Bonus point win for eShowe

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

ESHOWE Rugby Club took the drive up to Em­pan­geni to put in a stand­out per­for­mance in their Ste­wart Shield clash against eSikhaleni last Fri­day evening at Mick Kelly Park.

The vis­i­tors were in mint form and ran in six tries in their 34-0 bonus point vic­tory.

Eighth­man Qualon Bond was the first to cross the chalk for the eShowe side af­ter a strong line-out drive in the right hand cor­ner (5-0).

It did not take long be­fore eShowe in­creased their lead, this time through lock Phaka­mani Biyela, who was re­warded for his hard work in the tight five (10-0).

Scrumhalf Bonginkosi Maduna then dot­ted down un­der the sticks to record his side’s third try, which Glad­well Maduna con­verted to take the score to 17-0 at half­time.

eSikhaleni were on the de­fen­sive for most of the first half and did not see much of the ball.

When they did gain pos­ses­sion, they of­ten squan­dered op­por­tu­ni­ties with poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

eShowe im­proved on their first half per­for­mance by in­cor­po­rat­ing the for­wards more into their loose play and counter-at­tack­ing from all ar­eas of the field.

This re­sulted in a try by in­side cen­tre Harry Masinga, which Maduna con­verted (24-0).

Countless missed tack­les and fail­ing to shift de­fence by eSikhaleni re­sulted in two more tries for eShowe, which came cour­tesy of Xolani Mpun­gose and Siph­e­sihle Nd­wandwe.

eShowe will take on Em­pan­geni 3 at eShowe on Fri­day evening at 8pm.

The eShowe team and coach­ing staff were pleased with their dom­i­nant 34-0 bonus point win on Fir­day evening Richard Springo­rum

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