Bosch claim big scalp

Rondebosch survived a late onslaught from visiting Drostdy before securing a gutsy 18-14 win.

It was sweet success for the home side and the first time this season that they have been able to string together consecutive wins. And to do it against a team ranked in the top 20 nationally, offers hope of a brighter finish to an otherwise disappointing season with back-to-back derbies against Wynberg (won first encounter) and in-form Bishops (lost) respectively.

Drostdy started the game looking the more threatening and put together a number of promising phases before impressive fullback Michael de Boer’s try-brace, which he converted to give his side a commanding 14-3 lead. Bosch landed a penalty from the boot of Keenan Kleinsmith before a well-worked move set in motion by a dominant pack saw loosehead prop Joel Carew crash over for the unconverted try.

Bosch then played to their strengths in the second half, their forwards, to turn the tide in their favour. And when star performer on the day, No 8 Raÿn Smïdt outstripped the defence with pure pace for his solo score, converted by Hilio de Abreu to make it 18-14, the scent of an upset win was on the cards.

But Bosch made life difficult for themselves in the final 11 minutes with the yellow-carding of hooker Michael van Niekerk. The visitors seized the moment and launched one raid after another deep inside Bosch’s half, but a valiant all-round defensive effort kept them at bay.

By Mike de Bruyn