Hangklip trump De Vos Malan in emotional final home game

Hangklip High School played their last home game of the rugby season at home against De Vos Malan High School on Saturday at the Gerrie Snyman Sports Grounds and the hosts put in the performance of the season.

At full time the first team score read 53-12 to hammer the point home after winning the U16 game 53-0 and the seconds 31-0. The hosts had not had it easy since the resumption of the season, losing the first game at home against Aliwal North High and then away at Burgersdorp High School.

Hangklip rugby coach Francois de Villiers had noted his team’s slip-ups in handling errors and lineouts when they faced Aliwal North. They still seemed stuck in that rut in the first half when they made two unforced errors which led to the visitors punishing them with two tries, Wesley Carelse converting only one. The scorers were Cwenga Giyose and Dimitri Barnare respectively.

Although they started shakily, the hosts quickly replied scoring three tries in the half; the third from a maul. Lusindiso Nqayi, Merrick Hykes and Pieter van Schalkwyk scored respectively, but none were converted. The half time score was 15-12.

Hangklip came out even stronger in the second half and would go on to register 38 unanswered points. They scored five tries converting all, and added a penalty just to be clinical. They came from Lusindiso Nqayi, Merrick Hykes, Pieter van Schalkwyk, Kieran Moocroft and Iviwe Siyeka all converted by Siphelele Mgwigwi.

It was an emotional game for all the players and the school, with the matrics playing their last game. We were also missing key players, but the guys on the pitch knew they had to step up,” said De Villiers.

He was very happy with the key area improvements that had threatened to derail a good season. “We made one key change, bringing back (as a substitution) the seasoned captain Van Schalkwyk at number eight – that made a difference. Generally I was very happy with our set pieces. Our scrums and lineouts functioned very well and that gave a good platform for the backs to play,” he said.

This weekend Hangklip travel to East London to take on Port Rex Technical High School to close the season.

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