Hogs Sail Through Botho Ryders

| April 20, 2015

Gaborone Hogs secured a fifth victory from their opening five matches of the 2015 BRU A-Division season by crushing Botho University Ryders 52-10 on Saturday April 18.

The win at the Wharic Park maintained Hogs’ position in second place with 23 points.

Anthony Ugelletti gave Hogs a perfect start with a try inside the opening two minutes, and fullback Edward Oosthuizen made a successful conversion to make the score 7-0.

Ryders continued their shaky start by conceding a foul during a scrum and Oosthuizen scored the resultant penalty to extend the lead seven minutes later.

Hogs were enjoying an easy day and raided their opponents at will. Jeremy Debiewsky scored their second try in the 20th-minute, with Oosthuizen accurately dispatching the conversion to widen the lead to 17-0.

Ryders finally managed to conjure some threating moves which forced Hogs packs to commit two fouls in quick succession, but Tefo Ramoraka and Frank Maposa missed the penalties.

That wastefulness was punished when eighth-man Jeremy Babbage bustled through to score a beautifully worked try, and Oosthuizen continued his perfecting kicking with another conversion to extend Hogs lead to 24-0.

After Maposa missed another Ryders’ penalty, Oosthuizen rounded an excellent attacking move on the right hand side by scoring Hogs fourth try of the match in the 35th-minute. That ensured a bonus point for his team.

He then made another successful conversion to give Hogs a 31-0 halftime lead.

Babbage scored his second try of the match on the 48th-minute and Oosthuizen made his fifth successful conversion to extend the lead to 38-0.

Ryders finally opened their account through a try by Ernest Mantsi three minutes later, but their woeful kicking continued with Pako Rakhudu placing his conversion wide. Hogs reaffirmed their dominance with Debiewsky scoring another try nine minutes later and Oosthuizen making a successful conversion for 45-5 lead.

Harry Sewreight rounded Hogs try-scoring in the 73rd-minute, with Oosthuizen adding another conversion.

But Rakhudu reduced the deficit with a late try.

Despites the loss, Ryders captain Biki Mawela praised his team for their second half improvement which saw them score two tries. “We improved in second half after a poor first half.

I think it was a good game performance wise especially in the second half,” he said.

He said their kicking was poor because they lack a good training facility.

“We do get hurt when we do not score points but we will try and work on improving our kicking,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mochudi Rugby Club failed to honour their fixture with BDF Cheetahs on Saturday. Cheetahs were awarded the match 28-0.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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