Aliwal-Noord went the 160 km to Queenstown and beat hosts Hangklip 30-8, a surprisingly big victory.
There was not much in it at half-time as the visitors had conceded many penalties and led just 11-8. The home side could have been far ahead but missed five penalty kicks at goal, two of them from in front.
Inn the first half each side scored a try. The Hangklip try was a brilliant solo effort by their speedy fullback Gerrit Marais. Aliwal-Noord's try was scored by hooker Glen Pletzen with lots of help from the other forwards.
Hangklip did not score in the second half while Aliwal-Noord scored three more tries. Centre Caylen du Plessis got two similar tries - chasing a kick, catching a defender and stealing the ball to score. The last try was scored by big Marius Croucamp who burst away with a great turn of speed to beat the fullback and score.
It was a happy bus that made the journey home to Aliwal North.
Tries: Glen Pletzen, Caylen du Plessis 2, Marius Croucamp
Cons: Jan Daniël Schmidt, Willem Venter
Pens: Jan Daniël Schmidt, Willem Venter
Try: Gerrit Marais
Pen: Johannes Roodt
Hangklip: 15 Gerrit Marais, 14 Chessry Solomons, 13 Marco Marais, 12 Johannes Roodt, 11 Darren Davids, 10 Liam Rittles, 9 Jeandré Smit, 8 Brendon Muller, 7 Ryno van Schalkwyk, 6 Louwie Pretorius, 5 Morné Hartzenberg, 4 Armand Pieterse, 3 Erwin Bosman, 2 Lourens Myburg, 1 Stefanus Scherman
Aliwal-Noord: 15 Martin Bezuidenhoud, 14 Carian Berenos, 13 Caylen du Plessis, 12 Jan Adam Watkins, 11 Jan Daniël Schmidt, 10 Willem Venter, 9 Nicolaas Poone, 8 JJ Oosthuizen (captain), 7 Marco Kruger, 6 Jaco Olivier, 5 Marius Croucamp, 4 Danie de Kock, 3 Stefan Kruger, 2 Glen Pletzen, 1 Anton Coetzer
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