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Friday Night Lights

Under the Friday nights lights in the school stadium of Hoerskool Wilgerivier, the Titans u13 VKB Team would face their final game before, hopefully booking their place into the final for the Saturday. On this cold Friday night, they would face a Griffons side that was hoping to book their place into the final spot. In another tightly contested battle that would see the winner emerge into the finals berth the following day, both teams came out guns blazing and tested their opposite numbers early on.

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With an unchanged side, the Titans Team would set the tempo early, and after ten minutes would go over the try line, with a well worked try. Ronan Audier and Kelvin Robertson put the Titans on the front foot with pick and goes from the base of the breakdown. Both going over the advantage line and making some serious metres. This was followed by a quick backline move, which saw Matt St Clair played into space and cover some serious ground before a pop up to Jannes Potgieter who took the ball up directly into support. From there a quick recycled ball by Joshua Ribeiro, having a go at the channel and some quick passing to Liam Rowan who would pop the ball to Tiaan Kleyhnans to see him go over the line and put the Titans team up by five points to nothing. Unfortunately the conversion would be missed, but the Titans team would not read anything into that and kept forging on.

The other highlight of the first half would have to be that of the tackle from Cole “Jonah Lomu” Knight, we don’t like to encourage the hurting of any players, but the thunderous hit could be heard all around the high school stadium, and the crowd appreciation was heard above all else. In some ways that monstrous hit would set the tone for the rest of the game and ensure that the Titans team did not back down.

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The second half was started with an unexpected mistake, after a dropped pass and a missed tackle, the Griffons team would go on to run the ball into the corner and level the score at five a piece. This would later be followed by more heart break, as after a number of tackles within their twenty two, Liam Rowan, would go down and injure his right elbow very badly, requiring for a medical evacuation procedure. The Titans team though, would take unconditional resolve from this and defended for a constant twelve minutes not letting the Griffon team cross their try line.

Strong defence and encouraged by team spirit saw the Titans Team step up and play out of their skin.

– Ben-Piet Lotter (Titans u13 Assistant Coach)

Deep into the dying minutes of the game and from within their twenty two, the Titans launched a counter attack, which would see some sleek passing, a couple of drives by the forwards, two magical runs by Matt St Clair, and a quick pick and go from Joss Theophanous, who laid off to Zack Momberg to score a try. The Titans would not convert, and went ahead on a ten to five lead.

The Titans team from there would go on to close out the game and finish the day with three wins from three and see themselves into the final against a Western Cubs team, not only filled with provincial players, but having destroyed every opponent that they had faced by nothing less than forty points. A huge challenge, but one that is left for tomorrow. For now, the Titans team will take with them the win, keep their team mate in the hearts and push on.

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MATCH SUMMARY:

Final Score Titans Rugby 10 (5) KOSH 5 (0)

 

Scorers:

Titans Rugby
Tries – Kleyhnans, Momberg
Con –

Man of the Match – Matt St Clair
 
 

Team(s):

Titans Rugby
1- Teo Cioffi
2- Brandon Delport
3- Ronan Audier
4- Lardo De Beer
5- Zack Momberg
6- Joss Theophanous
7- Kelvin Robertson
8- Liam Zocchi-Dommann
9- Joshua Ribeiro
10- Liam Rowan
11- Cole Knight
12- Jannes Potgieter
13- Tiaan Kleyhnans
14- Callum Arnesen
15- Matt St Clair

16- Ricky De Oliveira
17- Kyle Oliff
18- Patrick De Villiers
19- Ethan Ruhfus
20- Jake Brittan
21- Cameron vd Heever
22- Lesego Lduvo
23- Sam Klinkert (inj)

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