Valke winger Ernie Kruger scored his second successive winning try in as many weeks as the home team scored a famous come-from-behind victory of 35-28 against the Wildebeest in Brakpan on Saturday. The Natalians led 28-7 at half-time.
Report courtesy SAPA.
With the scores locked at 28-all for almost 20 minutes in the second half, Kruger broke through 40 metres out and handed off an opponent and beat Wildebeest scrumhalf Scott Mathie on the cover defence to score the decisive try.
Kruger started the fightback after the break with his first try after half-time to take the score to 28-14.
Valke scrumhalf Bolla Adams was next to chip away at the lead when he quickly tapped a penalty and scored near the posts.
Winger True Blue Smit equalled the scores with an intercept try which was also converted by fullback Jacques Schutte.
Smit played a major role in the victory when he had to take over at flyhalf as Albert Keuris injured his knee ligaments. Keuris was a late replacement for flyhalf Len Olivier who withdrew before the game.
The Valke scrummed the Wildebeest and Kees Lensing into submission and the loose forwards, Uwe Sauer, Warren Perkins and Sean Plaatjies had a field day.
The Wildebeest scored four converted tries before the break, but failed to trouble the scoreboard again.
Valke: Tries: Ernie Kruger (2), Nicky Kritzinger, Bolla Adams, True Blue Smit. Conversions: Jacques Schutte (4), Smit.
Wildebeest: Tries: Riaan Swanepoel, Robbie Harris, Warren Whiteley, Lwazi Mvovu. Conversions: Neil de Bruyn (4)Tweet