The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Au­gust 29, 1966 — Old Mil­to­ni­ans, show­ing few signs of their gru­elling game against Maran­del­las yes­ter­day, beat Odzi by 17 points (a goal, two tries and two penal­ties) to six (two tries) in the fi­nal of the Globe and Phoenix rugby shield in Que Que to­day. At the in­ter­val, the Bu­l­awayo side led 6-3. This was an­other hard game, played mainly at for­ward, and it was sur­pris­ing to see Old Boys com­ing back so strongly to­wards the end.

There was lit­tle in it in the set pieces but Old Boys had the edge when the ball was loose. They had the bet­ter back line and fly half Joe Dey­sel put his side on the at­tack with many long touches.

Odzi should have ig­nored their op­po­nents’ rep­u­ta­tion for hard play and con­cen­trated on the ball. But they played into their op­po­nents’ hands in try­ing to match them in the hard rucks.

Old Mil­to­ni­ans got off to a quick start with a Dey­sel penalty in the first minute and fol­lowed up with a fine try by left winger Alan French, who rounded off a good back­line move­ment.

This stung Odzi into ac­tion and in the 13th minute, cen­tre Vivian Steyn rounded off an­other good back­line move­ment.

The teams ap­peared to be well-bal­anced when Odzi equalised ten min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val through a try by left wing Drobopou­los and they pressed hard.

But Old Boys staged a fine re­vival. Dey­sel forced Odzi back with some good touches and then a lit­tle punt ahead was gath­ered by cen­tre Jimmy Sto­bbs, who dived over for a try.

Only two min­utes later, McLaugh­lin charged down a kick in goal and fell over for an­other try. Dey­sel con­verted and Old Mil­to­ni­ans were 14-6 ahead.

Dey­sel made vic­tory safe in the sec­ond half, con­vert­ing his sec­ond penalty.

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