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Woodridge 1st XV rugby dominate Kingswood in Grahamstown

Jul 18, 2017
Woodridge 1st XV rugby dominate Kingswood in Grahamstown

The Woodridge College 1st XV rugby side travelled to Grahamstown on Saturday, where they faced a stern Kingswood College outfit, after having been prominent Eastern Cape contenders last year.

With much continued pressure in early in the game in Kingswood's territory, Woodridge took an early 6-0 lead, with two penalties converted from left wing, Mark van Rensburg.

Kingswood then had strong response to that and pressed hard on Woodridge's line, but the boys in gold showed great defensive resilience to deflect Kingswood's onslaught. 

After some outstanding interplay and handling between forwards and backs, the Woodridge blind side flanker, Yorke Mulckhuyse, broke on the left-hand side of the field and scored a great try in the corner. Van Rensburg then converted the extras to give Woodridge a half time lead of 13-0.

A strong second half surge from Woodridge saw, eighth-man, Ethan de Nysschen, run in a hat-trick of tries. Every time Nysschen touched the ball, he challenged the Kingswood defence and was the catalyst for many line breaks.

Woodridge flyhalf, Cole Schoeman, also controlled the game well and alternated astute tactical kicking with his natural running game, which led to tries from inside-centre, Ethan Haynes and Mark van Rensburg.

All in all, it was a dominant display by the Woodridge forwards, along with a well organised and committed defensive performance and clinical backline display, that set up the convincing 44-0 victory. 

Image:Woodridge eighth-man, Ethan de Nysschen, breaks the Kingswood defence to score one of his three tries in the 44-0 victory over Kingswood on Saturday.