Sacs pay the price for silly errors against Paarl Boys
spectators split down the middle in terms of support.
Yesterday the home side more than held their own in the first 15 minutes although they were under constant pressure deep in their half and had to rely on a myriad relieving kicks to keep the scores quiet.
Referee Jonathan Kaplan had allowed the game to flow freely up to that point, but he then dished out a fair number of penalties to Paarl and it was off that platform they were able to open their account.
Sacs were pinged for a high tackle and Paarl decided to attack instead of kick for poles and, after a powerful driving maul got close to the try line, were rewarded with a fivepointer dotted down out wide by leftwing Javier Farmer.
Fullback Trent Sivertsen was unsuccessful with the touchline conversion.
Sacs had hardly operated inside enemy territory such was the pressure they were under, and they compounded matters with mediocre kicks out of hand, with flyhalf Michael Abrahams the chief culprit, which was surprising from a fellow in his third season in the first team.
It would cost his side a goaled try just before halftime when he failed to find touch inside his 22, one that could be ill-afforded as moments earlier rightwing Kabelo Mokoena had been yellow-carded for a late tackle.
But before that Sacs bagged a three-pointer via a penalty goal from the boot of leftwing Matthew Hayes after a rare sortie downfield.
Paarl responded with two of their own through the boot of Sivertson before capitalising on Abrahams’ blunder that set up inside centre Quan Horn for the easy score, making it 18-3 at the break.
Paarl returned for the second half determined to put more points on the board and they did so in quick fashion when, after another penalty their way, a scrum became a maul and then a neat turn in the tackle centimetres away from the line put lock Emile van Heerden over the whitewash close to the posts.
Sivertsen added the extras to make it 25-3.
Sacs ended the final quarter hell-bent on scoring a try, and their efforts were rewarded when Mokoena gathered lock Justin Thomas’ clever and well-weighted kick into space and galloped away to score unhindered.
Thomas and flankers Craig Bylin and Jean Minnaar were at the heart of Sacs’ resistance and will be key men for the next game against Bishops.
PUSHING THROUGH: Joshua Barrett of SACS bumps off Paarl Boys flank Arminn Posthumus .