Mighty Elephants Stomp Griffons

www.MyPE.co.za: The
Mighty Elephants scored 16 unanswered second-half points to beat the
Griffons 29-16 (halftime 13-16) in their ABSA Currie Cup First Division
match played at the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) Stadium in Port
Elizabeth on Saturday 5 September 2009.

Wesley Dunlop - Mighty Elephants Rugby PlayerAfter the
Springboks defeat at the hands of the Australians, the Longair and I
wandered down to the EPRU Stadium, looking for a little
bit of cheer in our rugby depressed lives and certainly got it.

Of course, the fact that free entrance to the grounds had been
advertised in The Herald certainly helped in the
motivation to hold
back on the Fanta Browns so that we could drive down to catch the
Mighty Elephants play against the Griffons.

Upon arrival we were told that entrance was actually only free
to red clad spectators, but a little
flashing of the plethora of media badges and vests that we seem to have
accumulated over the years finally convinced the security guard that we
were there to help promote and encourage our little Eastern
Province team. We still had to pay Five Bucks for parking though.

So that was the first hurdle over, the next was to get onto the field
and, in the absence of an official media pass (I have tried, believe
me I have!), we went to Plan B in our dastardly effort to gain field
access and get a few images of the rugby. I have a practice that works
a treat – look like a worker bee and you will gain access almost
anywhere. Walk into any building carrying a stepladder and a toolbox
and the security guards will escort you anywhere you like, some will
even carry the ladder for you! Of course even the slowest of security
guards would not let The Longhair and I onto a rugby field carrying a
ladder and a toolbox – I know that Eastern Province Rugby needs some
fixing, but with a hammer and a wrench!

And the upshot of my maudlin ramblings? The Longhair shouldered the
camera bag with some random media pass hanging from it and, with me
carrying my notebook and pen, entrance to the tunnel and onto the field
was a breeze.

Once on the field we had a quick public greeting with young Herald
Photographer, Mike Holmes, and our bona fides were set.

The Mighty Elephants share the First Division of the ABSA Currie Cup
with Pumas, South Western Districts, Griffons, Border and Valke. The
four points from Saturday’s win have placed them tie third on the log
with the Griffons on 20 points. First on the log are Pumas with 29
points and second are South Western Districts with 21 points.

De Wet Barry - Mighty Elephants Rugby PlayerEastern Province
rugby appears to be in the ascendancy once again with a
solid forward pack creating opportunities for the backs who scored
three tries – former Blue Bulls winger, Rocco Jansen with two and
former
Springbok De Wet Barry with one. Wesley Dunlop was successful with one
conversion and four penalties for a total of 29 points.

In reply the Griffons, Fabian Juries scored one try, converted by
Kennedy Tsimba who also slotted three penalties for a total of 16
points.

The Mighty Elephants seem to be weak in the lineout with not much ball
going their way and the scrums were more or less equal. Capitalising on
mistakes by the Griffons led to all the Mighty Elephants tries with Rocco Jansen
providing a scintillating run
from the halfway line to score
under the
Griffons posts in the second half.

The last 10 minutes of the game saw tension and a lack of cohesion
contributing to the Mighty Elephants failing to score one more try
which would have given them vital bonus points to ascend
to second
place on the ABSA Currie Cup log.

Port Elizabeth’s Mighty Elephants flanker, Jacques Potgieter, was
deservedly named man of the match.

The EPRU Stadium is looking a little worse for wear. We need to realise
that everything takes money and Eastern Province rugby is in desperate
need of a good product to sell to the spectators who will bring the
money in. It seems almost ridiculous that one has to pay to watch a
rugby game at one or more of the better schools in Port Elizabeth and
it is still possible to attend a Mighty Elephants game for free. I, for
one am quietly confident that the Mighty Elephants will soon be
Stomping the Field‘ again.

The Eastern Province
Mighty Elephants 2009 Rugby Squad Members:

Ki Anufe, Sinethemba Jack, Enoch Panya, De Wet Barry, EP Jacobs,
Michael John Richard Passaportis, Yves Bashiya, Rocco Reginald Jansen,
Alfonso Pietersen, Carl Bezuidenhout, Sivuyile Kobokana, Michael
Poppmeier, Willie Bower, Raoul Jonathan Larson, Ulrich Jacques
Potgieter, Ryan Clifford Brown, Marlon Shaun Lewis, Uwe Gerdus Sauer,
Henk de Ridder, Hercú Liebenberg, Andries Adriaan Smit, Horse Dunlop,
Elroy John Ligman, Ruahan van Jaarsveld, Bobby Dyer, Siviwe Wilmot
Magaba, Johann van Niekerk, Chad Erskine, Luvuyo Mhlobiso, Jaco van
Schalkwyk, Willem Cornelius Esterhuizen, Sangoni Mxoli, Trichardt van
Tonder, Pate Fatafehi, Lubabalo Athini Mzwakali, Michael Vermaak,
Giovano Etienne (Boulo) Fourie, Howard Noble, Ashley Viviers, Simeon
Geldenhuys, Phumlani Eddie Nodikida, Warren Roger Whiteley, Thandinkosi
Geleba, Ayanda Maxwell Nogampula.

