Improved rugby at KFC Night Series

2013-02-26 00:00

IN contrast to the first week, the second round of the KFC Voortrekker Night Series took place in glorious weather this past Friday. The rugby was also improved from the first round which would have pleased the coaches. Scrums, probably because it was more firm underfoot, were less often reset and there was plenty of running rugby.

The results from these games are not important as penalty kicks for points have seldom been attempted and the purpose is for coaches to finalise their teams and give them all a run out at this stage of pre-season.

The first match between Westville II and Linpark was a mismatch with the Westville side running the Linpark lads all over the ground and scoring nine tries with none against.

The second game was between Voortrekker and Greytown. It did give the Voortrekker coaching staff some idea of weaknesses in their play as the Greytown backline operated very efficiently with ball in hand. Voortrekker’s forwards arguably had the better of the game, but once Greytown won good ball they were always dangerous.

Greytown scored three tries in the match to Voortrekker’s one.

The final game was between Maritzburg College and Kearsney, the latter playing for the first time this season. It was an even game until the break, but it will be a little worrying for the College coach that, for the second time, the side appeared to run out of steam.

College scored just before the break and with their forwards again holding well in the tight phases, seemed to have the measure of Kearsney. Early in the second half Kearsney scored and gradually they began winning more clean ball. College began making more handling mistakes, admittedly when reserves came on, but Kearsney looked a more polished outfit in the second half as they ran in two more tries, one from a College mistake.

This coming Friday will be the last of the three rounds of the Night Series. College will play Voortrekker in the final game at 7.30 pm. The programme has been changed slightly from the one first published. Zakhe Agricultural College from Baynesfield will play the first game at 4.30 pm against Linpark. This will be followed by Westville against Greytown at 5.30 pm and at 6.30 pm Howick will make their first appearance against Voortrekker II, followed by the main game.

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