Monument edged Selborne 19-12 on day three to finish as one of three undefeated teams at the Kearsney Easter Festival.
Both sides boasted perfect two-from-two records coming into this clash, but in the end the boys from Krugersdorp did enough to inflict a seven-point loss on Selborne to round off their stay at the festival with a third straight win.
Selborne dominated the opening 10 minutes, but had nothing to show for their efforts after David Coetzer skewed a penalty. Monument slowly got into their work, but once they started to exert sustained pressure, Selborne simply couldn’t defend their line.
Following a pin-point kick to the corner, Monnas managed to get turnover possession at the ruck that developed from the lineout, and scrumhalf Tinus Combrinck darted over for a converted try. That lead was extended when hooker Morne Brandon crashed over at the stroke of half-time for a 12-0 scoreline.
After the break, Coetzer made up for his earlier error with a brilliant long-range kick to set up a lineout on the 5m line. A rolling maul was set up from the lineout and hooker Mark Venter went over, with Coetzer splitting the uprights with his conversion attempt.
Monnas didn’t buckle under the pressure that followed and when they pinched the ball at another ruck, it was moved down the line before fullback Dandre Prinsloo ran straight to score in the corner. Selborne closed the gap again when lanky lock Stephan Nieuwenhuizen scored to make it a seven-point game. But despite all their pressing in the closing stages of the contest, Monnas defended valiantly to keep them at bay to secure the victory.
Elsewhere, hosts Kearsney ended their event on a high with a 24-13 win over Queen’s, Dale pipped Middelburg 22-21, EG Jansen’s poor run of form continued with a 29-21 defeat at the hands of Framesby, and tournament newcomers Drostdy made it three from three with a 22-5 triumph over Pretoria Boys’.
Photo: Tracey van Aardweg/Kearsney