Jan 24, 2021

BJ’s Corner

Photo Credit: PJ Botha / Gallo Images / Frans Lombard (Actionpix)

INTRO:
BJ is married to Taryn and they have two sons and three daughters. He matriculated at Durban High School and is currently finishing off his BsC Degree in Strength & Conditioning.

If BJ isn’t on the field coaching or consulting he loves spending time with his family and being outdoors, mountain biking, running, traveling and enjoying the local cuisine.

Birthday: 4th January 1980
Location: Ireland
High Schools’ Attended: Kloof High School / Durban High School


BJ’s game analysis of round four of the Carling Currie Cup this past weekend.

TOYOTA CHEETAHS VS PHAKISA PUMAS

“Battle of the maul”

You could really call this game the “battle of the maul” with the number of tries scored off lineout mauls from both sides.

Both sides were going at it from early on and you could see Puma’s wanting to put down a marker with their physicality in both attack and defence.

It was hard work but the Puma’s were definitely the better side in the 1st half, leading at the break.

The Cheetahs being the Cheetahs managed to stay within arms reach even though the momentum was still with the Puma’s up until the 50th minute. This is where the Cheetahs took hold of the game and went back at the Puma’s with their own game, the maul. They scored successive tries and on top of that, the Puma’s succumbed to a yellow card which added to their woes. Frans Steyn was also rock solid with the boot keeping the scoreboard ticking.

In the end, it was a little too late when the Puma’s scored a late consolation try which did make the scoreline reflect the game as it was a great battle and one that the Cheetahs will be very happy they came away with the win.

Scorers:

Phakisa Pumas 31 (12) – Tries: Simon Westraadt, Le Roux Roets, Daniel Maartens, Willie Engelbrecht, AJ le Roux. Conversions: Devon Williams (1), Ginter Smuts (2).

Toyota Cheetahs 35 (7) – Tries: William Small-Smith, Andisa Ntsila (2), Louis van der Westhuizen, Tian Meyer. Conversions: Frans Steyn (5).

XEROX LIONS VS CELL C SHARKS

Showdown at Ellis Park”

The Sharks would’ve been under no illusions that if they were to get a win up at Ellis Park they would have to be at their best.

This is one rivalry that has stood the test of time over the years and it wouldn’t be any different. It didn’t disappoint from a spectacle perspective with a young Sharks team taking on a more experienced home side. This experience upfront in the pack and in the backs would be the difference in managing the game and converting pressure into points when they got into the opposition half or 22.

One part of their game that evidently leads to them chasing the game was the inconsistency at a set-piece, which would be a non-negotiable when playing the Lions at home.

The Lions kept the pressure on and converted any upper hand they had into points were the Sharks, although they were trying to play a great running game this was not matched in their conversion rate.

In the end, the pressure the Lions had on the Sharks to get out of their half at set-piece, defence and kicking game lead them to be chasing the game from early on.

The Sharks will know that they are still relatively young and came against a more experienced outfit so the learnings will be taken on board and they can only come back stronger next time around.

Scorers:

Xerox Lions 27 (14) – Tries: Courtnall Skosan, Tiaan Swanepoel. Conversion: Elton Jantjies. Penalty goals: Jantjies (3), Tiaan Swanepoel (2).

Cell C Sharks 12 (6) – Penalty goals: Curwin Bosch (4).

Brendon “BJ” Botha