In what must be said was one of our most frustrating games of the season the Thirds went down 13-5 to a NNK team that was there for the taking. Dominating in territory and possession for 75% of the game the guys simply struggled to convert numerous scoring opportunities. The lack of team cohesion was clearly apparent. Unfortunately we lost this one as opposed to being beaten. This team needs to learn how to put the final nail in the coffin.
NNK dominated upfront with a strong scrumming display which made life difficult for our scrumhalves Kurt “sniper” Kuhn and Grant “Shimmy” Macdonald. The space was clearly on the outside with our backs looking dangerous on attack on numerous occasions. On one occasion the boys did get it right and finished off a period of great continuos phase play with a beautiful set of hands that sent Wayne “Habanatjie” Engelbrecht over in the corner right in front of a voiciferous home crowd.
On the positive side there was some good strong running from the back by Justin “DJ” Minaar, an astute tactical kicking display from Ryan “Griquas” Grant (except for the drop attempt ;)) and some work horse performances from our skipper Rich “cramp” Connear, Cam “club man” Dallas and Daniel “pourer” Searle. Donald “birthday boy” Ballantyne put in some great tackles and strong runs and was in top form in the bar later. Anton “one bounce” van Vlaanderen ineffectively used his new patented one bounce pass, a technique he has been trying to perfect for a while, one of which led to the only NNK try just before half time. This awarded him the d of the day title.
After a disappointing season to date it is amazing how week in week out the boys continue to put their bodies on the line for the famous white jersey. Even through all the poor results there is certainly no lack of heart or effort. This team has a win in them with a great opportunity this weekend against Hamlets.
-Anton Van Vlaanderen