Walmers tames Primrose

2015-05-12 06:00

Gakeem Larney of SK Walmers tries to beat Naceedo Petersen of Primrose at the Green Point track on Saturday during a Premier League A match. The Bo-Kaap team won 35-17.

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Gakeem Larney of SK Walmers tries to beat Naceedo Petersen of Primrose at the Green Point track on Saturday during a Premier League A match. The Bo-Kaap team won 35-17. PHOTO: rashied isaacs

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SK Walmers won Cape Town’s most popular derby rugby match.

Ashiq Wise’s Walmers side emerged victorious in only the second derby since unification against old rival Primrose at the Green Point track on Saturday.

Although Walmers comfortably won this Premier League A encounter 35-17, the match was filled with excitement and tension, both on and off the field.

These two teams were big rivals before unification when they contested for decades in the Premier League competition of the City and Suburban Rugby union in Crawford.

Last year was the first time these two sides met in a derby as both teams played in different league competitions in the WP Rugby Union before unification of the deferent racially based rugby unions more than two decades ago.

Last year’s derby at Rosmead, homeground of Primrose, ended in a 25 all draw.

This is Wise’s first victory in three games in his first season as head coach after joining the club last year as assistant coach. Wise has had a long history with the club, having played for the Bo-Kaap club as a crafty scrumhalf before embarking on a provincial career which would see him having a stint with WP and the Pumas.

For Walmers, Abubaker Davids, Madeeg Davids, Jawaad Dramat, Mikaeel Hartley, Dawood Petersen and Bjorn Julies scored tries while Yasfir David slotted over a conversion with Ghakeem Larnie goaling a penalty.

Primrose’s points came from tries by ­Naceedo Petersen and Jason Jantjies. Jantjies converted his own try and a penalty.

SK Walmer’s next match is on 16 May when it takes on Villager at Brookside.

Primrose will be up against the national Community Cup champions Durbell at the Durbanville sportsground on Saturday

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