Zu­l­u­land rugby off to fine win­ning start

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

THE Zu­l­u­land Sub Union rugby squad coached by Em­pan­geni’s Charles Mn­daweni got their sea­son off to a win­ning start, af­ter beat­ing South KZN 48-40 in a beamer of a game played in the Eastern Cape last week­end.

‘The game was high paced in the first half and we took an early 22-10 lead go­ing into the half time break,’ said Mn­daweni.

‘The start of the sec­ond half saw the boys take their feet off the pedal and South KZN dom­i­nated us in all as­pects for the first 20 min­utes.

‘With 10 min­utes to go, we were trail­ing 40-28.

‘But the boys picked up the pace and co­he­sion clicked. With putting phases to­gether and build­ing mo­men­tum we man­aged to steal the game 48-40.’

Men of the Match awards went to fly­half Hen­nie Janse van Rens­burg and flanker Du Toit Visser.

The squad, which is cap­tained by Richards Bay Rugby Club’s Der­rick Eh­lers, has play­ers from eShowe, Em­pan­geni, Richards

Bay, Hluh­luwe and Pon­gola Rugby Clubs rep­re­sent­ing the Sub Union.

The next as­sign­ment for Mn­daweni and his troops is to par­tic­i­pate in a tour­na­ment at Wood­burn Sta­dium in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg on Satur­day, 15 Septem­ber.

‘We will play against DRSU, South KZN and Mid­lands Rugby Union.

‘I would like to thank our spon­sor Bayete Zulu Game Re­serve for get­ting on board this sea­son.

‘We will be play­ing other fix­tures as soon as the KZNRU con­firm them.’

The suc­cess­ful Zu­l­u­land Sub Union rugby team that beat South KZN over the week­end

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