Sasol Rugby played a dominating game on Saturday, 6 July, on their home ground against Witbank. It was quite clear from the beginning that Sasol was the superior side but it was not all smooth sailing.
The forwards dominated the scrums at the start of the game and regularly pushed Witbank backwards, either disrupting their scrums or winning the ball.
It was a different story as the game progressed. It appeared as if Sasol allowed Witbank to “Get in the Game” so to speak. Witbank’s scrums solidified and became more evenly matched although there was no denying of Sasol’s superior scruming.
The lineouts were not as clean as it should be this late in the season, but Sasol managed to win a few of their opponent’s balls.
The work around the scrums and mauls was not as clean and quick as one expects from the Sasol side, but the scrumhalf kept feeding the ball to the backline effectively. Sasol’s backline was the highlight of the game when they started running. The ball kept on moving and there was always support from their team members.
The backline scored or provided for the bulk of the tries. There are a few problems worth mentioning. It appeared at times as if the Sasol team did not know what to do next. It seemed as if they had too much possession of the ball and didn’t know what could be done next.
The forwards did not impress with their handling and there were a few times when they were surprised by the ball and could not retain it, especially in the lineouts and mauls.
The defensive lines of the whole team did not impress. Sasol’s game is known to be tough and hard with grinding tackles and bone-crunching dives. Too many times did the opponents progress past the first and even second tackles before the opponent was brought down. The game, however, was pleasant to watch and the running was good. There were some tense moments, both ways when the backlines started running.
Congratulations to Sasol DigiMag Rugby for ending the game with a convincing 48 – 14 win.