Johannesburg - The Border Bulldogs piled more misery on Namibia's Welwitschias with a resounding 76-18 (half-time 19-13) mauling in a Currie
Cup Qualifier clash at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.
Outside centre Makazole Mapimpi had a great day at the
office, running in four of his side's 12 tries while replacement wing Sonwabiso
Mqalo and replacement lock Athenkosi Khethani both scored a brace.
Fullback Logan Basson notched up 19 points of his own with
seven conversions and a try.
The home side started brightly and opened the scoring with a
penalty from fullback Riaan van Zyl but the visitors gained the lead with a
converted try by Mapimpi.
Van Zyl slotted his second penalty attempt to reduce the
deficit to just one point but Mapimp was over for his second score midway
through the first half as the Bulldogs gained a 12-6 lead with Basson missing
the conversion from the touchline.
Both sides moved the ball sideways without any real
penetration but then tighthead prop Johannes Jonker rumbled over for the third
try which Basson converted.
The home side were back in the game shortly before the break
with their first try as flyhalf Mahco Prinsloo sliced his way through the defines
to score with Van Zyl converting.
Border opened up the floodgates in the first ten minutes of
the second stanza, running in three tries through Basson, Mapimpi and Mqalo to
extend their slender six-point halftime lead to 25 points.
The Welwitschias dragged a try back midway through the
second period as right wing Phillip Nashikaku dived over in the corner for an
Khethani rumbled over for his first try before the home
side's left wing, Russell van Wyk, was shown a yellow card by referee Egon
With the Welwitschias down to 14 men, the Bulldogs were able
to run in a further three scores with Mqalo and Khethani registering their
second tries while left wing Michael Makase scoring his team's 10th try.
The visitors finished off the game in style with replacement
flyhalf Nkululeko Ndlovu diving over the line and Mapimpi scoring his fourth
try on the stroke of full-time.
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