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Lulu Boys clinch humdinger

St George’s RFC recorded a morale boosting and emphatic 36-33 victory over WP Super League A (SLA) counterparts SK Walmers (SKW) in a friendly at Molteno Park in Grabouw on Saturday 5 May.

Despite not being allowed to play on their homeground, the Lulu Boys locked horns with their formidable opponents in the encounter, which allowed head coaches Mirwaan Davids and Charlton Cloete to gauge the readiness of their squad.

The Lulu Boys ran in six tries, but it was the educated and accurate boot of seasoned pivot Patrick van Wyk that sealed the much-needed victory against the very strong side from the Bo-Kaap. Van Wyk slotted three conversions and a penalty, taking his personal tally to 11 points, while Bradley Robertson added a conversion to his side’s score.

The set-pieces will, however, be an area of concern for Davids and Cloete, given that their troops failed to dominate these facets of the encounter. Given the firm and tough competition in SLA, the Lulu Boys will have their work cut out once the league kicks off, as these areas are often exploited by the more experienced SLA teams.

Tries for the Gustrouw side were scored by former Tygerberg and Hamiltons midfielder Niezaar Roos, experienced and talented hooker Megan Rose, Ricardo Cornelius, Michael la Meyer and Cameron Titus.

Saturday’s remarkable and memorable victory may be etched in the history books and should bode well for the Lulu Boys, but if this is viewed as a dress rehearsal there is still lots for St George’s to work on and improve ahead of the league kick-off in June.

The Lulu Boys started like a house on fire, running in a few tries and slotting a penalty to hand them a healthy 24-14 lead as the half-time whistle sounded. A yellow card early in the second half, however, stymied the momentum, undoing all the hard work that was executed in the opening stanza.

SKW scored three tries during this time, but once the full complement of players returned to play, the Lulu Boys showed enough class and skill to outsmart their opponents.

With St George’s running out narrow victors in the end, it made for a memorable and inspirational victory, but there is still much work that lies ahead for the men from Strand. The Lulus will face a more daunting opposition this week in the form of Gold Cup side Tygerberg RFC.

The friendly outing should give the coaching staff and players an idea as to how far or close the Lulu Boys are from becoming more than just a side trying to avoid relegation at the end of the upcoming season.

V See more photos on page 30.

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