Jeppe Eventually Subdue Waterkloof
Hoërskool Waterkloof hosted Jeppe High School for Boys in Pretoria on Saturday. Jeppe won 41-26.
The foundation for Jeppe’s victory was their big, dominant pack and their handling skills. Waterkloof were certainly willing and eager but they were prone to handling errors.
In the first half an hour of the match, matters were even, ending in fact at 12-all. But as Jeppe switched to pick-n-go, their forwards got on top and 17 minutes later the score was 38-12.
After this, in the haphazard ending to a deciding match, Klofies scored two tries which made the score look less lopsided.
Waterkloof started attacking but Jeppe scored first, A penalty gave them an attacking line-out and they bashed along the Waterkloof line till it got to flyhalf Declan Raubenheimer a stride or two from the left corner. The sturdy flyhalf scored. 5-0 after 6 minutes.
Waterkloof came running back and going left, they produced an overlap as Wikus Lindeque drew and passed to left wing Boipelo Kgatlhanye, who scored in the left corner. 5-5 after 11 minutes.
Jeppe botched the kick-off and from the scrum in the middle of the half-way line Waterkloof attacked on the right and big, fast Julian Bogner went racing away but put a foot in touch.
Jeppe had their attacking moments, thanks for two excellent breaks by scrumhalf Kabelo Mokheti but Klofies scored next. They got into the Jeppe half and Jeppe were penalised. Bogner tapped quickly and strode away for a try under the posts. Flyhalf Ian Trollip converted and Waterkloof led 12-5 after 24 minutes.
Jeppe set their forwards bashing ahead, and big flank Evan Roode, a lock for the Golden Lions at Craven Week, scored 12-12.
Then just before half-time, Jeppe were back battering at Waterkloof’s last-ditch defences when the ball went to flank Vuyane Nqaba who dodged defenders with quick footwork and scored at the posts.
In the second half, Waterkloof lost a man to the sin bin. While he was absent for 10 minutes. Jeppe scored 19 points and the score became 38-12. With five minutes to go in the match, the same player was again yellow carded and yellow became a sad red.
Jeppe attacked going left. Fullback Julian Coetzee broke and raced downfield. Challenged, he passed inside to outside centre James Msimanga, who scored under the posts. 26-12.
Msimanga got a second try when Jeppe’s phases produced an overlap for him. 31-12.
Jeppe mauled at a line-out on their right and then went right where Raubenheimer accelerated past four defenders to score his second try. 38-12.
Waterkloof were attacking when Jeppe were penalised in front of their posts and five metres from their line. Klofies tapped and inside centre Theunis Pretorius forced his way over for a try. 38-19.
With five minutes to play Waterkloof were penalised for a high tackle and Raubenheimer goaled. 41-19.
Back came Waterkloof. From a line-out on their left near the Jeppe 22, Klofies went wide right, back left, right again with a big effort from lock Armand Fleidl. They ran some more and No.8 Wikus Lindeque cut through and scored. Trollip converted.
There were two minutes to play which gave Jeppe a chance to bash at the Klofies’ line, but they lost the ball in a turnover, and there was no addition to the score.
Tries: Boipelo Kgatlhanye, Julian Bogner, Theunis Pretorius, Wikus Lindeque
Cons: Ian Trollip 3
Tries: Declan Raubenheimer 2, Evan Roode, Vuyane Nqaba, James Msimanga 2
Cons: Declan Raubenheimer 4
Pen: Declan Raubenheimer
Waterkloof: 15 Brendon Melamed, 14 Julian Bogner, 13 Brendon Katzke, 12 Theunis Pretorius, 11 Boipelo Kgatlhanye, 10 Ian Trollip, 9 Divan Roelofse, 8 Wikus Lindeque, 7 Juandré Jooste, 6 Eckard Boshoff (captain), 5 Richard van den Berg, 4 Armand Fleidl, 3 Aidan Viljoen, 2 Renaldo Kuppen, 1 Jason Hattingh
Jeppe: 15 Jordan Coetzee, 14 Hugo Monteiro, 13 James Msimanga, 12 Boitumelo Tsatsane, 11 Sipho Vayise, 10 Declan Raubenheimer, 9 Kabelo Mokheti, 8 Michael de Kock, 7 Evan Roode, 6 Vuyane Nqaba, 5 Kegan Litchfield, 4 Edward White, 3 Sibu Shongwe, 2 Karel Zowitsky, 1 Kyle Everton
Referee: Niel Bosman (Blue Bulls Referees’ Society)