
Tries: Ignatius Botha
Cons: Willem Conradie
Pens: Willem Conradie
Steinhoff Patria: 42
Tries: Anthony Prince (3), Marco Pretorius, Dries Du Plooy, Stephan Berg
Cons: Christopher Arries (4)
15 Denver Mororua, 14 Johan van Heerden, 13 Brendon du Plessis, 12 Dries du Plooy, 11 Timothy Prince, 10 Christopher Arries, 9 Marco Pretorius, 8 Awie Engelbrecht, 7 Bendre Herholdt, 6 Berto Kleynhans, 5 Hendrik du Plessis, 4 Christopher Durow, 3 De Jager Botha, 2 Jan-Hendrik Stols, 1 Almeru van Wyk.
16 Deon Stols, 17 Francois Taljaard, 18 Stefan Bergh, 19 Emil Meyer, 20 Adriaan Labuschagne, 21 Mathys Seyffert, 22 Riaan Brummer, 23 Gerhard Booysen
15 Willem Conradie, 14 Marcus Muller, 13 Marlin Keller, 12 Ignatius Botha, 11 Leonardo de Villiers, 10 Ruan van den Heever, 9 Nicolas Kevin Smith, 8 Johan Lloyd, 7 Paul van der Merwe, 6 Dan Holmes, 5 Jason Ludik, 4 Winlin Felix, 3 Jaques Jean Pienaar, 2 Ian Hauptfleisch, 1 Dwayne Marshall
16, Daniel de Klerk, 17 Qaphela Kubuli, 18 Oyama Gxaleka, 19 Samkelo Maneli, 20 Juan Smit, 21 Claude Machiha, 22 No replacement available, 23 Corne van Heerden
By Ike Bam