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from the Mighty Elephants vs Griffons Rugby Game
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Mighty Elephants Stomp Griffons

www.MyPE.co.za: The
Mighty Elephants scored 16 unanswered second-half points to beat the
Griffons 29-16 (halftime 13-16) in their ABSA Currie Cup First Division
match played at the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) Stadium in Port
Elizabeth on Saturday 5 September 2009.

Wesley Dunlop - Mighty Elephants Rugby PlayerAfter the
Springboks defeat at the hands of the Australians, the Longair and I
wandered down to the EPRU Stadium, looking for a little
bit of cheer in our rugby depressed lives and certainly got it.

Of course, the fact that free entrance to the grounds had been
advertised in The Herald certainly helped in the
motivation to hold
back on the Fanta Browns so that we could drive down to catch the
Mighty Elephants play against the Griffons.

Upon arrival we were told that entrance was actually only free
to red clad spectators, but a little
flashing of the plethora of media badges and vests that we seem to have
accumulated over the years finally convinced the security guard that we
were there to help promote and encourage our little Eastern
Province team. We still had to pay Five Bucks for parking though.

So that was the first hurdle over, the next was to get onto the field
and, in the absence of an official media pass (I have tried, believe
me I have!), we went to Plan B in our dastardly effort to gain field
access and get a few images of the rugby. I have a practice that works
a treat – look like a worker bee and you will gain access almost
anywhere. Walk into any building carrying a stepladder and a toolbox
and the security guards will escort you anywhere you like, some will
even carry the ladder for you! Of course even the slowest of security
guards would not let The Longhair and I onto a rugby field carrying a
ladder and a toolbox – I know that Eastern Province Rugby needs some
fixing, but with a hammer and a wrench!

And the upshot of my maudlin ramblings? The Longhair shouldered the
camera bag with some random media pass hanging from it and, with me
carrying my notebook and pen, entrance to the tunnel and onto the field
was a breeze.

Once on the field we had a quick public greeting with young Herald
Photographer, Mike Holmes, and our bona fides were set.

The Mighty Elephants share the First Division of the ABSA Currie Cup
with Pumas, South Western Districts, Griffons, Border and Valke. The
four points from Saturday’s win have placed them tie third on the log
with the Griffons on 20 points. First on the log are Pumas with 29
points and second are South Western Districts with 21 points.

De Wet Barry - Mighty Elephants Rugby PlayerEastern Province
rugby appears to be in the ascendancy once again with a
solid forward pack creating opportunities for the backs who scored
three tries – former Blue Bulls winger, Rocco Jansen with two and
former
Springbok De Wet Barry with one. Wesley Dunlop was successful with one
conversion and four penalties for a total of 29 points.

In reply the Griffons, Fabian Juries scored one try, converted by
Kennedy Tsimba who also slotted three penalties for a total of 16
points.

The Mighty Elephants seem to be weak in the lineout with not much ball
going their way and the scrums were more or less equal. Capitalising on
mistakes by the Griffons led to all the Mighty Elephants tries with Rocco Jansen
providing a scintillating run
from the halfway line to score
under the
Griffons posts in the second half.

The last 10 minutes of the game saw tension and a lack of cohesion
contributing to the Mighty Elephants failing to score one more try
which would have given them vital bonus points to ascend
to second
place on the ABSA Currie Cup log.

Port Elizabeth’s Mighty Elephants flanker, Jacques Potgieter, was
deservedly named man of the match.

The EPRU Stadium is looking a little worse for wear. We need to realise
that everything takes money and Eastern Province rugby is in desperate
need of a good product to sell to the spectators who will bring the
money in. It seems almost ridiculous that one has to pay to watch a
rugby game at one or more of the better schools in Port Elizabeth and
it is still possible to attend a Mighty Elephants game for free. I, for
one am quietly confident that the Mighty Elephants will soon be
Stomping the Field‘ again.

The Eastern Province
Mighty Elephants 2009 Rugby Squad Members:

Ki Anufe, Sinethemba Jack, Enoch Panya, De Wet Barry, EP Jacobs,
Michael John Richard Passaportis, Yves Bashiya, Rocco Reginald Jansen,
Alfonso Pietersen, Carl Bezuidenhout, Sivuyile Kobokana, Michael
Poppmeier, Willie Bower, Raoul Jonathan Larson, Ulrich Jacques
Potgieter, Ryan Clifford Brown, Marlon Shaun Lewis, Uwe Gerdus Sauer,
Henk de Ridder, Hercú Liebenberg, Andries Adriaan Smit, Horse Dunlop,
Elroy John Ligman, Ruahan van Jaarsveld, Bobby Dyer, Siviwe Wilmot
Magaba, Johann van Niekerk, Chad Erskine, Luvuyo Mhlobiso, Jaco van
Schalkwyk, Willem Cornelius Esterhuizen, Sangoni Mxoli, Trichardt van
Tonder, Pate Fatafehi, Lubabalo Athini Mzwakali, Michael Vermaak,
Giovano Etienne (Boulo) Fourie, Howard Noble, Ashley Viviers, Simeon
Geldenhuys, Phumlani Eddie Nodikida, Warren Roger Whiteley, Thandinkosi
Geleba, Ayanda Maxwell Nogampula.

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from the Mighty Elephants vs Griffons Rugby Game
.

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