Durbeez Make Merry Under A Blazing Sun

No thoroughfare!  Parel Vallei hooker Shane Beukes is unable to breach the Rondebosch defence during his side’s 73-11 away defeat on Saturday 11 May 2019.  (photo: Adré Knipe)

Durbanville successfully exorcised the demons of their 84-17 home thrashing in 2017 at the hands of Brackenfell by hammering their Western Province B tier stablemates 71-10 at the same venue on Saturday 25 May 2019.

What started out as a typically chilly winter’s morning gradually developed into uncomfortably hot conditions for rugby with the mercury almost topping the 30-degree mark by the end of the main game.

In fact, the heat became so intense that the two sets of coaches asked the referee to allow a water break just after midway through the second half.

The Brakke was under the cosh almost from the kick-off when a wild pass in defence put the visitors’ tryline under pressure, which was only relieved when the hosts went offside at a ruck.

Flyhalf Raven Smith put the ball out thirty metres from his goal line, but the home forwards simply drove the ball back, forcing the visitors to transgress at a ruck.  From the ensuing five-metre line-out, set up by pivot Hanno van Biljon, the ball reached lock Vince van Dyk who barrelled his way over for the first of his side’s eleven tries.  (Durbanville 5 Brackenfell 0 - 5 minutes)

The next passage of play epitomised the visitors’ lack of cohesion.

The hosts attacked again from the kick-off but found themselves forced into touch on the Brakke 22.  When Durbanville was penalised for being offside at the line-out, the visitors threw a wild pass, which they, fortunately, picked up, but then kicked directly into touch.

Powerful scrummaging forced Brackenfell to concede a penalty at a set scrum, but the home team seemed to have lost the advantage when they were blown up twice in quick succession for not releasing the ball.

It seemed certain that the visitors would score as they exploited an overlap, but they chose to kick ahead, allowing home full-back Patrick Kotze to field the ball safely.

Brackenfell scrumhalf Brandon Jafta managed to find a good touch when the hosts were penalised for backchatting the referee, but Durbeez tighthead Janlu Basson broke free from the line-out before feeding outside centre Willem Jansen, who dived over in the corner. (Durbanville 10 Brackenfell 0 - 18 minutes)

It was Durbanville’s turn to throw a wild pass with an overlap begging after the restart, but scrumhalf Ruan Steyn managed to rescue the situation.

With the Brakke putting several attacking moves together, it came as a surprise when the hosts hacked through a loose ball for right-wing Tyrick Johannes to pick up and sprint in virtually unchallenged from thirty metres.  Van Biljon converted. (Durbanville 17 Brackenfell 0 - 23 minutes)

Next, it was Van Dyk who initiated a powerful Durbies drive, but the promising movement broke down due to a forward pass, probably because the hosts were already enjoying more possession than they were used to.

Eventually, Van Biljon set up a line-out seven metres from the visitors’ tryline.  The ball was duly shuttled down the backline, allowing Johannes to dot down his second five-pointer.  (Durbanville 22 Brackenfell 0 - 28 minutes)

Home no. 8 Ruben Jooste then went on a penetrative run before a knock-on allowed the Brakke to retaliate, only a forward pass robbing them of a certain try.

The hosts’ response was devastating.  Attacking audaciously from within their own 22, they were rewarded with a spectacular try by inside centre Corné Oliphant, who rounded off a sweeping 75-metre movement.  Kotze took over tee duties and converted coolly, as he was to do with all the subsequent tries. (Durbanville 29 Brackenfell 0 - 34 minutes)

The Durbeez seemed set to score again immediately, Steyn’s delicate touch kick being spoiled by a poor line-out throw.  The half ended with Brackenfell attempting to run the ball out of defence. Half-time: Durbanville 29 Brackenfell 0.

The visitors showed determination from the start of the second period, Jafta gaining twenty valuable metres before right wing Theo Jacobs was brought down just short of the line.  However, this time their persistence paid off as Jacobs sniped through to score.  (Durbanville 29 Brackenfell 5 - 39 minutes)

Unfortunately, it was back to business as usual virtually immediately, a Brackenfell chip flying directly into touch and their attempt to clear shortly afterwards bouncing to an unmarked Steyn, who happily fell on the ball.  (Durbanville 36 Brackenfell 5 - 42 minutes)

The home pack continued to demonstrate their superiority with the ball in hand, loosehead Wiaan Schmidt setting up a strong attack, only a poorly directed pass denying the home team another try.

It wasn’t long, however, before an offside penalty allowed Durbanville to set up an attacking line-out, which they forced over the Brackenfell line, bustling hooker Ronaldo Ismail being credited with the try. (Durbanville 43 Brackenfell 5 - 46 minutes)

The visitors’ woes were further exacerbated when more than half the home team handled in a move which was finished off by Kotze. (Durbanville 50 Brackenfell 5 - 49 minutes)

A surfeit of possession was causing the hosts to become overconfident and another potential try went begging due to a poor pass, which allowed the Brakke to put in a welcome drive, but they could make little headway.

The water break seemed only to renew the hosts’ resolve, left-wing Jemile Sauls taking a pinpoint Steyn pass on the blind side to add his name to the scoresheet. (Durbanville 57 Brackenfell 5 - 53 minutes)

Man of the Match Schmidt was again prominent as the hosts threatened to run amok, but it took shoddy handling by the visitors to present the Durbeez with their tenth try. Johannes registering his hat-trick virtually unopposed. (Durbanville 64 Brackenfell 5 - 58 minutes)

Brackenfell put in another determined attack, only for a knock-on with the open line beckoning to dash their hopes for the umpteenth time.

Van Biljon pushed them back to the halfway line, but scrappy play from both sides meant that neither team could gain any advantage.  Eventually, the home side’s persistence was rewarded when Jooste completed their scoring (Durbanville 71 Brackenfell 5- 67 minutes)

It says much for the outgunned visitors that not even at this stage did they throw in the towel and full-back Justin de Kock took them into double figures right on the final whistle.  Final score: Durbanville 71 Brackenfell 10.

It is difficult to have to say it, but Brackenfell were often their own worst enemies in that they almost expected things to go awry, with the anticipated negative consequences.  They have been subjected to so many defeats that they seem unable to embrace a positive, winning attitude.

The home team are themselves unlikely to have learnt much about themselves from this largely one-sided outing, but the handling of the forwards as a unit plus the timely emergence of Kotze as a dependable placekicker will be just two of the positives.

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