Collegians win tense derby

2017-08-22 06:01

Collegians Rugby Club were in excellent form on their homeground in Lentegeur with a 31-26 victory against Surrey Estate Rangers in a super league B game on Saturday.

The win will go a long way for Collegians which see them move away from the relegation zone with one game left to be played in the league.

They scored a try in the first minute of the game when Riefaat Jappie bulldozed his way over the white wash from the kick-off.

The homeground of Collegians, which is commonly known as “Kriefgat”, got the local supporters off their feet when Shabier Baradien broke through numerous tackles to score a converted try for the home team which gave them an advantage of 14-0 after 10 minutes.

Rangers left their defensive pattern in the change room during the first quarter of the game but got onto the scoreboard after 25 minutes thanks to a try by Abubaker Francis after constant pressure on the opposition’s try line.

The game had its fare share of drama with two yellow cards for Collegians and a red card for Abdullah Jacobs of Rangers for foul play.

Jacobs’s physical presence in the line outs and rucks was missed.

Collegians used the loss of Jacobs to their advantage and capitalised on a mistake by the Rangers forwards to score a try by Riefaat Jappie, who completed his brace to bring the first half to a close on 21-5.

Rangers were a different team in the second half and showed more purpose in their attacks.

Flank forward Ishaam Samaai, who came on as a substitute at the start of the second half, was instrumental in getting his team on the front foot.

Instructions from coach Ebrahim “Baba” Moerat to turn the heavier Collegians forwards around with tactical kicking worked well.

The visitors camped out on their opponents’ 25m line and were rewarded with tries by Faeez Charles and Tashreeq Bester.

Collegians, who gave away seven penalties in the second half, were on the receiving end of good goal kicking by Charles.

It was Charles who add a further six points which allowed the lead change hands in favour of Rangers to 23-21 in the 70th minute.

Collegians got their mojo back with a converted try by Kyle Morta and a penalty by Tohier Manual to turn the game on its head with a 31-23 lead.

A late penalty by Charles for Rangers ensured they got a point out of the game for losing within seven points, but it was the home team who collected the full bouquet of five points for their win.


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