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The Riversmead South Coast Warriors showed why they are the team to beat in the First Division this season when they scored a runaway 60-14 bonus-point away win over Pietermaritzburg Collegians on Saturday.
The second team made it a double for the visitors as they came away with a narrow 22-20 win.
Bolstered by the return of captain Chris Mitchell and a number of first-choice players, the first XV dominated all facets of play to make it three-from-three.
The Uvongo-based side led 33-0 at half-time and didn’t let up in the second half.
Centre Devan van Eeden scored four of the Warriors’ 10 tries.
Fullback Arnold Kruger and midfielder Rameez each bagged a brace, while wing Luyanda Sithole and flank Dawie Durrheim also dotted down.
Flyhalf Tienie Viljoen added four conversions before prop Tian Malherbe capped things off in memorable fashion by slotting an 80th-minute conversation.
Prop Lourens Stapelberg was named forwards Man of the Match and Sithole scooped the backline Man of the Match award.
Skipper Mitchell was pleased with his team’s complete performance.
“The boys’ defence was very impressive…the guys worked hard on that, and we’ll let the score speak for our attack,” he told eHowzit.
As always, Mitchell said there’s room for improvement, especially heading into this Friday’s big away game against Hillcrest.
“Our discipline let us down in the second half, so we have some work to do.”
Mitchell’s made the move from scrumhalf to flank this season and said he’s enjoying the transition.
“It’s a bit of a change but it’s cool. I like the physicality of the position and makes the body feel young,” he laughed.
Photo by Vicky Topham