Sacs pay the price for silly er­rors against Paarl Boys

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - RACING - MIKE DE BRUYN

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.

PETER HEEGER/GALLO IM­AGES

PUSH­ING THROUGH: Joshua Bar­rett of SACS bumps off Paarl Boys flank Ar­minn Posthu­mus .

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