Tshuma Stingers defend their home with great performance under pressure.
The second round of games is the litmus test of this league. It is the measuring stick for teams to declare their intentions. Tshuma Stingers did just that in an emphatic fashion by emerging victorious from their latest encounter against their neighbours Alexandra Wolves, winning 37 – 07 in Midrand.
With some players out of duty due to holidays, it was time for big and young guns to come together and they went out and did an amazing job for Midrand rugby. The Alexandra Wolves had the opportunity to cut into the lead at the beginning of the first half, making sure to draw first blood to make their presence felt. The solitary try of the Wolves was converted directly in front of the post to bring the score board to Stingers 00 – Wolves 07.
Tshuma Stingers quickly replied with great forward play and continuity skills to land the ball to winger Onalerona Manyisa who crossed the whitewash at the corner to pick the Stingers scoreboard up with 5 points. A few moments later flanker Vincent de Faria forced a turnover for the Stingers. This however did not result in an ideal go forward as the ball was not properly secured at the breakdown. Alexandra Wolves received some penalties which allowed them some field position and relief from pressure. This led to a number of infringements that saw Stingers down a man for a yellow card. Stingers kept their defensive skills in check to deny the Wolves an opportunity to put any points on the board. The Midrand boys managed to find their rhythm and struck again through the experience of Divine Kawadza who returned to the field of play after a period of recovery. Captain Briann Mkiva added the conversion to allow Tshuma Stingers take over the lead with 12 – 07 at half time.
The second half was full of positive energy and great team performance from the Midrand team which resulted in Alexandra Wolves being denied ball possession for the majority of the half. Brian Mkiva took 3 points over the upright early in the second half and Takunda Gwena scored his first try of the season. Vincente de Faria was hard at work stopping the Wolves 8th man from pick-ups at the base of the scrum proving beyond any doubt that he is a flanker who does his job. His hard work paid off when he took his share of points by scoring the bonus point try 10 minutes before full time.
With limited time left on the clock, the Wolves were in full desperation mode. At this stage it was clear that there was not going to be any come back from the visitors. In contrast the Stingers had one thing in mind that is to dominate. Wolves conceded penalties and the Stingers took advantage by launching more successful attacks. This time, front rower Keith Jange received a short pass from an attacking line out, 10 meters from the try line and took the fight to the Wolves who responded to stop him, however Mxolisi Hlophe ripped the ball and comfortable went over the whitewash. Stingers hammered in the final nail for victory with a Collette Chawatama try in the 79th minute.
In describing the clubs performance against the Alexandra Wolves, Tshuma Stingers CEO and Founder Ndumiso Tshuma said. “We are very pleased with the team’s performance in front of the home crowd. It is a big credit to all the guys who do battle for us week in and week out, as well as the behind scenes personnel who keep the engines working and this include our sponsors who make rugby possible in our community.”
Tries: Onalerona Manyisa (1), Divine Kawadza (1), Vincent de Faria (1), Takunda Gwena (1) Mxolisi Hlophe (1) and Collette Chawatama (1)
Conversions: Briann Mkiva (2)
Penalties: Briann Mkiva (1)
Tshuma Stingers’ upcoming fixtures are as follows:
- Saturday 7 July 2018 against Eldoronians away
- Saturday 28 July 2018 against Kagiso away