A strong second-half performance saw SACS claim a convincing 31-20 Classic Clash win against Wynberg on Saturday. OLLIE KEOHANE reports.
On a beautiful afternoon in the Cape Town southern suburbs, SACS took an early lead with a penalty from Jordy Hop, but Wynberg soon levelled the scores through Dom Kutseer.
Ten minutes later, SACS built momentum and went over for a try through inside centre Nick Redelinghuis, which gave them a 10-3 lead.
Good running play from Wynberg saw fullback Labib Kannemyer dot down to level the scores again, before Wynberg scored a try through flank Callum Steyn on the stroke of half-time to make it 17-10.
SACS started the second half strongly, and some good phase play saw prop Duncan Ferguson crashing over for his second try.
Soon after, a dummy and break from SACS scrumhalf Lucky Dlepu, followed by a draw and pass to Redelinghuys, resulted in another try that Hop converted from the touchline for a 24-17 lead. Kutseer then kicked his second penalty to narrow the gap.
The next 20 minutes were brutal, with both sides throwing themselves at each other. However, SACS were the more physically dominant side in the final quarter and their work rate at the breakdown and strong phase play allowed for flank Lance Steytler to score next to the poles from a pick and go. Hop slotted his fourth conversion.
Wynberg attacked strongly for the final three minutes, but SACS’ strong defence forced a turnover in the final minute. A kick into touch brought the physical encounter to an end.
Wynberg – Tries: Labib Kannemyer, Callum Steyn. Conversions: Dom Kutseer (2). Penalties: Kutseer (2).
SACS – Tries: Nick Redelinghuys (2), Duncan Ferguson, Lance Steytler. Conversions: Jordy Hop (4). Penalty: Hop.
Photo: Tania Robbertse/Wynberg