Rose­buds bloom in Round Two

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By CHESLEY DANIELS

The sec­ond round East­ern Prov­ince Rugby Union Grand Chal­lenge Shield B en­counter be­tween the Rose­buds and St Marks took place in front of a large crowd in Alicedale on Sat­ur­day 14 July. Both teams did not dis­ap­point and en­ter­tained ev­ery­one with some bril­liant and ex­cit­ing run­ning rugby.

The game, as ex­pected, was fast, hard, phys­i­cal and very in­tense. Rose­buds played more of a fast and quick game and were run­ning the ball from all cor­ners. Rose­buds’ young and ex­cit­ing back line were more ef­fec­tive with ball in hand and caused ma­jor headaches on at­tack. St Marks’ pow­er­ful and dom­i­nant for­wards, who usu­ally dom­i­nate mat­ters, were quiet and were kept at bay by the Rose­buds pack.

St Marks won the first round Derby 28-10 ear­lier in the sea­son, but a coura­geous come­back from the Buds saw them equal mat­ters. Lance Louw slot­ted an early drop goal for Rose­buds, while Charl Barthers coun­tered with a try for St Marks 5-3. Louw slot­ted two more penal­ties while Etienne Blou of St Marks replied with one him­self to take the scores to 9-8 at break in favour of Rose­buds. An ex­cit­ing sec­ond half awaited for the crowd as both teams searched for scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Winger Gwen­ton Ce­dras of Rose­buds scored in the left hand cor­ner af­ter some bril­liant back line play early in the sec­ond half. Min­utes later, Blou slot­ted a penalty to nar­row mat­ters 14-11.

Late in the sec­ond half, Cameron Jewell of St Marks bull­dozed his way through four de­fend­ers to score, al­low­ing the St Marks side to go out to a 14-16 lead. In the dy­ing mo­ments of the game, a late charge by re­place­ment winger of St Marks led to a penalty. Ed­win Sat­ur­day lined the ball 40m from the left hand cor­ner and neatly strucked the ball high be­tween the up­rights. the last minute play re­sulted in the Rose­buds tak­ing home a 17-16 vic­tory at the end of a typ­i­cally in­tense derby.

Ear­lier in the day, the Rose­buds First Reserve team de­feated the St Marks First Reserve side by 31-6, al­low­ing the Rose­bud club to win the day over­all.

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Chiara Wil­liams of DSG, dur­ing the hockey fix­ture against Woodridge at DSG Web­ster Field in Gra­ham­stown, Sat­ur­day 14 July.

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Ed­win Sa­ter­dag leads the charge for the Rose­buds in their derby win over St Marks.

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