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Saders end season with laboured win

Crusaders cement third spot position in final game of the league stages.

THE Nashua Crusaders cemented third spot in the Fidelity Moor Cup league standings after a laboured 18-7 win over south coast rivals, Amanzimtoti on Saturday. The game had an end of season feel to it with the error strewn game producing very little in the way of free flowing rugby.

The home side opened the scoring through a swift move down the right hand side of the field which was finished by Steve Strydom. Saders flyhalf Cameron Dunlop missed the resulting conversion. Dunlop however, slotted over a penalty 10 minutes later to give his side an 8-0 lead.

The South Coast Terriers managed to claw their way back thanks to a barrelling run from forward Mike Moxely. Toti flyhalf Henry Woest, who missed a penalty earlier in the game, easily converted.

With seven minutes to go to half time, Saders flyer Charlie Mayeza scythed through the Toti defence and coasted in for a five pointer, which was duly converted.

The score at the break 15-7. The second-half saw little in the way of action with just a miserly three points being scored. Saders captain Alex Curry was sin binned 15 minutes into the half for a high tackle, but not even the man advantage could help Toti who fumbled their way through several phases. A solitary penalty which went the way of the boys from the north was calmly kicked over by Dunlop.

Crusaders coach Ronnie Uys said despite the lacklustre performances he was proud of his boys.

“Yes we didn’t play to our potential but we had to earn the victory here much like we did when we travelled down the South Coast. I’m glad we ended the season on a high. We secured third position on the log which is a super achievement for a relatively new team. Now our focus shifts to the Murray Cup and we hope to be one of the teams contesting the finals,” he said.

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