Waterkloof biggest secret is of course that core of the Klofie side has been playing together since Under-14 and coach Jan Mollentze is very proud of that achievement. "A few Grade 11’s joined the squad to add depth to the side, but 80% of the players have come through the ranks together from Under-14s," Mollentze told Rugby 365.
The big surprise of the match was Waterkloof’s relatively small forwards dominating Garsfontein at the scrums every time. Garsfontein’s big tight head prop Johan Bannink struggled in the scrums against loose head prop Xander van Wyk. Van Wyk was injured in the first 10 minutes, to be replaced by Klofie Dimitri Ttappous. Ttappous stood his ground and with tight head prop Nico Steenkamp they dominated the collisions. With quick ball from the base they had Garsfontein scrambling unsuccessfully on defense.
The first half was evenly matched with no definite team dominating but the halftime score favoured the home team: 25 for Waterkloof and 23 for Garsfontein.
Garsfontein stood their ground but the last 20 minutes of the second half belonged to Waterkloof’s centers. Waterkloof’s inside center Lourens Boddington scored (one try) and big outside center Rohan Janse van Rensburg scored (three tries.) Janse van Rensburg had the final say of the match when he drove his way past the defenders of Garsfontein with precision and crossed the try line. Janse van Rensburg has been compared to Danie Gerber with his potent stepping and acceleration to break through tackles. He kept Garsfontein’s defense busy the entire match.
Coach Mollentze was full of praise for his charges. "Their work-ethic, creativity and good relationship amongst the team members gave the team the edge. As a team, they are prepared to learn and they are not afraid to try new moves on the field and they always treat their opponents with respect," Mollentze said.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg captain of the Waterkloof side said “Waterkloof wanted the win more...”
Waterkloof made a clean sweep against Garsfontein in this much anticipated Beeld trophy clash.
The scores were:
Waterkloof vs Garsfontein
1st XV: Waterkloof won 61 - 35
2nd XV: Waterkloof (Torries) won 17 - 14
3rd XV: Waterkloof won 28 - 14
4th XV: Garsfontein won 0 –5
5th XV: Garsfontein won 15 – 5
Under 16: Waterkloof A won 29 - 16
Under-16: Waterkloof B won 35 – 13
Under-16: Waterkloof C won 22 – 17
Under-15: Waterkloof A won 38 - 3
Under- 15: Waterkloof B won 10 – 7
Under- 15: Waterkloof C won 15 - 7
Under-14: Waterkloof A won 67 – 7
Under-14: Garsfontein B won 20 - 15
Under-14: Waterkloof C won 15 - 7