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Lulu Boys face tough few weeks

St George’s failed to build up a substantial lead with the wind advantage in the first half in their 15-35 defeat at the hands of False Bay in a Super League A outing at Gustrouw Sports Grounds on Saturday 25 August.

The home side led by a slender one-point margin at half-time, but the experience of the False Bay troops was just a tad too much for the Lulu Boys.

The decision to play with the wind behind their backs in the first half was made on the basis that they could possibly build up a lead in the opening half. This was achieved to a certain degree, but was not completely mastered as the hosts were met by an equally strong defensive effort from False Bay.

Despite losing by 20 points in the end, co-head coach Charlton Cloete was very positive with his side’s efforts against the Gold Cup champions.

“We know that this might come as a surprise to many, but we actually played very well,” Cloete said. “This was one of the better performances that we have given this season. False Bay is a very strong side; they are the best open club in the country, so to challenge them to this extent was very pleasing to witness from the sidelines.”

All the Lulu Boys’ points came in the first half via two tries from Morne Adams and Garth Louw. Flyhalf Earl Rose converted one of the tries as well as a massive 68 m long-range penalty to give the home side a slender 15-14 lead at the break.

St George’s will enter a tough fixture schedule in the next few weeks. They played Maties last night (Wednesday) – the result was not available at the time of going to print – and this Saturday 1 September they face UCT. The following weekend, the Lulus will host SK Walmers in the final match of the season at Gustrouw.

The Lulu Boys need to pick up eight points from their remaining three fixtures to steer clear of a possible automatic relegation – a near impossible task, but the Gustrouw outfit have and will never shy away from any challenge.

Cloete and the rest of the coaching staff will have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks as they prepare their charges for the toughest part of this club rugby season.

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