Noord fails to capitalise on their chances to topple the “Suid”

The NMI Toyota Noord-Suid tournament 2024 is set to be remembered for the surprise package team of tournament Jeppe defeating Grey College 22-19. Yet there plenty of very good match-ups and other teams who surprised with their match day performances.

Of the 23 matches, more than half were decided by two-scores or less. This is excellent considering that a number of other matches over this threshold, also produced valued entertainment and were perhaps closer than the final scores suggest. The two best examples are probably Jeppe going into halftime level with Boishaai before going down 45-19 and Monnas giving Paarl Gim plenty to think about in 38-21 defeat that raised several “if only” questions revolving around the Witbulle’s missed opportunities stemming from defensive lapses and composure on attack. However this was the general theme for the Noord in close matches.

No one really keeps count but of 23 matches, the “Suid” won 14 to the Noord’s 9. In the eight matches determined by one-score or less – the swing results – the “Suid” won six of these.

Included in those six victories were the following three high profile Top 10 ranking schools matches:

1. Garsfontein leading 36-24 with 66min played and then having to endure the heartache of Boishaai producing an amazing BMT comeback to sneak it 38-36 with a conversion after time was up.

2. Garsfontein going into the break at 10-10 and then slipping 23-10 behind in an unforced handling error-riddled showing and eventually losing 23-17 to Oakdale.

3. Affies in the game of the season to date, dominating forward exchanges and the match as a whole but somehow falling 27-11 behind at one stage in the second half before clawing their way back and ending the match at 30-25 where a much higher than expected percentage of it was played – in the Paul Roos red zone.

On the other end, one of the eagerly anticipated matches saw KES unable to find the defensive solutions to Grey College’s high tempo attacking play, resulting in a disappointing 51-16 outcome.

DAY NOORD “SUID” MARGIN NORTH “SUID”
DAY 1 Helpmekaar 19 20 Voortrekker (Beth) 1 W
DAY 4 Noordheuwel 33 32 Duineveld 1 W
DAY 3 Garsfontein 36 38 HJS Paarl BH 2 W
DAY 3 Jeppe 22 19 Grey College 3 W
DAY 3 Nelspruit 20 24 Welkom Gim 4 W
DAY 1 Garsfontein 19 24 Oakdale 5 W
DAY 2 Affies 25 30 Paul Roos 5 W
DAY 1 Nelspruit 27 34 Drostdy 7 W
DAY 2 Waterkloof 27 19 Durbanville 8 W
DAY 1 EG Jansen 36 26 Welkom Gim 10 W
DAY 2 Noordheuwel 27 17 Stellenberg 10 W
DAY 2 Pretoria BH 12 24 Outeniqua 12 W
DAY 2 Monument 21 38 Paarl Gim 17 W
DAY 3 Helpmekaar 22 41 Oakdale 19 W
DAY 4 Menlopark 17 37 Outeniqua 20 W
DAY 2 Menlopark 50 28 Duineveld 22 W
DAY 4 Waterkloof 24 47 Paul Roos 23 W
DAY 1 Jeppe 19 45 HJS Paarl BH 26 W
DAY 4 Affies 38 11 Stellenberg 27 W
DAY 4 Monument 48 21 Durbanville 27 W
DAY 3 EG Jansen 44 15 Drostdy 29 W
DAY 1 KES 16 51 Grey College 35 W
DAY 4 Pretoria BH 10 66 Paarl Gim 56 W
TOTAL 368 9 14

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5 Comments

  1. avatar
    #5 Kaya 85

    Well done South! Especially the ‘Big Three’ PR/PG/PB…But I claim Grey being north of the Orange as spiritually and culturally north.

    ReplyReply
    28 March, 2024 at 18:20
  2. avatar
    #4 Pypkan

    Thank you for accepting me Beet. Is the Gim/PBHS score correct? Have it as 75-10.

    ReplyReply
    27 March, 2024 at 13:35
  3. avatar
    #3 tzavosky

    Beet, we need a weighted scoring system – Jeppe’s victory over Grey is worth 10 points on its own!

    ReplyReply
    27 March, 2024 at 11:14
  4. avatar
    #2 Strepie

    Knap gedaan Suide 💪🏻

    ReplyReply
    26 March, 2024 at 23:42
  5. avatar
    #1 Kantman

    HJS and Oakdale enhancing the Top5 status

    ReplyReply
    26 March, 2024 at 23:03

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