Sasol DigiMag 1 crashes against Phakisa Holdings East Rand United

The game started at a fast pace and after Sasol scored the first try it looked a sure thing that this will be another win for Sasol. This was not the case however.

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Sasol DigiMag (Sasol) suffered a humiliating defeat against East Rand United (ERU) at Reigerpark Sports Ground, Ekhuruleni, this past Saturday, 16 March.
The Gold Cup competition is wide open after the weekend’s results. The SSG Gold Cup Facebook page writes the following: “What a DRAMATIC second Saturday in the SSG Gold Cup, Presented by Blu Approved & M4Jam and championed by World Cup winning Springbok captain, John Smit! 2017 finalists College Rovers shocked at “Die Hok” in Uitenhage, Northam Platinum Rhinos edging 2015 champs Durbell in Cape Town, Phakisa Holdings East Rand Utd beating Sasol DigiMag Secunda at the “Graveyard”…this tournament is WIDE OPEN!” Sasol will have to improve their game dramatically if they want to advance into the quarter finals. ERU took Sasol on in all facets of the game and came out tops!
The game started at a fast pace and after Sasol scored the first try it looked a sure thing that this will be another win for Sasol. This was not the case however.
ERU contested the ball at every point and Sasol conceded a lot of turnover balls. It took Sasol most of the game to realise how ERU was winning the balls, by then it was a little too late. Once Sasol realised how to counter the turnover balls, especially in the loose rucks, they climbed in with the vigour that is so characteristic of Sasol’s game. Sasol also managed to score two tries through powerful drives.
Sasol’s game against ERU lacked a spark and at times it looked as if they had accepted defeat already. It would appear that Willa’s (Captain) injury in the game against Multisure Gardens would cost the team dearly.
The front eight did some very hard work against an equally determined team and managed to put ERU under a lot of pressure at the scrums only to be let down by a poor game plan at the backline. The lineouts are worrying as not enough clean balls were won on own line outs and Sasol’s front 8 did not read the lineouts very well allowing ERU to put them under pressure.
The biggest problem arose in the backline. Something was amiss. The usual flair, good handling and excellent defence were not there. All the tries of ERU were scored by the backline. ERU simply passed the ball to the wings and nearly always created an overlap. The wings had the speed and simply outran their opponents.
There were some individual efforts that made everyone sit on the edge of their seats only to be let down by the team as a whole.
Sasol’s next game is on Saturday here at the Sasol club grounds.
Please come and support them as they play against College Rovers. It is a home ground game and Sasol would need every bit of support that they can get.
Secunda and the whole of Mpumalanga is cheering for our boys! Let’s show them next Saturday!!!

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