Young College team wins Durban leg of @lantic 7’s tournament

2012-08-21 00:00

MARITZBURG College have again won the Durban leg of the @lantic 7’s tournament, which was again held at Glenwood on Saturday.

This is the second consecutive year they have won at Glenwood and in 2010 were finalists, but lost against Pionier. They won all their pool games.

College entered a young team with only two matrics and without Jesse Kriel on SA Schools duty, but the youngsters came to the party.

First up was against Sarel Cilliers, who had lost in the final against Pionier.

This game they won 29-0 with five tries and this gave them confidence ahead of the other pool games.

Kingsway gave some resistance in the first half, but were beaten 45-7.

Northwood, who had beaten DHS earlier on, were beaten 31-7 and then Port Shepestone 42-5.

The final pool game was against DHS. The latter started well scoring three quick tries, with College scoring one converted try of their own.

The team rallied at half time and came out firing scoring five unanswered tries to win 36-17.

College then faced Kearsney in the semi-final of the cup competition.

They had looked good in their pool games, but the good College defence, kept Kearsney out.

Eventually Lindo Ngcobo broke the deadlock, with a good team try. College eventually ran out comfortable winners, scoring four tries and converting all four, and conceding two unconverted tries winning 28–10.

The final was against hosts Glenwood, who had qualified for the final, on a count out with Michaelhouse. They too got better and better during the day.

In the first half, College defended really well, and played good sevens taking a 12–5 lead at the break.

College were down to nine fit players, always a difficult task in the final with 10 minutes a half.

College rotated their nine players, cleverly and managed another early try in the second half, to take a 17–5 lead.

They started tiring and conceded a further two tries, but cleverly kept the tries out wide, and with the strong wind the kicking conditions were not easy.

As the final siren went a very delighted captain Ayanda Jili kicked the ball into touch to claim a narrow two point 17-15 win.

College now go forward to the National Schools Sevens tournament, held in Pretoria during November.

They will be hoping to have a stronger squad, which will likely include both Kriel twins and other senior players.

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