By Quintin van Jaarsveld
It was a case of mission accomplished for the Fidelity South Coast Warriors as they registered a 27-13 bonus-point win over Westville Old Boys at Douglas Mitchell Country Club on Saturday.
The Warriors knew they had to get a full house in order to stay in reach of First Division South Section pacesetters Harlequins and Richards Bay and they did just that despite being down to 14 men for a quarter of the game.
Bongi Mhle spent 10 minutes in the bin for what was adjudged to have been a no-arms tackle in the first half before James Fourie was yellow-carded for a dangerous clean out at a ruck in the second half.
The Fourie trio of brothers James and Josh and cousin Andries were in the thick of the action.
Despite his yellow card, James won the Man of the Match award – a DSTV Drifta – for his industrious performance around the park, while Josh kicked a penalty and two conversions and Andries scored one of the home team’s four tries.
The other tries were scored by Dylan Kroon, Sakhi Tuni and Juandre Koekemoer. Scrumhalf Chris Mitchell continued his fine form and was named backline Man of the Match.
“I think we played well. Like every game, we took good and bad things out of it but the main thing is we got the bonus-point win,” coach Christo Henderson told eHowz!t.
“Referees seemingly interpret some rules differently every week, so we once again had to adapt very quickly and at the end of the day, it paid off and we got the result we wanted out of the game.”
‘Bokser’ bags four for Warriors second XV
The Warriors second team, meanwhile, produced their best performance of the season as they thrashed their Westville rivals 76-7 in an 11-try rout.
Eighthman Stephan Slabbert was in rare form, scoring four tries, with Mhle (2), Brendan McGarr (2), Tye Thompson (2) and Ettienne Marais all getting in on the act.
Slabbert and flank Karel van Rooyen shared the forward Man of the Match accolade while No.9 McGarr was the best of the backs.