Boland Landbou flyhalf Duren Hendricks missed a match-defining penalty as they lost 14-12 against Oakdale Landbou in Riversdale on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
The agricultural schools derby ended in dramatic fashion when Oakdale, with a two-point lead, opted to wind down the clock and see out the game with a series of pick and go’s in their 22.
Fourteen-man Boland won a turnover penalty, affording Duren Hendricks the chance to line up what would have been the match-winning kick. But the No 10 sliced his attempt, sending Oakdale and their supporters, who streamed on to the field, into a celebration frenzy.
Earlier in this intense contest, it took until the 19th minute before the deadlock was broken when scrumhalf Mills Nel landed a long-range penalty to put Boland 3-0 up.
Conceding those points seemed to spur on the hosts, and soon after the restart captain and inside centre Jay-Cee Nel ran a brilliant line to score a self-converted try. That lead was doubled just before the interval when prop Dian Bleuler powered over from close quarters.
Trailing 14-3 at the start of the second half, Boland upped the ante by putting the pressure back on Oakdale. But the hosts were unmoved and defended their line.
Oakdale’s resistance forced Boland to kick at goal to accumulate points. Mills slotted three successive penalties to reduce the deficit to two. With his team on the front foot, Mills received a yellow card for shouting at the referee about a decision that went against Boland.
His petulant act proved to be costly, as the responsibility fell to Hendricks to win the match for Boland with his first kick of the game. Ultimately, the pressure was too much for Hendricks, and Oakdale survived.
Oakdale – Tries: Jay-Cee Nel, Dian Bleuler. Conversions: Nel (2).
Boland Loandbou – Penalties: Mills Nel (4).
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