Port Elizabeth – It was more misery and heartbreak for the FNB Madibaz last night at the Madibaz stadium, as they were succumbed to a 37-5 thrashing at the hands of FNB NWU Pukke, much to the despair of the home crowd.
The much needed victory for the visitors saw them move into the top four of the log for a possible semi-final spot, while the Madibaz remain rooted second from the bottom.
The visitors opened the scoring in the seventh minute as right-wing Dean Gordon latched on to a pass off the back of a maul to complete the set piece with a try. Up stepped fly-half DP de Lange who added the extra two points.
Madibaz were granted a penalty opportunity from 20 metres out, however fly-half Simon Bolze failed to convert the three points. Straight after the first strategy break the Madibaz piled the pressure on Pukke and were rewarded through a try by centre Siphumelele Msutwana who scored in a similar fashion to the opposition. Bolze squandered the two point conversion as leaving the score at 5-7. The home team were then put under a lot of pressure and it would prove to be their undoing after knocking on the ball in their own 22 after forcing a turnover.
This resulted in a Pukke scrum, the pressure mounted and after 9 phases centre AK Nela made it 12-5 for the visitors. Up stepped De Lange who converted the score to 14-5 going into the half. The resumption of the second-half began with the Madibaz immediately on the back foot with Pukke scrum-half Chriswell September opening the scoring with a seven point try as De Lange made it three conversions from three.
The Madibaz then chose to use their Power Play option removing centres Nela and Evardi Boshoff, however they failed to captilise on their two man advantage. They were made to pay for it a minute after the power play, this time through captain Tiaan Bezuidenhout. The Madibaz were then succumbed to a powerplay in the 66th minute which saw Captain Riaan Esterhuizen and substitute fly-half Henrique Olivier taking a two minute break. Although Pukke failed to score in their powerplay, they did add one last seven point try ten, minutes later to conclude the match with an emphatic 37-5 victory.
Other results: FNB Wits 30-30 Matie; FNB Ikeys 23-13 FNB Tuks; FNB Shimlas 12-49 FNB UJ