A late try under the sticks by Headboy Mufaro Mpisaunga saved St John’s College from a heartbreaking loss to Falcon College yesterday afternoon at the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival. The Rams won 21-18 against the Esigodini outfit.
St John’s lead all the way, scoring an early try and holding on to a 7-6 lead as they headed into the halftime break. Discipline, or rather lack thereof, threatened to undo St John’s hard work at the breakdown and in the midfield as they gave away penalties, but Falcon failed to capitalize on the opportunities.
The Rams were physical and took the ball up with pace. Though Falcon’s Maddogs matched the physicality of the Rams they were raffled mentally and couldn’t make the gutsy decisions, like going for the corner off a penalty in front of the posts, that we have come to know them for. With six minutes left on the clock Falcon scored a try through the massive and explosive Cleopas Kundiona to lead for the first time in the encounter but the Rams came back and were rewarded with a try from Mpisaunga that saw them claim a well deserved 21-18 victory.
St George’s College clashed with Churchill in an earlier encounter, losing 28-10 to the Bulldogs. It might be too early to call, but judging from how St George’s struggled to gel in their victory over Hellenic on Monday and how they were exposed by Churchill yesterday, it looks like it’s going to be a tough season for Saints.
Hosts Prince Edward Tigers registered their second victory in two games, posting 28-13 over Kyle College. While the Tigers continue to win, the coaches certainly have work to do on the discipline front. The Tigers have earned themselves five yellow cards from two games, with all cards coming in the second halves so far. That indiscipline translates to 50 out of 120 match time playing with 14 men. Can you imagine what a formidable side the Tigers could be if they play a full game with 15 men?
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