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Graeme College hockey, rugby reports against Cradock, Union

Jun 27, 2017
Graeme College hockey, rugby reports against Cradock, Union

The Graeme College 1st XI hockey travelled up to Graaff Reinet on Friday to start the weekends fixtures. First up was the hockey fixture against Cradock High School, with both teams still developing the game at their respective schools.

Graeme were superb, and played attractive possession focussed hockey. Cradock defended well, but the Graeme side has developed superbly over the last few months and were a little too strong.

In the end, Graeme scored eight goals but that was far from the most important aspect of the game. It was just fantastic to play in the backdrop of the mountains at Union High School. It was a great start to the weekend, with the rugby starting the next morning.

The rugby kicked off as always with the U9A’s playing barefoot rugby on a very crisp morning. They are a tough group though, and managed to stay as clinical as always winning 49-10.

It was a good day for Graeme College rugby as they won all but one of the matches including an impressive 1st XV win. The Graeme 1st XV did not have much possession in the first half, but they managed to score three tries and looked dangerous every time that got their hands on the ball.

Two of the tries were converted by Sivu Ngqiyaza, to bring their half time tally up to 19. The Union backline looked very capable of breaking the defensive line, but the Graeme defence has been brilliant all season. 

Cameron Amos scored two tries as he had yet another strong performance at scrumhalf. Union High managed a penalty and a try of their own to bring their tally up to eight points at half time.

Graeme led 19-8 at the break, but would’ve been frustrated at the lack of possession, which continued at the start of the 2nd half. That being said there were moments of individual brilliance as Graeme looked dangerous whenever they had the ball in hand.

In fact, they seemed to score a try whenever they managed to get decent ball, which led to Graeme scoring another four tries in the 2nd half. Sivu Ngqiyaza converted two of the tries.

Special mention must be made of the last try where Eldrico Kivitts scored from his own 22m line, after beating numerous defenders on his way to a superb individual effort. Union High converted two penalties and scored a try of their own in the 2nd half.

Graeme will feel they were not at their best on the day, but they had too much firepower for Union and will be happy to end the term with a 43-19 victory. They will look forward to the remaining fixtures against Pearson, Kingswood and Muir in the 3rd term.

ImageGraeme College U9A rugby team in action against Union Primary 

Summary of Results:

U13B won 55-12, U11A won 21-19, U16A lost 34-31, 2nds won 55-5, U14A won 37-14, U15A won 38-10, 3rds won 55-7, U13A won 38-17, U9A won 49-10, 1st XV  won 43-19

1st XI Hockey vs Cradock, won 8-0

Caption: Graeme College U9A rugby team in action against Union Primary.