Valke come from behind to defeat Goshawks

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Zimbabwe rugby captain Hilton Mudariki

Cape Town – The Valke came back from a tight halftime deficit to claim a decent 26-16 (halftime 12-13) win over the Goshawks at Wynberg Boys High School in Cape Town.

It was the Valke who tore into an early 12-0 lead after 13 minutes as hooker R Nel and left-wing V Wellman went over to score, with fullback J Vermeulen landing the first conversion for a solid start.

However, the Goshawks then worked their way back into the match as flyhalf H Mudariki slotted two penalties to get them on the board before hooker L Larkan went over to score, with Mudariki’s extras giving the home side a one-point lead at the break.

It was a scoreless first 25 minutes of the second half, before the Valke forwards were rewarded with a penalty try, while a penalty from Mudariki four minutes later made the score 19-16 in favour of the Valke.

Wellman’s second try with three minutes remaining in the match, converted by replacement back K Fortune, then sealed the win, as they comfortably saw out the last couple of minutes.

 

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