Schools’ rugby: KwaZulu-Natal teams find second day of play tough going

2012-07-05 00:00

YESTERDAY was a rest day, but the second day’s play on Tuesday was not a particularly good day for the KZN rugby sides in either Wellington, where the Academy Week is being played, or in Johannesburg where the U16 side are playing.

The Academy side, having lost their first game against SWD, were set to play the home union Boland, who had also lost against Free State on the first day. The KZN team did not learn from their first game and went through the motions in the first half without showing much intent. At half-time they were down 5-22, with a lone try being scored by hooker Sanele Pina (Glenwood).

They only started playing more committed rugby well into the second half, but the game was virtually over by then. Another yellow card, following the three that had been given in their first game, did again not help their cause.

The only positive to come out of the game is that they did finish on a stronger note, which may give them some confidence ahead of their last match today. They scored two tries and a penalty in the second half to lose 20-40. Number eight William Holder (St Charles) and flank Rupert Kay (Glenwood) scored the tries with Warren Potgieter (Glenwood) converting one and adding the penalty.

The second KZN side in Wellington, the Country Districts XV, followed up the seven tries scored on Monday with another four against the Griffons. It was a much tighter game as they won 25-22, but if they had had a recognised place kicker it would have been by more. Nevertheless, after struggling initially in the lineouts and a scrappy first half where KZN led 12-7, their play improved in the second half.

In Johannesburg, the KZN U16 side at the Grant Khomo week were on the wrong side of the result against Eastern Province.

In a titanic battle neither side could score points, although the KZN boys did have chances. In the last minute of the game, EP turned the ball over after a tackle on the halfway line. They spread it wide and outflanked the defence to score in the corner and win the game 5-0.

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