Mamie book spot in Gold Cup finals

2018-09-19 06:01
Referee Mike Collier keeps a watchful eye on the Motherwell RFC and Kwaru RFC forwards.                         Photos:SELBY MADIKANE

Referee Mike Collier keeps a watchful eye on the Motherwell RFC and Kwaru RFC forwards. Photos:SELBY MADIKANE

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MOTHERWELL RFC proved beyond a doubt that they are the team to beat in the Eastern Cape, after they booked themselves a berth in the EP Rugby Gold Cup finals.

Mamie, as the Motherwell side is known amongst their supporters, narrowly beat the high riding Kwaru RFC 20 –16 during the semi-finals that were played at Motherwell NU 1 Rugby Stadium on Saturday.

Playing in front of scores of fans, Mamie supporters did not wait too long for points to come because their sure-footed fly half, Lucas Sirayi, put his side 3-0 up after kicking a penalty over the poles in the fifth minute.

The Elephants, as Kwaru are affectionately called by supporters, did not give up and registered their first try courtesy of Phumlani Gqadu to take the lead 5-3 in the eighth minute.

The Elephants increased their lead to 8-3 after Awonke Dyeshana kicked his penalty successfully in the 15th minute.

Mamie supporters did not lose any hope because their heroes made them happy after Sirayi made a solo run from a blind side as he scored a try that made matters eight-all in the 27th minute.

Kwaru cancelled the joy of Mamie after Gqadu scored a drop goal that increased Kwaru’s lead to 11-8 in the 30th minute. The Elephants trailed by four points after Vusumzi Dyantyi scored Motherwell’s try that was converted easily by Sirayi, with the scoreboard reflecting 15-11 in the 35th minute.

Sirayi failed to add three more to his tally after he missed an easy penalty kick in front of the poles. Gqadu also failed to decrease his side’s deficit as he missed an easy penalty in front of the poles in the 51st minute.

Flank forward Bonani Marawana scored an all-important try in the 63rd minute, which cleared Motherwell’s path to the finals. The score was 20-11 with Mamie leading.

Gqadu, who looked nervous, failed once again to add three points from an easy penalty kick in front of the poles in the 71st minute.

The Elephants continued with their undying spirit as they were rewarded with an unconverted try that was scored by Jabu Cakwebe in the 75th minute that made the final score 20-16.

All in all, rugby of the highest standard was the order of the day, with the referee, Mike Collier, controlling the game fairly. It was a clean game in which no cards were issued.

In the Fred Harmse semi-finals, Morning Stars RFC lost 6-5 to Helenvale United RFC.

It was an exciting close game that kept the fans on their feet right from the beginning to the end.

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