Cats 34 Blues 33
Cats beat Blues with running rugby
Blues almost snatch it at the end with two quick
Once again, this game was played in perfect conditions, and with both teams out
of contention, the hope was that they would be able to play attractive,
care-free rugby, and thankfully both teams obliged.
The Cats got the early chance to take the lead when Anthony Boric was caught
offside on his own ten meter line, and Pretorius made no mistake with the
penalty to put the Cats in a 3-0 lead.
5 Minutes in to the game the Cats extended their lead through a Jaque Fourie
try, it came from a line-out 5 meters out from the Blues try-line, where the
ball was driven up by Kleinjan Tromp, and when the quick 2nd phase ball came,
Jano Vermaak quickly passed to Pretorius, who found Julies, and he threw a short
pass to Fourie at speed, who dotted down untouched. Pretorius added the 2 points
for a 10-0 Cats lead.
It could have been another one for the Cats, Earl Rose fielded a ball just
inside his own half, and managed to get past the defender, he kicked ahead with
Wylie Human and Luke McAlister chasing, but unfortunately Wylie dived a split
second too soon and knocked the ball on in the goal area.
13 minutes into the game the Blues were caught offside again, this time halfway
between their ten meter and 22 meter lines and once again, Pretorius added the 3
points, the Cats lead now 13-0.
The game was played at a frantic pace at this stage, with both teams opting to
play running rugby.
18 minutes into the game Luke McAlister got his first chance for
points when the Cats went offside on their own 10 meter line, but he missed the
straight kick to the right for the score to remain 13-0 for the Cats.
27 minutes into the game Jano Vermaak scored a brilliant try, it
came from an attacking scrum inside the Blues 22 meter area, Vermaak dummied and
just ran straight into a huge gap towards the Blues try-line, he was caught just
short of the line but still managed to reach out and dot the ball down behind
the line. Pretorius kicked the easy conversion for the Cats to go into a 20-0
The Blues then threatened to score in the next period, with
Rokococo coming close to scoring twice, but eventually it was Nacewa that did
score, this came from a Blues line-out on the Cats 10 meter line, the ball went
to McAlister, who broke the Cats defence, and when he was hauled in, flipped the
pass to Nacewa, who scored under the poles. McAlister added the conversion, the
score 20-7 for the Cats.
After the hooter from broken play the Blues added another try
through Tuitavake, this from quick phase ball deep inside the Cats 22, the Blues
had a huge overlap to the left, Tuitavake received the ball more or less on the
Cats 10 meter line, got past Sephaka, and then stepped inside into a huge vacant
space and ran in the try. Again McAlister converted, the Cats lead now only
20-14, also the halftime score.
3 minutes into the second half the Blues went offside at a ruck halfway between
their 10 and 22 meter lines, but Pretorius's kick was left, the score still
20-14 for the Cats.
2 minutes later the Cats did score, this from a ruck inside the
Blues 22 next to the touchline, Vermaak went blind and kicked ahead, and Jaque
Fourie managed to win the race to the ball and dive on it for the try. Pretorius
converted and the Cats lead was 27-14.
17 minutes into the 2nd half Fourie got his 3rd try in the
match, this came from a ball overthrown at a line-out on the Cats 10 meter line,
Vermaak picked it up and sent it down the Cats backline, when it got to Fourie
he dummied a pass and cut through the Blues defence to score in the left corner.
Pretorius kicked the difficult conversion for a 34-14 lead for the Cats.
The Blues hit right back with a try by Brent Ward, this from a
backline move down the right that found Afoa in space, he was brought down just
before the Cats try line but managed to find Ward on the inside that ran over
for the easy try. Nacewa missed the conversion, the Cats still in a 34-19 lead.
30 minutes into the second half Afoa came close to scoring, it was from a Blues
line-out just inside the Cats half, the Blues used the trick where the ball is
thrown to the first player in the line and the ball goes back to the thrower, in
this case Afoa, he sprinted for the right corner but was caught on the corner by
Wylie Human in a try-saving tackle.
36 minutes into the 2nd half replacement Haiu scored the 4th try
for the Blues, this from a penalty taken quickly, a ruck ensued, and Haiu picked
up and drove over for the try. Nacewa converted.
Straight from the kickoff the Blues ran in another, this from a
great run by Ward down the right, and when he got tackled he passed to Howlett
in support who went over unopposed. Nacewa again converted, the Cats lead now
That set up a thrilling last minute or so in the game, and luckily the Cats
managed to hang on for the win.
For the Cats:
Tries: Jaque Fourie (3), Jano Vermaak
Cons: Pretorius 4
Pens: Pretorius 2
For the Blues:
Tries: Nacewa, Tuitavake, Ward, Haiu, Howlett
Cons: McAlister 2, Nacewa 2
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Cats: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Conrad Jantjes, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12
Wayne Julies, 11 Wylie Human, 10 Andre Pretorius
(Captain), 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Trevor Hall, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5
4 Kleinjan Tromp, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Delarey du Preez, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Daniel Muller, 18 Alten
Hulme, 19 Gerhard Vosloo, 20 Enrico Januarie, 21 Doppies la Grange, 22 Grant
Blues: 15 Brent Ward, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Ben Atiga, 12 Isa
Nacewa, 11 Joe Rokococo, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Nick
Williams, 7 Onosai'I Tololima-Auava'a, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Greg
Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (Captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Ali
19 Kurtis Haiu, 20 John Senio, 21 Tasesa Lavea, 22 Anthony Tuitavake.
Referee: Matt Goddard
Touch judges: Scott Young & Johan Meuwesen
TV Match Official: Shaun Veldsman