Queens College travelled to East London on Saturday afternoon to take on Port Rex. The match was a repeat of the main game played in March at the Border Schools Rugby Day, but unfortunately did not deliver the same razzle-dazzle brand of rugby. The men from Queenstown won the March fixture 61-0 and were simply outstanding, but they were a very different team this past weekend and managed a pedestrian 28-0.
Queen’s College started the game in the best possible way. Joshua Stander kicked off, the ball bounced into the hands of Johan Meyer and the burly No.8 scored in the corner, just 25 seconds into the game. Stander missed the conversion, but the scene was set for a repeat of the March fixture. Unfortunately this would not be the case. Queen’s College would add just two penalties through the boot of Stander for an 11-0 half time lead.
Port Rex deserves credit for their preparation and approach to this game. They were competitive in the set pieces, aggressive at rucks and mauls and scrambled well on defence, but unfortunately lacked the necessary finesse and accuracy to convert opportunity into points and forced Queen’s College into making many unforced errors. They would have been very satisfied with their first half performance.
The second half produced a further three tries for the visitors, but continued to be a stop-start affair with very little precision and skill on display. Left wing, Chumani Mase and lock Kevin Kaba (two tries) joined the score sheet with Stander adding just the one conversion.
It was obvious to everyone who watched the match to see where things went wrong for Queen’s College, but it would be unfair to single out the match official as the only culprit. Port Rex were full value for the result and must be commended for the turnaround in their performance compared with the March fixture.
Queen’s College will need to lift themselves for this coming weekend when they take on Selborne College in East London. It will be an important fixture for the men from Queenstown, not only because of the expected Old Boy support, but also because they came very close in April when the first fixture was played in Queenstown. Selborne won that tense fixture by 19 points to 13 and will be wary of the Queen’s College backlash. This will be a genuine Classic Clash.
By Hayden Bucholz
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