All downhill for Maritzburg College in Affies game after a promising first half

2013-07-23 00:00

MARITZBURG College travelled to Pretoria for their rugby clash against Affies on Saturday, the current top-ranked rugby school in the country.

It was expected to be tough and it certainly was, with a game College losing 20-51.

In the first half, the match was competitive as College tackled like demons. At the lineouts where Affies had been expected to dominate, College won their ball by varying the length and some accurate throwing. They held their own in the scrums, but were outpaced by the Affies backs.

With a minute remaining in the first half, the score was 17 apiece after two tries to College and three to Affies. Affies scored their fourth try on the half­time whistle and added another from the kick-off. These 12 points changed the game and it became all Affies as their backline ran through the College defence almost at random.

It may have been the effects of the bus trip or the physicality of the heavier Affies forwards, but the second half yielded five tries to the hosts, three coming in the last 10 minutes.

Their 2,05m lock RG Strydom had a tremendous game in the tight loose and with SA Schools centre Jurie Linde combining with fullback Eduan Keyter, the College backline had little to offer in defence in the last quarter.

College were first on the board with a penalty by Marcel Coetzee, but Affies replied with their opening try. This was countered by a superb effort from Kelvin Elder, who dotted down under the posts and with Coetzee’s conversion successful, the visitors led 10-5.

Affies responded with a converted try to snatch the advantage 12-10, which was increased to 17-10 with their third try.

College hit back immediately as flyhalf Karl Hillermann went over, again converted by Coet­zee, to draw level at 17 points apiece.

Then came the two-try blitz on either side of half time and although Coet­zee was successful with his second penalty and fourth kick to make the score 20-27, Affies dominated. Their backs were given too much space and they made it count, running through the opposition.

Other than the Seven’s tournament held at Crawford North Coast, the only other games in KZN were at Glenwood where they played the KZN Development teams. The KZN U19A lost 0-54 against Glenwood’s 2nd XV.

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