Maties thrashed Buffalo 91-20 on the first day of the National Club Championship.
The first round winners advance to the Cup competition whilst the losers will contest the Plate. The four additional Easter Tournament clubs will also be included in the Plate after playing amongst themselves on the first day.
Reigning champions Pukke got off to a winning start against Kimberley Police, while one of the two invited teams, Wes Bank, caused an upset by beating Pumas champions Middelburg in their first-ever performance at the tournament.
Old Greys winger Christo Swiegelaar scored four tries as his side ran out 45-22 winners over Springs.
University of Stellenbosch (32) 91 vs Buffalo (13) 20
Maties fielded arguably their strongest line-up to set up a well-crafted and one-sided win over Border champions Buffalo. Maties scored 13 tries to two. With the likes of wing Joe Pietersen, centre Sarel Potgieter, scrumhalf Henoe Stoffberg, number eight Bennie Booysen and hooker Michael Laubcher in their ranks, Maties proved far too strong for a Buffalo side that early on appeared eager to make a contest of the match. Maties ran in four tries in the first half, punishing their opponents for some aimless kicking out of their half.
The best of the four tries was scored by Potgieter after a devastating break by Pietersen had split the Buffalo defence. Despite Matiesâ€™ dominance, Buffalo took advantage of the few chances they received to score tries either side of the half-time interval. However, by the time the game entered its final quarter, a rampant Maties had added five more tries, including two fantastic long-range efforts by replacement fullback Wigan Pekeur, to hold a commanding 63-20 lead.
A leg-weary Buffalo outfit had little left in the tank as the clock wound down, allowing Maties to run in a further four tries to complete the rout.
Scorers: Maties: Tries:. Louw Schabort (2), Andrew Wilkens, Joe Pietersen, Sarel Potgieter, Wigan Pekeur (2), Elgar Watts, Pieter Stoffberg (2), Bennie Booysen, Arno White, Donald Stevens. Conversions: Henoe Stoffberg (3), Donald Stevens (7). Penalties: Stoffberg (2)
Buffalo: Tries: Mark Wattrus, Dennis Taylor. Conversions: Jeffery Taljaardt (2) Penalties: Jeffery Taljaardt (2)
Pukke (24) 46 vs Kimberley Police (0) 5
Reigning champions Pukke showed that they will not surrender their title without a fight as they scored six tries to one to beat Kimberley Police 46-7.
The rugby wasnâ€™t pretty at times but it was effective with Pukke putting their big inside backs to good effect behind a dominant pack. Pukke took control of the match from the start and ran in three first half tries to change over 24-0 in front.
Loose forward Willem van der Wal, flyhalf Devan Eckard and impressive flanker Thabo Molete got tries whislt Eckardâ€™s trusty boot saw him convert all three scores and add a penalty goal. Pukke continued to dominate in the second half and had extended their lead to 31-0 within two minutes of the restart when fullback Jean Tiedt rounded off after some controlled build-up play.
Police got onto the scoresheet in the eighth minute of the second half when flanker Werner Meintjies drove over after some good forward play.
Pukke added three more tries in the second spell and Eckardâ€™s boot seldom failed as he weighed in with a personal tally of 26 points.
Scorers: Pukke: Tries: Willem van der Wal, Devan Eckard (2), Thabo Molete, Jean Tiedt, Quinton Kruger. Conversions: Eckard (5). Penalties: Devan Eckard (2)
Kimberley Police: Tries: Werner Meintjies. Conversions: Jaco Barendse Penalties:
University of Pretoria (12) 24 vs SK Walmers (12) 15
Tukkies scored two tries in the final ten minutes to win a contest in which precision triumphed over passion. A more controlled approach from the students saw them create four well-taken tries to cancel Walmers’ four penalties and a drop-goal. The SK Walmers traveling band added a touch of the Bo-Kaap to proceedings with its somewhat loud, but infectious, minstrel-style music.
