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The Riversmead South Coast Warriors executed a Durban demolition job as they cantered to a 54-21 win over hosts UKZN on Saturday.
In stark contrast to their closely-contested first tussle earlier this season, the Warriors won decisively to stay neck and neck with Hillcrest at the top of the First Division South Section standings.
The visitors led 27-12 despite getting off to a slow start and two quick tries after the break put them on the fast track to another bonus-point win.
Captain Chris Mitchell, who traded the No 9 jersey for the No 2 jumper, scored a double, as did outside centre Rameez Allie, who copped a yellow card for a high tackle.
Lock Lunga Madlala, flyhalf Brandt Fields, wing Nico Smuts and fullback Senanelo Ndlazi also got on to the scoresheet.
Scrumhalf Dylan Kroon had a good day with the boot, converting seven of the Uvongo-based side’s eight tries.
Mitchell was named forwards Man of the Match, while Kroon claimed the backline award.
“It’s a good win. It was a bit crappy, but the boys held out and put the points on the board,” Mitchell told eHowzit.
“I’m happy that we’re finally playing some second-half rugby. The next step now is to play an 80-minute game.”
The second team had a walkover.
The Warriors enjoy a bye this weekend, which Mitchell believes comes at the perfect time.
“This UKZN game was very physical, so there a lot of sore bodies. We’ll still have our usual practices this week, but having the weekend off will allow us to have a team-building session and just relax our bodies a bit.”
The Warriors return to action with an away assignment against Zululand next weekend before returning home for their final match of the regular season against Westville a week later.
Win both and the Warriors will be crowned First Division South Section winners.
Photos by Henry Rutherford