Border crush Welwitschias
July 02, 2016

The Border Bulldogs opened up the floodgates against the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, registering an emphatic 76-18 (halftime 19-13) bonus-point thumping in a provincial tournament clash at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.

The men from East London ran in 12 tries with outside centre Makazole Mapimpi running in four tries while replacements Sonwabiso Mqalo and Athenkosi Khethani both scoring a brace. Fullback Logan Basson notched up 19 points of his own with seven conversions and a try.

Despite the mauling, it was the home side who started brightly, with fullback Riaan van Zyl slotting a penalty as early as the third minute but the visitors gained the lead when Mapimpi dashed over for his first try. Van Zyl reduced the deficit to just one point with his second penalty but Mapimpi was over for his second score midway through the first half as the Bulldogs gained a 12-6 lead with Basson missing the conversion from the touchline.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, tighthead prop Johannes Jonker rumbled over for the third try which Basson converted. The home side scored their first try on the stroke of halftime as flyhalf Mahco Prinsloo sliced his way through the defense to score with Van Zyl converting.

The floodgates then opened in the first ten minutes of the second stanza, with the visitors running in three tries through Basson, Mapimpi and Mqalo to extend their slender six-point halftime lead to 25 points. The Welwitschias found some purchase when they scored their second try midway through the second period as right wing Phillip Nashikaku dived over in the corner for an unconverted score.

Khethani rumbled over for his first try before the home side's left wing, Russell van Wyk, was shown a yellow card by referee Egon Seconds. With the Welwitschias down to 14 men, the Bulldogs were able to run in a further three scores with Mqalo and Khethani registering their second tries while left wing Michael Makase scoring his team's 10th try.

The visitors finished off the game in style with replacement flyhalf Nkululeko Ndlovu diving over the line and Mapimpi scoring his fourth try on the stroke of full time.


Windhoek Draught Welwitchias - Tries: Mahco Prinsloo, Phillip Nashikaku; Conversion: Riaan van Zyl; Penalties: Van Zyl (2).

Border Bulldogs - Tries: Makazole Mapimpi (4), Sonwabiso Mqalo (2), Athenkosi Khethani (2), Johannes Jonker, Logan Basson, Michael Makase, Nkululeko Ndlovu; Conversions: Basson (7), Masixole Banda.

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