Bishops are determined to improve despite racking up 46 points against SACS in the weekend’s Western Cape derby match, where handling cost them a big win.
Errors in set-play in the opposition 22 and an incomplete second half performance from Bishops let SACS with a degree of respectability in front of their home crowd.
‘Look it’s always tough to be at the top of your game at every instance with so much ball at your disposal,’ 1st XV coach Dave Mallet told the Weekend Argus, ‘But the chaps must begin to understand they need to be playing high-tempo rugby throughout their 70 minutes in order to reap the end result.’
The score began ticking over after a tight first five minutes, with Bishop’s inside centre Paul Kuiper beating one and too quick for SACS’ scrambling defence for a 40m effort. A Tim Swizel penalty had Bichops out to an eight point lead, before Kuiper again made a mockery of the SACS defenders, and gifted flyhalf Dillyn Leyds a try to go 15 points up.
SACS hemorrhaged penalties throughout the match, and with sloppy ball handling were never able to compete with the polished Bishops lineup. But there was hope for the home side in the 23rd minute, when replacement wing Zade Fogel handed off two defenders before crossing the line to narrow the gap to 15-7. However Bishops scored shortly after through eighthman James Crowson to once again put SACS under pressure.
The second half heralded five more Bishops tries (to Tim Swiel, Nathan Nel, Liam Peterson and Dino Loizedes) but the visitors, who often opted for touch kicks rather than three pointers, repeatedly squandered the opportunity to bury SACS. Mallet believes his side has plenty of work to do before they’ve hit their peak.
‘I’ll take the win, but hard work needs to be put it if we are to be viewed as serious contenders for top Cape team this season.’