Breakers slip up against Parks

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BREAKERS only had themselves to blame for their 33-24 defeat at the hands of Parks in round three of the Eastern Cape Super 12 competition.
The match was played at Mlungisi Stadium before a partisan crowd expecting a first win in the competition. Buoyed by the home crowd, how could the Mlungisi giant let a 12-point lead slip, only to lose the match in the second stanza?
The team lacked the killer punch, mental acumen and tactical ability when needed most. Breakers’ slim chance of reaching the knock-outs has all but evaporated into thin air.
Parks showed their intent with the first try of the match through Ryno Haasbroek. Stephan Zeelie made no mistake with the conversion as the visitors took a 7-0 lead. Breakers replied with a try by Wonga Gede. Kerwin Gibb added the conversion and the teams were level at 7-all.
The home side took the game to their opponents. Breakers scored two tries through Sapho Ntissa and Spazza Nculu with one conversion to take a 19-7 lead.
Parks hit back with two tries through Kuhle Sonkosi and Haasbroek. Zeelie was successful with one conversion and the teams were deadlocked at 19-19 at half-time.
Parks scored a try after the interval and the visitors led 26-19. Breakers came back as Siphamandla Lali crossed the whitewash for an unconverted try. Parks’ Quintin Haasbroek scored the final try that sealed a 33-24 bonus point win for Parks.
Parks shot to second on the log, tied with Gardens on 11 points. Breakers are at the foot of Group A with two points.
In other results, Gardens took control of Group A with a 46-7 thrashing of Cambridge, which dropped to fifth on the table.
Spring Rose got the better of Swallows with a narrow 19-18 win. Rose moved up to third while Swallows are fourth.
In Group B, Police had too much fire power for Despatch, beating them 26-10 to move to second spot, two points behind Progress. Despatch are at the bottom with only one point. Progress remain the only unbeaten side in the group after three rounds with a 22-21 win over Harlequins. Progress top the log on 13 points while Harlequins are fourth.
Buffs continued to impress with a clinical 10-7 win over Walter Sisulu All Blacks. Buffs are currently third on the table.
It’s the penultimate round this weekend with Breakers travelling to Spring Rose. Cambridge are at home to Swallows with Police travelling tackling Progress in Uitenhage. Despatch welcome Buffs.

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