Noord-Kaap played host to their townsfolk from Diamantveld in an FNB Classic Clash on Saturday and then beat them 44-7, their biggest victory ever over their Griqua rivals.
Before the match Henk Brand's men were nervous and took a lot of emotion into the game. Early it seemed that they had every right to be nervous when they lost fullback Henco Olivier who broke his eye-socket in four places. He was replaced by Vuyani Maqina.
Then Diamantveld scored a strange try. They kicked an up-and-under which hit the Noord-Kaap crossbar and bounced back into the field of play. Landing the ball then went into in-goal where wing Ronaldo fell on the ball for the try, Diamantveld's only try of the match.
The rest of the half, and indeed of the match, belonged to the home side who led 22-7 at the break.
The chief points' scorer was flyhalf Kobus du Plessis who scored a try, two penalties and four conversions for 19 points.
Coach Henk Brand was unwilling to single out any individual saying: "The full team were awesome and played their hearts out."
Tries: Zane le Roux, Dompel van der Walt 2, Pikkie Nortjé, Berne Bergh, Kobus du Plessis
Cons: Kobus du Plessis 4
Pens: Kobus du Plessis 2
Try: Renaldo Abrahams
Con: André Roberts
Diamantveld: 15 Granville Adams, 14 Ronaldo Abrahams, 13 Ernst Coetzee, 12 Ruan Roets, 11 Eddie Rall, 10 Elrico Fielies, 9 Curtley Kiewiet, 8 Herman Scholtz, 7 André Roberts (captain), 6 Graham de Reuck, 5 Adriaan Smit, 4 LP Potgieter, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Nico van der Westhuizen, 1 Boetie Maketlo
Replacements: 16 Jean McLean, 17 Stephan Malan, 18 Stephen de Pradines, 19 AJ Jaquire, 20 Jacques Nel, 21 Lucky Mpete, 22 Dries du Plooy
Coach: MJ Smith
Noord-Kaap: 15 Henco Olivier, 14 Heinrich van der Walt, 13 Dawid Minnie, 12 Len le Roux, 11 Charlton Koopman, 10 Kobus du Plessis, 9 Zane le Roux, 8 Jaco Buys, 7 Christiaan de Haast, 6 Hendrik du Plessis, 5 Pikkie Nortjé, 4 Gilbert Chalmers, 3 Berné Bergh, 2 Waldo Botha, 1 Gerhard Roux
Coach: Henk Brand, Dirk Cloete
2003: Noord-Kaap won 18-13
2003: Diamantveld won 24-22
2004: Noord-Kaap won 22-20
2004: Noord-Kaap won 13-10
2005: Diamantveld won 26-18
2006: Noord-Kaap won 11-10
2006: Diamantveld won 48-16
2007: Diamantveld won 17-11
2007: Diamantveld won 28-0
2008: Noord-Kaap won 27-24
2009: Noord-Kaap won 24-13
2010: Noord-Kaap won 21-12
2010: Noord-Kaap won 44-7
Since 2006, the matches have been FNB Classic Clashes.
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