By Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Fidelity South Coast Warriors achieved their objective of getting maximum points from their match against UKZN Durban at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds on Saturday.
The hosts scored six tries en route to an all-important 39-17 bonus-point win, which keeps them in First Division South Section title contention.
With the Warriors pack outmuscling the visitors, the backline had the perfect platform from which to carve up the defence and made the most of it with scrumhalf Chris Mitchell, flyhalf Jaques Petzer-Moore, centres Tienie Viljoen and Marchell Sass and right wing Ross Steyn all crossing the whitewash.
Another five-pointer by lock Gormingo Mzunga and nine points from the boot of Eben Botha assured victory and solidified the Warriors’ second place on the log.
“I’m very happy with this result. The boys played well and we got the five points we were looking for,” coach Christo Henderson told eHowzit.
“The discipline of the players were good and we stuck to our game plan.
“The forwards were outstanding; we dominated in the scrums, lineouts and in the loose.
“What really stood out was the way the backline used the front foot ball and converted it into points.”
Openside flank Renaldo Brierley was named Man of the Match after a tireless performance, while the in-from Sass was the best of the rampant backs.
“Renaldo’s work rate was just unbelievable,” said Henderson.
“He was in the faces of the opposition and made their lives very difficult – he had an outstanding game.
“Sass was outstanding again. The support lines he ran after passing the ball stood out and his defence was awesome.”
Earlier, the Warriors second team outclassed their northern counterparts in all areas in a 49-0 rout.
Man of the Match honours went to Tiaan Malherbe in the forwards and Jurie Geldenhuis in the backline.
Photos by MG Röscher