Valke win basement scrap
August 19, 2011
The Valke scored nine tries on their way to beating the Border Bulldogs 57-42 (halftime 36-19) in an entertaining Absa Currie Cup First Division match played at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday.

The home side, egged on by a festive crowd of around 3,500, were full value for the win, their second in five outings this season.

For the visiting Bulldogs, fullback Ntabeni Dukisa scored a try and kicked six penalties and two conversions for a personal haul of 27 points, but his heroic efforts were ultimately in vain as the home side resorted to tries to keep Border at arm's length.

The Valke gave an inkling of what was to come when impressive centre Coert Cronje scored with barely two minutes on the clock for winger Kyle Hendricks, one of three kickers on the day for the home side, to convert.

Fullback John-Wessel Bell then crashed through in the eighth minute to open up a 12-0 lead before Dukisa opened his side's account with a penalty.

The home side were full of enterprise and a number of players caught the eye, but once again it was the figure of eighthman Reg Muller who was more conspicuous than most.

Hard grafter that he is, Muller is never far away from the action and on days like these, good support play usually means you have a good chance of getting onto the scoreboard.

Muller, revelling in the wide-open spaces provided by the Bulldogs' defensive lines, crossed the line on no fewer than three occasions in what must have come very close to a man-of-the-match effort.

Two of those tries came early, in the 11th and 17th minutes, as the Valke opened up a 22-3 lead before the Bulldogs, who were forced to play catch-up all day, very nearly fashioned what would have been a remarkable turnaround.

Leading by 17 points at the break and then 43-26 after 48 minutes, the Valke allowed the Bulldogs back into the game with that man Dukisa leading the charge.

Dukisa scored a try on 50 minutes, then kicked the conversion and three penalties to make it a one-point ball game at 43-42 in the 67th minute.

But on this occasion it was Muller who had the final say, going over for his hat-trick try with five minutes left for replacement Martin Thomsen to open up an eight-point gap with the conversion.

Thomsen then helped himself to a last-minute try to put the matter beyond doubt.


Valke – Tries: Coert Cronje, John-Wessel Bell, Reg Muller (3), Zander de Kock, Kyle Hendricks, Chanley Williams, Martin Thomsen. Conversions: Hendricks (1), Williams (3), Thomsen (2).

Bulldogs – Tries: Shane Spring, Vuyo Mboto, Byron Mcguigan, Ntabeni Dukisa. Conversions: Dukisa (2). Penalties: Dukisa (6).


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