The 1st XV had another tough assignment this weekend as they came up against a Grey side who had found good form in the matches leading up to this fixture. The match kicked off on Lower in front of a large crowd that had gathered for the Reunion weekend.
The match started at a furious pace with both sides showing solid defence and a willingness to throw the ball around. It was College who found a hole in the defence first as Tim Bloem went around his marker before the ball was moved to the other touchline where flanker, Seb Mulders, crashed over. Dakin converted and College took the early lead. Grey struck back with a well worked move of their own soon after, and went into the lead thanks to a Curwin Bosch drop goal. Again College kept moving the ball and after some clever play by Dakin resulted in a penalty for College, tight head prop Sazi Sandi tapped quickly and crashed over to take College back into the lead 12-10.
Grey fought back well and gained some dominance with some good lineout drives and it was through one of these that they recaptured the lead before scoring another thanks to a good off load in the tackle by their centres. College were unlucky not to score again before half time as a late pass went astray and the half time score of 12-22 was probably not a fair reflection of the half of rugby witnessed by the spectators.
The second half kicked off and a similar pattern emerged as the first half as both sides played the game at high tempo with play shifting from end to end. Grey were the first to score as they went through a series of phases stretching their lead to 12-29. College had some opportunities but struggled to finish them thanks to some desperate Grey defence. Eventually College narrowed the lead through a penalty. Grey then produced a great schoolboy counter attack try to effectively take the game away from College at 15-36. However as we saw last week this is not a College side that lies down easily and they came storming back in the final 12 minutes. They scored a try through replacement centre Tom Lane and were unlucky not to get another one at least in the dying minutes as they fought to the final whistle.
In the end a fantastic game and a great advert for schoolboy rugby as Grey ran out deserved winners 36-22.
U14A 13 – 53 u14B 0 – 32 U14C 0 – 59
U15A 3 – 31 U15B 0 – 26 U15C 12 – 24
U16A 20 – 35 U16B 15 – 18 U16C 14 – 22 U16D 13 – 18
6THS 0 – 67 5THS 7 -27 4THS 7 – 62
3RDS 0 -51 2NDS 0 -41
It was a tough day for all of our teams. However our point’s difference on the day was 235 better than last year. These are the battles we need to keep winning. A total of 126 points for us on the day.
The player of the day was Sebastian Mulders followed closely by last week’s top performer Will McAdam.