Primrose let win slip in dying seconds

2017-05-09 06:01
Shaheed Green of Primrose slices through a defensive gap left by Oshwall Damons and Joel Booysen of Belhar during a Super League A match played at Rosmead on Saturday. Belhar won 26-25.

Shaheed Green of Primrose slices through a defensive gap left by Oshwall Damons and Joel Booysen of Belhar during a Super League A match played at Rosmead on Saturday. Belhar won 26-25. (Rashied Isaacs)

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Joy and heartache played itself out for the supporters of Primrose and Belhar during a Super League A rugby match at the Rosmead Sport grounds on Saturday.

Primrose were left to rue their missed chances as Belhar celebrated a last minute converted try to secure a 26-25 victory in a riveting match.

Primrose, who came off a good victory against Pniel Villagers the previous week, were beaming with confidence which showed in the first half through the numerous attacks on the tryline of Belhar.

These were led by the flyhalf Edgar Syfers who dictated matters from behind his pack.

Syfers was responsible for converting six penalties in the match, one which he effortlessly slotted from five metres inside his own half.

Bellies had a first stanza that they want to forget, because their flair for running the ball from all corners of the field was met with well-planned defensive patterns from Roses, with Dayaan van Dieman and Weslie Adams a constant threat at the break downs for the home team.

If the 19-8 half time score line in favour of Roses was anything to go by, then the form guide would suggest a stellar second half performance for them, but Belhar had other ideas.

The visitors started the second half with a try by their live wire centre Eathan Coenraad and a penalty by Junaid Arendse to set the tone for the rest of the game.

Primrose had their opportunities to score but the rub of the green would not go their way.

In contrast, Belhar were dominant in the scrums and attacked at will with Jerome Niumata, their New Zealand import, a handful with his powerful runs.

Two penalties by Syfers allowed primrose a slight lead of six points (25-19) with two minutes to go.

Constant pressure from the kick-off and good interplay from their forwards saw the fullback Arendse score and seal the game with a converted try.

Belhar coach Bronson Weir said after the game: “I give credit to Primrose for the tough encounter at their home ground, and although my team was determined, we left it late again as we did against Vics the previous week. The team will take the confidence forward to our next encounter against Hamiltons on the 20 May.”

Primrose’s next fixture is against Hamiltons next weekend at Rosmead.

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