The FNB Madibaz suffered a third consecutive at the Hands of FNB Wits, as they went down 29-32 at the Madibaz stadium on Monday evening on South campus. It was heartbreak again for the home team as they continue to search for their maiden win this season.
Contrary to the result, the Madibaz started on the front foot through a penalty in the fifth
minute through Fly-half Simon Bolze who slotted in three points just outside the visitors 22.
That resulted in a Wits launching a heavy attack, however the Madibaz relieved the pressure turning the ball over in their five. The Madibaz responded with an attack of their own which saw them come close to scoring the opening try, however captain Riaan Esterhuizen failing to control the ball as he knocked it over the line. However, it was not over as the Madibaz won the Wits scrum which saw eighth man Justin Hollis cross the line after five phases.
Bolze added the extra two points to give the homeside a 10-0 lead going into the strategy
break. The first power play went to Wits as they opted to remove Bolze and centre Jordan Koekemoer. It would prove beneficial as Wits Captain Constant Beckerling opened the scoring for the visitors, with Christopher Humphries adding the extra two points. Madibaz took the lead again through substitute Christopher Worthington after another five phases.
The response from the visitors was swift through wing Kwanele Ngema who chased down a loose ball which saw them seven points with Humphries adding the extra two from the tee.
The half concluded with Bolze adding three points for the homeside as they went into the
half trailing 20-16. The second half began at a much slower tempo, until the 53 rd minute when Wits made use of a lineout with hooker Cecil Conradie scoring off the back of a maul. The visitors again upped the tempo scoring another try through substitute Lwazi Monakali. Substitute fly-half David Cary stretched their lead adding the extra two points from the tee, going up 32-16.
The Madibaz refused to relent and responded with a try of their own from vice-captain
Wynand Grassman followed by a conversion from Henrique Olivier. Olivier added two
penalties from the tee narrowing the gap to only three points. The game would not end with a bit of drama as the Madibaz unleashed a heavy attack on the Wits defence in the dying minutes of the game. It was vice-captain Grassman who would turn from hero to villain, as he knocked on the ball in the Wits five as Referee Rasta Rashivenge concluded the match as FNB Madibaz continue to search for their first win this season.