Menlopark Kick The Door Wide Open

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There was a lot of permutations of who will join the Garsfontein, Monnas and Helpmekaar in the VirSeker Cup 1stXV playoffs'. Everybody forgot about Menlopark as they had to play Monnas and win to secure the fourth spot and much of the discussion was if it was going to be Waterkloof who had to travel to Middelburg or, could EG Jansen sneak in through the back door after beating Menlopark 29-17 the previous weekend.

However, today Menlopark must be seen as a serious contender to their crown as they and Helpmekaar will be the least affected by the SA u/18 International Series being played over the next two weeks.

Monnas had to deal with an injury to the inside centre Collins which resulted in Goodman starting off the bench at flyhalf with JJ vd Walt moving to inside centre from the word go.

Menlopark struggled from the word go in the scrums and the lineouts with Menlopark's defence keeping them in the game. Although most of Menlo's possession came from the hard work of their loosies on the ground they scored two tries, one converted in the first half to lead 12-3 at halftime.

The second half saw a disjoined Monnas still struggling at the back but did outscore Menlopark two tries, by their forwards, to one in the half to narrow the score to 22-15 which was also the final score.

Monnas secured a home semifinal against Helpmekaar next weekend after the try by Weideman late in the second half, as this helped them to earn one bonus point from the match. Monnas and Helpmekaar ended both on 32 log point but Monnas' better points difference was the deciding factor.

Scorers:
Menlopark: Tries: Oosthuizen, Cortius, #11. Conversions: Beukes(2). Penalty: Beukes.
Monnas: Tries: Pohlman, Weideman. Conversion: Hallat. Penalty: Goodman.