Wildebeest hitting their straps

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 2 Apr 2008 at 11:16
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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).


  • It’s about time – it took them long enough.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.08 11:20:19 by Nessa Reply
  • They actually televised the game on Saturday and we were able to watch it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.08 11:20:41 by Nessa Reply
  • yeah – I saw a bit of it. Not much, cos farken DSTV goes on the blink whenever there’s a bit of rain 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.08 11:30:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • I only got to the Stadium in the middle of this match…but there was a black wing playing for the Sharks that seemed full of running, not sure who he was.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.08 11:31:56 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • oops…. for the Wildebeeste

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.08 11:33:14 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • DP – the wing for that game was Lwazi Mvovo.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.08 11:43:45 by Nessa Reply

  • Lwazi Mvovo?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.08 11:46:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • oops… sorry Ness

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.08 11:46:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok Thanks guys….think he could be one for the future

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.08 11:49:04 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • was also impressed with the number 8, Warren Whitely

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.08 11:52:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • ity was a game where we had ample chances to kill the lions off, we made 2 vital mistakes and that let to the lions try, our fullback had 1 to beat with henno screaming on the out side and he got tackled the lions got the ball and scored several min later through pressure, we had them wipped but lacked the clinical finnishing, but it was a gr8t improvement

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.08 16:25:00 by barend Reply


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