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The Riversmead South Coast Warriors continued their winning ways when they trounced Jaguars 57-0 in their First Division South Section fixture on Friday night.
The South Coast side ran in nine tries and shutout their hosts to send a clear message that they won’t become complacent following their win over previously undefeated Hillcrest, which earned them the inside track to the title.
The highlight of the game was loosehead Tian Malherbe grabbing a brace and converting both of his tries, the prop now proudly boasting a 100% kicking record this season.
Flyhalf Brandt Fields and flyer Nico Smuts also each scored a double, with flank David Durrheim, fullback Dylan Kroon and replacement back Graeme Bester – who featured for the South African Under-19 Platteland side on their tour of England and Scotland last year – also crossing the chalk.
Kroon converted two of the tries, with Fields and Bester each slotting a conversion of their own.
A workmanlike effort from flank Cameron Camp and Fields’ play-making prowess at No 10 earned them the Man of the Match awards.
Captain Chris Mitchell was pleased to have picked up maximum log points from the road trip but wasn’t satisfied with the team’s performance.
“It was a scrappy game,” he told eHowzit. “We didn’t start well and were just 17-0 ahead at half time, but some choice words during the break got the boys’ heads back in the game.
“I can’t say I’m happy with how we played, but to still put up 57 points and play bad, well, that just shows character.
“We got UKZN in Durban this coming Saturday, which is going to be a tough game, so we’re going to have to fix our structures and get a lot more clinical with our finishing.”
Meanwhile, a brace by Jackson Mqadi and a penalty by Hendrik Malan saw the second team come away with a 13-7 win.
Man of the Match honours went to Nhlanthla Lushaba (forwards) and Sam Nkwentsha (backline).
Head coach Gromingo Mzunga said, “I’m very pleased with the win. The boys showed some guts with their effect.”
Photos by Francois Slippers