Monnas suffer shock loss

Florida scored a last-minute try to beat Monument 13-12 in a Golden Lions macro schools league match on Saturday.

Monnas led 12-6 with time just about up when Florida were awarded a penalty close to their opponent’s tryline. Hooker Wiaan Fourie took a quick tap and scored under the posts, and flyhalf Juan Vos converted to secure the win.

Earlier winger Chad van Niekerk and hooker Rikus van Niekerk had dotted down for Monument, one of which was converted by Marais Schmidt. Vos also kicked two penalties for Florida.

A frustrated Monnas coach Wynand Moolman told keo.co.za that a bad performance seemed to follow every good one from his side and that, following their excellent performance in beating Affies last week, this latest defeat was somehow inevitable.

‘We simply didn’t turn up,’ he said. ‘Maybe the 11 players who will be playing for the Golden Lions against the Valke on Tuesday had one eye on that game, knowing that the final Craven Week squad will be announced afterwards, or maybe it was because we were up against our neighbours, but we were outplayed on the day.’

Not that Monnas didn’t have their chances. Their forwards won enough of the ball but their backs were strangely hesitant.

‘Poor decision-making and bad handling cost us a number of tries and our tactical kicking was poor,’ said Moolman.

Florida have now won both their matches in the truncated, three-school league – they beat Marais Viljoen 55-22 last week.

Monument host Marais Viljoen this Saturday, and should they win, they will meet Florida again in the Golden Lions final on 24 July.