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In my preview of this game, I said that if Waterkloof wins this game it will be a surprise but definately as a big surprise as Waterkloof's win against Monnas in 2018. However, the manner in which this win was achieved must be said was simply put &&%@(* amazing.
Monnas started the game like a house on fire dominating Waterkloof in every aspect in the game. They dominated the scrums winning 4 tightheads on the day with Waterkloof also struggling to secure their own lineouts. Waterkloof scored two early long-distance tries in the first half to take a 14-0 lead after just 15 minutes. During this period Monnas set up camp in the Waterkloof 22 with only desperate defence by Waterkloof stopping the dam wall from collapsing.
The halftime score of 23-07 in favour of Waterkloof still had everybody favouring Monnas to win this game as they dominated possession and territory, although Waterkloof was getting more possession with the loosies of Waterkloof winning more than their fair share of the ball on the ground.
The second half was more of the same and with 15 minutes left on the clock and the Waterkloof's lead cut to 23-21 everybody gave Monnas the victory as predicted. However, Waterkloof hit back with a try with 10 minutes left on the clock to stretch their lead to 28-21 which was the final score.
Then followed the 10 most exciting minutes on a rugby field that I have witnessed in a long time. Monnas threw everything they had at the defence of Waterkloof, with a few players of Monnas disappearing into the toilets to rip out some basins and other "furniture" to also throw at Waterkloof. Monnas crossed the Waterkloof try line to secure a draw with time up on the clock and to the dismay of Monnas, it was judged to be knocked on.
Monnas will remember this game as the game they lost due to over-elaboration at the back and maybe one or two decisions that did not go their way, however, personally I will remember the game that again confirmed why I love schoolboy rugby. Waterkloof showed that if rugby is played with passion and commitment you not only can cause upsets but you definately will.
Waterkloof: Tries: Groenewald, du Randt, Langa Conversions: Trollip (2) Penalties: Trollip (3)
Monnas: Tries: van Wyk, Barnard, Goodman Conversion: Wentink, Hallat (2)