The teams were level at 12-all at the break after a pulsating opening 40 minutes that saw the lead change hands three times. Walmers ran a lot of ball but all of their first half points came from the boot. Tukkies, relying on their forwards to set up a good attacking platform, benefited from two tries in the first half, scored by centre Rouan Cloete and flank Antonie Claasen. Midway through the second half, Walmers fullback Adnaan Osman kicked his fourth penalty to restore his sideâ€™s lead but a strong finish by Tukkies that produced tries by Claasen and replacement prop Gert van der Merwe ended a brave challenge by the Cape side.
Scorers: Tukkies: Tries: Rouan Cloete, Antonie Claasen (2), Gert van der Merwe. Conversions: Chandre Boshoff, Jaco Roos.
SK Walmers: Conversions: Penalties: Adnaan Osman (4). Drop-goal: Shafiek Judaar
University of Jhb (6) 16 vs Rawsonville (0) 12
The University of Johannesburg held on to score a narrow win over a dogged Rawsonville side that perhaps deserved more from the game. Despite making most of the play in the first half Rawsonville were unable to convert their opportunities into points and found themselves trailing 0-6 at the break.
On at least three occasions, the Boland champions had chances to score but let themselves down with poor options and failing to make the ball do the work. Within two minutes of the restart, UJ extended their lead when impressive inside centre Edrich van Tonder went in under the posts after some solid work by the pack.
Flyhalf Jeffrey Perkins converted to move the score to 13-0. Rawsonville were eventually rewarded for their enterprising play when they created an overlap, running out of their own 22 to send busy scrumhalf Ricardo Jones over for the try.
Flyhalf Louis Peens converted to reduce the deficit to six points. With 15 minutes to play Jones added a second try, sniping around the base after Rawsonville had secured possession from a lineout 5 metres from the UJ line. Peens was unable to convert, giving UJ a slender one-point cushion. With five minutes to play, de Klerk kicked a penalty to secure the win.
Scorers: UJ: Try: Edrich van Tonder. Conversion: Jeffrey Perkins. Penalties: Perkins, de Klerk. Drop-goal: Clinton de Klerk
Rawsonville: Tries: Ricardo Jones (2). Conversion:Louis Peens.
PE Police 43 (15) – Tries: Lionel Martin (2), Thean Muller, Sebastian Hilpert, Heinrich Dreyer, Frankie Robertson. Conversions: Devon Melville (5). Penalty: Melville.
Welkom Rugby Club 12 (0) – Tries: Martin Prinsloo (2). Conversion: Prinsloo.
Old Greys 45 (22) -Tries: Christo Swiegelaar (4), Lassie Nel, Wim Malan. Conversions: Barry Goodes (2), Lodewyk Strauss. Penalties: Strauss (3).
Springs 22 (3) – Tries: Shawn Botes (2), Marchel Fourie. Conversions: Ashley Buchner (2). Penalty: Buchner.
Wes Bank 31 (16) – Tries: Darrol Murray, Ewaan Liedeman, Ryno Gordon. Conversions: Jannie Barendse (2). Penalties: Barendse (4)
Middelburg 17 (7) – Tries: Tyrone Mayger (2). Conversions: Sys Kotze (2). Penalty: Mayger.
College Rovers 29 (15) – Tries: Chris Jordaan, Braden Ferreira (2), Sandile Nxumalo. Conversions: Chris Micklewood (2), Heath Wassink. Penalty: Wassink.
Evergreens 18 (8) – Tries: Joseph Fortuin, Marchel Potts. Conversion: Clayton Marks. Penalties: Marks (2).
Spring Rose 27 (19) – Tries: Lungisa January, Lusindiso Meleni, Sizwe July, Kwezi Yoyo. Conversions: Phumlani Mnikina (2) Penalty: Mnikina.
Young Killers 3 (3) – Penalty: Khatywa Orendani
Wanderers 25 (12) – Tries: Xolani Klaas, Loyiso Thompson, Xhanti Nogcazi, Loyiso Magethuka. Conversion: Klaas. Penalty: Klaas.
Swallows (0) 0
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