Rondebosch Boys High were ruthless in front of their home supporters and never let up as they cruised to a 29-8 victory against Wynberg in their Under-19A match on Saturday.
They managed four tries in all to start off their 2016 campaign, while Wynberg never really threatened to make a fist of it.
Bosch’s forwards look a mean bunch and their backs have plenty of pace and skill.
Mike Mavovana displayed real class at fullback, and likewise Amani Minani on the right wing. Both scored two tries a piece after beating the man with outright speed and deft footwork. Add in their work rate off the ball and you have two players who should challenge strongly for Craven Week caps this season.
Bosch were on the board as early as the fourth minute when Sam Craigg successfully kicked over a penalty.
Then came a bit of magic from Mavovana when he gathered his chip kick to score unhindered in the right corner. Craigg converted to make it 10-0. Wynberg saw hardly any ball and struggled to counter the aggression of the home side’s pack.
But the visitors, thanks to ground gained deep into enemy territory, were able to get their only points of the half via a penalty from flyhalf Dominic Coetzer. Just before halftime, Minani broke free to dot down for an easy conversion for Craigg.
The second half was a mirror of the first as Bosch dominated and it was their back division who ruled the field again. Minani and Mavovana collected their second five-pointers in the face of little resistance. Craigg converted Mavovana’s try.
Wynberg just never got going in the way coach Gus Leslie would have envisaged, especially with most of his side back from last year’s campaign. They managed an unconverted try by inside centre Christiaan Colborn after Bosch had opened up a 22-3 lead.
* In other action, a last minute penalty by Redham flyhalf Daniel Adams enabled his side to score their first-ever win over Fish Hoek, winning 19-18, in an encounter in Constantia, also on Saturday.
The result could have been different had Fish Hoek, who led 18-16 just before the final whistle, opted to go for posts from a straight-forward penalty instead of finding the touch line.
The game was interesting throughout with Fish Hoek shading the home side by two tries to one, after the scores were level at the interval (13-all).
However, three penalties by Adams swung the game in Redham’s favour.
Eighthman Hugh Bedford opened the scoring for his side with a try which was converted by Nick Auret, who also goaled their penalty to put his side 10-3 ahead.
Fish Hoek came back strongly through lock Wayne Obombi who forced his way across for a try, with Jade Schoeman goalling the conversion and also kicking two penalties. In the second half, Fish Hoek scored the only try via flank Liam MacFarlane which was converted by Schoeman to a penalty by Adams – that put the Hoekers 18-16 ahead. Then came Adams’ winning penalty for Redham in the dying seconds of the game.
For Redham, livewire flank Austin Naude impressed with his hard work throughout, while scrumhalf Mitch Berkink proved an elusive scrumhalf.
For Fish Hoek, MacFarlane was the pick of the forwards while flyhalf Schoeman varied his play intelligently throughout the match-up.