Top class rugby vic­tory for su­perb Richards Bay

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Dave Sa­vides

IN a pul­sat­ing, open game be­tween two out­stand­ing and well matched teams, Richards Bay pulled off a stun­ning 49-40 win over vis­i­tors Dur­ban Col­le­gians on Fri­day night.

This makes it two wins out of two for the Moor Cup debu­tantes, and the rest of the league’s con­tenders will be forced to sit up and take no­tice.

The hosts showed some ex­cep­tional qual­i­ties, with the link­ing of for­wards and backs par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive as they raked in seven tries, two penal­ties and four con­ver­sions.

Col­le­gians can look to a num­ber of spilled chances through han­dling er­rors, but these were mainly forced by the as­sault from the home loose trio, who closed down ev­ery space in mi­crosec­onds and tack­led fe­ro­ciously.

Add to this the slick back­line play thanks to great ser­vice from the base of the scrum and it was the whole pack­age for coach Trevor Mont­gomery’s charges.

Play­ing into a strong wind, Richards Bay started with a bang, scor­ing a try in the first minute with a su­perb in­ter-pass­ing move­ment that be­gan in their own half and ended un­der the posts to send the large crowd into rap­tures (5-0).

Col­le­gians soon equalled mat­ters and edged ahead with a con­verted try (5-7) but Jors Dannhauser’s penalty un­did the dam­age (8-7).

It was roller-coaster stuff with tries on both ends of the field and the score­board op­er­a­tor kept busy as the game moved through 8-14, 13-14, 20-14, 20-19, 23-19, 23-26 and 28-26.

Richards Bay then put on a scor­ing spurt, lead­ing 35-26, and 42-26 af­ter dot­ting down two more tries be­fore con­ced­ing two to see the gap nar­row to 42-33 then 42-40.

Col­le­gians were at this stage dom­i­nant, es­pe­cially in the scrums, but an in­ter­cept try con­verted by Dannhauser brought the fi­nal score line to 49-40.

Scor­ers for the Bay: Ste­vie Meyer, Ryn­hardt Scheep­ers, Jors Dannhauser Dy­lan Coul­son, Derik Eh­lers and Carel Swart and a penalty try.

The re­serve side had no an­swer to Col­le­gians in their Wylie Cup cur­tain raiser.Down 24-0 at half time, the

Bay boys staged a brave come­back, scor­ing two tries in the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half.

How­ever, they could not sus­tain the pres­sure and even­tu­ally went down 39-10.

The Bay sides now travel to Kings Park on Fri­day to take on Col­lege Rovers.

Play­maker supreme, Jors Dannhauser feeds the ball to the lively Thando Mbatha Dave Sa­vides

Jar­ryd Mose­ley had a great game for the re­serve side

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