Quintin van Jaarsveld
A ruthless Riversmead South Coast Warriors side put on a try-fest in front of their home crowd as they pummelled PMB Collegians 87-0 at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds on Saturday.
Although they’ve won all but one of their First Division fixtures this season, the Warriors had been unable to produce a complete 80-minute performance prior to the weekend’s massacre.
This time, the hosts never let up, scoring 35 points in the first half and a whopping 52 in the second to register their biggest win of the season.
The Uvongo-based club scored 15 unanswered tries – captain Chris Mitchell, Rameez Allie, Brandt Fields and Juan van der Berg each bagged a brace, Marchell Sass, Brendan Rademeyer, Jacque Coetzee, Jaco Coetzee, Cameron Camp and Johan Gericke all got in on the act and they forced a penalty try. Donovan Horne and Tienie Viljoen kicked three conversions each.
Man of the Match honours went to Rademeyer in the forwards and Viljoen in the backline.
“It was a good game. We used it to build on our set pieces and to show that we can play second-half rugby. I’m very pleased with the 80-minute effort,” skipper Mitchell told eHowzit.
“Our defence was beautiful. I think they were only in our 22 for about five minutes the whole game. We just need our kickers to kick better. We can’t be missing nine conversions, so they’ll be kicking all night in our next training session.”
The thrashing saw the Warriors stay in touch with First Division log leaders Hillcrest, who remain unbeaten after a 43-3 drubbing of Durban Mets at the weekend.
The Warriors second team also prevailed over their Pietermaritzburg counterparts, emerging 26-19 winners.
They scored early as scrumhalf and backline Man of the Match Matthew Louw went over for a try, while player/coach Gromingo Mzunga scored just before half-time to add to the Warriors’ tally.
Defensive lapses allowed the visitors to score three tries in the first half and two early in the second half. However, second-half tries by prop Jaco Coetzee and loose forward and forwards Man of the Match Nick Potonas ensured the win for the Warriors. Flyhalf Wesley Nyman converted three of the tries.
Consultant coach MG Roscher said, “We made it hard on ourselves with silly ball-handling errors and not playing in the correct areas at times as well giving away a few soft tries.
“The score should’ve been much higher if not for these errors. However, we’re proud of the boys’ effort. We’ll work hard to fix these errors before the next game.”
Meanwhile, on Friday night a highly motivated Warriors Under-20 side nearly picked up their first win in the Frank Norris A League against Midlands from Pietermaritzburg.
With an excellent week of preparation and a full-strength side, the Warriors headed into the match with much-needed confidence.
The Warriors scored the first try of the game after an excellent line break by Nyman. They missed the conversion right in front of the posts and trailed 12-5 at half-time after having received a yellow card.
Disaster struck 10 minutes into the second half when the home team were handed a red card. They scored a second five-pointer through Bongu Dlamini but the numerical disadvantage was too much to overcome as they went down 17-10.
It was a game of lost opportunities for the Warriors. Decision-making and handling errors let them down at times and they struggled in the scrums. To their credit, they never gave up, their defence was solid and to only lose by seven said a lot about their fighting spirit.
Camp (forwards) and Nyman (backline) earned the Man of the Match awards.
The Warriors will play host to Ballito Dolphins on Saturday, with the second teams colliding at 2pm and the first team clash kicking off at 3.30pm.