Owls hand NWU a lesson in rugby

Owls veteran pivot Ashley Buchler's contributions have been more vital by the week.

The rout saw the Owls finish the first round of Valke Peregrine League action on a high as they drastically added to their 21-5 half-time lead for a much-needed confidence-boosting win.

Next they will face Brakpan in a reverse clash.

Coming in the fixture at the back of two frustrating defeats to Vereeniging at home and log-leading Springs away, the home side was desperate to make amends.

The players showed determination in the first half as they dotted down three times in a match that was subsequently nothing more than a training session for the Owls.

The margin of defeat sees the Owls with the most points scored on the log after the first round with 189, seven ahead of Springs and eight ahead of Brakpan.

Meanwhile, it was a similar tune for NWU, with the defeat being their fifth in as many outings. They accommodate the base of the six-team league with 84 points scored and 265 scored against them.

Quizzed for his comments on the handsome victory, Owls coach Marcell Fourie said: “We didn’t start that good, I just don’t think we played that well.

“Everyone worked accordingly well; we did better when players from the bench came on. The scoring was there, we were scoring but we didn’t play well,” explained the trainer.

Owls versatile back PJ Beaukes, who scored three tries and slotted six conversions, finished as the league’s top point scorer after round one with 78 points.

Scorers: Tries: PJ Beaukes (hat-trick) David Woolls (brace), Jacques Carelse (brace), Johan Labuschagne (brace), Barend Peens. Conversions: PJ Beaukes (six), Ashley Buchler (three)

League action goes into a break this weekend but stay put as the Owls host East Rand United next week.

Sabelo Mashego
Sports Journalist

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