Defending champions Western Province put together another superb performance to underline their intention of retaining the title.
WP, possessing strike power across the board, enjoyed an electrifying first half to go 8-0 up against a workmanlike but outplayed North West before running out 11-0 victors. A Jordan Turnbull hat-trick, matched by James Drummond, was complemented further by strikes from Ryan Crowe (2), captain Dan Bell, Chris Hawkridge and Nqobile Ntuli.
As in the 2-1 defeat to Western Province Peninsula on Monday, Inland were again disappointing in not finishing the chances they created. In essence, Blues were clinical from set-pieces while Inland frittered away their opportunities. Apart from Guise-Brown’s PC hat-trick, Khumo Mokhale of Blues also netted smartly.
Including the unprecedented 5-0 drubbing of Southern Gauteng on day one, WP have now scored 13 field goals between seven players in the two matches, plus three PCs from three different players. There appears little chance that anyone can stop them.
Inland won a penalty corner in the third minute but Blues keeper Hendrik Kriek was up to the challenge. Blues earned a PC soon after and Guise-Brown opened the scoring.
Blues got in another shot following the re-start in and keeper Tim Kirkman saved comfortably. In the 10th, umpire Olu Ncukana had no hesitation in awarding a PC after an Inland attacker was interfered with. Another followed, but the chance was lost.
A misunderstanding early in the second chukka cost Inland a gilt-edged goal chance, and Guise-Brown’s low PC drag-flick goal served to emphasise how the host province’s inability to finish was costing them.
After the changeover, Blues’ forward Mokale made the most of a counter-attack and Inland were trailing 3-0 with 25 minutes left. An Inland PC again delivered nil through poor execution, and in the 37th minute Guise-Brown’s low PC flick made it 4-0 to the Pretoria lads.
Replacement keeper Inland Kyle Pillay made some good saves as the clock ticked down, but the damage had already been done, the home side left to rue missed PC opportunities. Inland have a bye Wednesday, before the KZN derby against Coastal at 3pm Thursday.
Southerns and Free State were locked in a fierce, hugely entertaining battle mid-morning. The Johannesburg lads were forced to come back from a goal down on two occasions. This ding-dong affair witnessed some fine goals with Southerns scoring through Walter Pfaff, Chad Burke and Kyle Lion-Cachet while Free State’s goals came from Cheslyn Neethling, Tiaan Weldhagen and Melrick Maddocks.
First up Tuesday, Durban’s KZN Coastal Raiders beat a determined Eastern Province 4-2 after leading 3-2 at half-time in an entertaining affair. Dale van der Merwe’s PC in the 33rd minute, followed by a penalty stroke a minute later, proved decisive, while the other Raiders goals went to Steven McManus and Keegan Hezlett. EP’s goals came from PC set-pieces by Michael Hansen and Wade Witbooi.
Meanwhile on day one of the women’s event in Bloemfontein, Northern Blues beat Free State B 10-0 after leading 7-0 at half-time; Eastern Province beat Namibia 2-0 after the score was 0-0 at the break; Western Province beat WP Peninsula 8-0 after leading 5-0 at half-time; North West edged KZN Coastal Raiders 1-0 after the score was 0-0 at half-time; Southern Gauteng beat Wits 3-0 after leading 2-0 at the break; and Free State beat KZN Inland 5-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time.
Day two scores were unavailable at the time of publication
Tuesday’s PMB fixtures: 9am EP vs Pens;11am KZN Raiders vs Blues; 1pm Southerns vs Wits; 3pm WP vs Free State. KZN Inland, North West (Bye).