Deon Kayser’s Cell C Sharks XV recorded a convincing 27-10 win over the second-placed SWD Eagles on Saturday to remain at the top of the Vodacom Cup South Section log.
New flyhalf Tim Swiel stepped straight into the starting team this week and carried on where Fred Zeilinga had left off, scoring 10 points on his own in the opening quarter as part of a decent haul of 17 on the day. Swiel opened the scoring with a penalty, before using his blistering pace to score an individual try shortly afterwards, which he duly converted.
Captain Monde Hadebe displayed great footwork and pace for a hooker, scoring the second from 40m out after a great dummy. Swiel’s second conversion gave his side a 17-points cushion, which was eroded as Eagles number 8 Alwyn Bester scored just before hooter.
It was the visitors who struck first in the second period, via a penalty to flyhalf Carlo Aspeling in the 53rd minute. With a spate of replacements robbing both teams of structure, Swiel stepped up to restore the Sharks XV’s 10-point lead, before big Andre Esterhuizen put replacement centre Neil Maritz into space to score the third try, which sealed the result for the men in black.
The Cell C Sharks XV are now the only remaining unbeaten side in the South Section and will look to consolidate their opsition when they take on the Regent Boland Cavaliers in Ceres on Saturday.
Cell C Sharks XV (27): Tries: Monde Hadebe, Neil Maritz and Tim Swiel. Conversions: Swiel (3); Penalties: Swiel (2)
SWD Eagles (10): Try: Alwyn Bester; Conversion: Karlo Aspeling; Penalty: Aspeling.Tweet