Geez what an incredible finish to this good game. Queen’s scored an awesome try with hardly any time lift to take the lead. Dale struck back with a superb effort of their own to regain the lead by a point. Queen’s then produced some outstanding focused rugby combining good handling with continuity from rucks as part of a patient attack but the Dale defensive structures were up to the task and held out for a memorable win.
Report from Queen’s College:
Old rivals Queen’s College and Dale College met for the last fixture of the season at the C.B. Jennings in King Williams Town. The visitors played with a slight breeze at their backs in the first half. The hosts controlled the opening stages of the game and were relentless on attack. Only resolute defence from Queen’s prevented the hosts from scoring.
The hosts managed to break the dead lock in the 15th minute after Queen’s managed to steal a Dale College line out only to see the ball hacked ahead and for Thabiso Msiza to go crashing over for an unconverted try. Queen’s managed to get some possession and fought hard to stay in the contest. The opening score for Queen’s was from Liso Ntwanambi, who received a great pass from fly half Wilkinson, and then managed to evade three defenders. Justin Kuyler was successful with the conversion.
The hosts hit right back after Queen’s failed to take the kick off and the ball was passed to Godknows Mavara who dived over in the corner for his team’s second try. Queen’s applied a lot of pressure on the hosts for the rest of the half but only resolute defence kept them out. The score remained 10-7 to Dale at the break.
The second half was a closely contested affair with no quarter asked or given by both teams. Queen’s enjoyed territorial dominance and the lion’s share of possession but failed to convert pressure into points. Yaw Penxe managed to score for Queen’s after collecting a loose pass from Dale. The speedy winger managed to beat the cover defence and score under the poles. Albre Wagener was successful with the conversion and Queen’s led 14-10 with five minutes to go. The jubilation that the visitors experienced was however, short lived as Dale hit right back with a try from Siyanda Am. The conversion was wide and Dale led 15-14 with a minute to play. Queen’s threw everything into attack but lost the ball and Dale kicked it out for a close win.
The match was played in great spirit and both teams gave of their best in a game that was a good advert for schoolboy rugby which is symptomatic of the mutual respect between both schools.