The Natal Wildebeest ran up a good lead in the first half, then held on bravely to triumph 17-10 over the Young Lions at ABSA Stadium on Saturday.
The Natal team scored three unanswered tries in the first half, through wing Henno Mentz, flyhalf Tiaan Marx and a penalty try after Scott Mathie was brought down illegally with the tryline at his grasp. Marx’s wayward kicking form saw the home side take a half-time lead of 17-0.
The second half belonged to the Lions, as a try and a penalty saw them come back to 17-10. The Wildebeest managed to hang on, to record their third straight win of the competition.
Having now won three, the Wildebeest are well-placed in fourth spot on the log in the South Section, which is good going considering their disastrous opening fortnight, where both the Pumas and the Blue Bulls beat them. They are now well in contention for the knockouts and with only the Valke and the Leopards still to play, should hopefully secure third-place overall. Skipper Alistair Hargreaves was full of confidence in the post-match interview, saying “We believe we can win this thing”. The Wildebeest’s likely opponents in the quarter-final will be either WP or Free State.
Wildebeest 17 (17): Tries: Penalty Try, Henno Mentz. Tiaan Marx, Conversions: Tiaan Marx (1)
Young Lions 10 (0): Tries: Edrick van Tonder. Conversions: Arno Coetzee (1). Penalties: Arno Coetzee (1).Tweet