The Bulldogs recorded their 5th win of the season against one of the top teams in the league, turning the tables on a team that beat them 40 – 8 in the first half of the season.
The game didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Bulldogs as a defensive lapse after some sustained pressure by UWC gifted them a try. We continued to play a lot of rugby in our own half, gifting some soft turnovers to UWC.
The key word before the game was “clinical”, and our thorougly rehearsed defensive structure started coming together in spectacular fashion as the boys sustained attack after attack from the UWC side. Frustration started getting the better of the UWC side and they started infringing at breakdown time, allowing us a chance to get down field.
A quick-tap off a free-kick by Thabo Stone got us on to the front foot into the red zone. After some great interplay and patient phase play, an overlap was created for Graham “Milf/Milfonator/What the hell is he doing on the wing?” Lindeman to crash over in the corner. 5-5 at Half-Time.
The accuracy in defence continued into the 2nd Half, our most clinical defensive display of the season. With the continued infringements and frustration from UWC we were able to get some solid possession and started playing the game deep in the UWC half.
A planned move from practice was executed with pin-point precision as replacement Patrick “Paddy” Holman scythed through the gap created for him dotting down near the sticks and earning himself a steak dinner in the process for scoring 2 tries on the day. The try was duly converted by “Pretty Luke” Geldenhuys as we went 12-5 up.
The status quo remained until the final moments of the game when Nick Martin attempted a long-range penalty which came agonisingly close to going over. The chase was a tad lax and UWC countered, their 13 wreaking havoc in an unusually broken Bulldogs defence. His ingenuity was rewarded as UWC scored in the corner in the final play of the game. 12-10, conversion to come.
The UWC kicker lined-up, connected it perfectly and it seemed the ball was moving in slow motion before ricocheting off the upright as the ref blew the final whistle, sending Anton our Rugby Chairman and the rest of the crowd delirious.
Special mention must go to Craig “Ginger Matfield” Davies for his sterling line-out work as well as Ryan “The Self Appointed Special One” Massyn for being awesome. A true team effort though as the entire squad performed every aspect of play for the majority of the game to the clinical standard they set themselves. Now for Number 6.
Tries: Lindeman, Holman