After turning their season around with two victories at the Wynberg festival, Rondebosch are confident of beating SACS this Saturday.
Rondebosch downed the previously unbeaten St Stithians 32-10 last Saturday, before seeing off St Benedict’s 34-7 on Monday.
‘The wins were great for team morale,’ Rondebosch coaching-coordinator Gareth Wright told keo.co.za. ‘The attitude, commitment and spacing on defence was markedly improved from our display against Paarl Gym.’
But Wright believes the 59-6 drubbing inflicted on the Bosch boys by a rampant Gimmies outfit earlier in the season was not a fair reflection of the quality of the sides.
‘I don’t feel they were 50 points better than us,’ said Wright. ‘The boys lacked match fitness, and as such we were found wanting out wide in the final 15 minutes, when they piled on the majority of their points.’
Rondebosch have used that loss as a learning experience.
‘Naturally you take more from a loss,’ said Wright. ‘The players realised they had a lot of work ahead. What’s been evident since the big defeat is a shift in the boys’ attitude. They definitely wanted the wins more [against St Stithians and St Benedict's].’
Wright expects his side’s next clash against SACS to be a testing encounter.
‘SACS are traditionally good at the breakdown and competitive across the park, and will definitely be eager to take a Rondebosch scalp,’ he said. ‘We’re looking to maintain the momentum we’ve built with the last two wins. If we stick to our game plan – which was missing in the loss to Paarl Gym – and look after the ball, we’ll be in a good position to win the game.’
By Rory Keohane