Hosts DF Malan were dominated by a strong forward showing from Brackenfell, who took the match 15-3 in front of the Bellville crowd.
With ascendancy up front from the offset (despite a lighter pack), Brackenfell were always in command. Particularly dominant in the set piece and making metres with impressive drives, the visitors restricted DF Malan to their 22m area for extended periods and pressure mounted.
Brackenfell’s Danie Janse van Rensburg (hooker) and Rynard Archer (eighthman) were standouts, and the later barreled over from a 5m lineout to open the scoring. Saturated with ball won up front, the visitors’ Cheslin Kolbe (inside centre) and Ruan Botma (wing) were unlucky to be denied tries on numerous occasions following fine penetrative running – DF Malan’s saving grace was their fullback Johan Klint and flyhalf Zandre Herselman with outstanding cover defence.
But when DF Malan’s defence hesitated, Brackenfell capitalised; flyhalf Raymond Olivier darting over in the 27th minute. DF Malan attacked doggedly, determined to limit the half-time deficit, but were unable to cross due to resolute defence and the score remained 12-3 at the half.
The second half was a dog fight; first time tackling and increased composure saw neither side give an inch. Only a Brackenfell penalty altered the half-time score, shutting down the match with the majority of possession.
In Stellenbosch, Paul Roos soundly beat visitors Rondebosch, with greater possession and patience with the ball in hand setting up a 26-10 lead at the break.
Rondebosch saved face with a spirited fight back in the second half, with a greater defensive effort and increased continuity. But with the 16-point half-time deficit, their efforts would not be enough to waylay a flowing Paul Roos backline and a 38-17 loss. Star fullback Craig Barry featured for the Stellenbosch side, scoring two of their six tries.
In other results Bishops finished strongly against Wynberg (who showed a marked improvement after being drubbed 101-0 by Paarl Gym last week), winning 38-20 after being level at 10 apiece at the half.
Stellenberg, fresh from their push against Bishops last week, showed their strength against an underwhelming Bellville Tech with a 56-3 beating, and Paarl Boys brushed past Boland Agricultural 38-17.