RIGHT wing Christo van Eeden scored three of Brandwag’s six tries as the Uitenhage side overwhelmed Otto du Plessis 38-13 in Algoa Park on Saturday.
Otto, playing with a strong westerly wind at their backs, were competitive in the first half and only trailed 14-6 at the break. But once Brandwag got the wind in their sails, they played some delightful rugby to score four second-half tries.
Brandwag flyhalf Malcolm Jaer, who contributed 13 points with a try and four conversions, was impressive.
It took only nine minutes for Van Eeden to score his first try after a scrum resulted in a full backline movement, which saw him canter in. Jaer slotted the difficult conversion from the touchline.
Otto, using the wind to their advantage, kept themselves within touching distance with two penalties by Jason van Jaarsveld.
But just before the break Van Eeden again showed a good turn of pace, side- stepped the defence and scored in the corner. Jaer added the two points once again.
Playing the second half into the wind was always going to be testing for Otto, and so it proved as Brandwag scored three tries within 12 minutes of the restart.
The first was scored by Jaer, the next by hardworking flank Anthony MacDonald and Van Eeden rounded off his hat-trick with the third try in that period.
Jaer slotted two of the conversions for a 33-6 lead.
The visitors, whose forwards dominated proceedings, completed the rout when fullback Derick du Toit scored following some good driving work by MacDonald.
Otto scored a consolation try through prop and captain Lyle Lombard, which was converted by Van Jaarsveld.
Marlow v Framesby
TRY-MACHINE Bart le Roux made the score sheet again as Framesby continued their good form to whip Marlow 40-18 in Cradock on Saturday.
The Framesby prop, who has now managed seven tries in his last three games, scored one of his side’s five tries in perfect conditions for rugby.
Marlow were strong in the first 10 minutes, but the visitors eventually took over physically and turned 28-8 up at the break. Marlow came back early in the second half, attacking especially with left wing Juandre Fourie, who was their star player on the day.
But the last quarter of the game belonged to Framesby, with their flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg dominating proceedings with his booming boot.
Framesby’s tries were scored by prop Bart le Roux, lock Erwin Slabbert, left wing Tiaan Daniel and centres Jaco Barnardo and Jean Mouton. Stapelberg kicked three conversions and three penalties.
For Marlow, Fourie and Chris Hoffman dotted down while fullback Dirk van Wyk added a conversion and two penalties.