Roses struggle to get Super League A campaign off the ground


Rosmead-based Primrose’s first team suffered their fifth defeat of the season, going down 24-0 against a rampant Durb-Bell side in a Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League A fixture, at home, on Saturday.

Despite some resistance from the homeside, the northern suburbs side proved to be far more powerful.

To their credit, Roses tried every trick in the book but could not unlock their opponents’ defence.

Primrose are now 12th on the 15-team log with eight points, having won one of their six matches – three points above 13th-placed Sir Lowrians and eight above UWC and NNK, who are yet to register points.

Club president Fagier Gamieldien admitted the side had a difficult start to the season but was quick to note that it was just a matter of time before they turned their season around.

He said everyone at the club is aware that they have to recover quickly if they are to make an impact, as time is not on their side. That is easier said than done as they have a lot of ground to cover, trailing log leaders False Bay by a massive 21 points.

But, says Gamieldien, there’s no better opportunity to turn their fortunes around than their next match, at home in Rosmead, against fellow strugglers NNK, on Saturday.

However, the game will not be easy as the northern suburbs side will, in all likelihood, fancy their chances as they are chasing their first victory of the season, said Gamieldien.

As such, he said, Primrose will have to be at their best and leave no room for complacency on Saturday.

“We may have lost a number of matches but that doesn’t mean we played badly,” he said.

“Against champions Durb-bell, for instance, we held them for most of the game. In fact, the score was 10-0 with few minutes remaining. I think a lapse in concentration cost us the game,” he said.

He said the fact that the side has been playing in the Super League A for a number of years enables them to compete with any team in the league.

“All we need is to make good use of the chances that come our way and the results will follow,” he said.