Varsity College Old Boys score thrilling victory
Flyhalf Warren Randall kicked a superb late drop goal that secured a pulsating 25 - 22 victory for Varsity College Old Boys against rivals Acer Durban Collegians in a Fidelity Security Moor cup match on Friday night. In what can only be described as a great advert for club rugby, Old Boys won the epic encounter thanks to their flyhalf Randall, who kicked 17 out of his side's 25 points.
Old boys started brightly and dominated the first half of the game. They were 6 -0 up after 15 minutes after two penalties by Randall. However Collegians produced a superb counter attack in the 20th min to score their first try through Francois Kleinhans. More attacking rugby from Old boys saw them stretch their lead to 9-5; however they were undone again by Collegians in the 37th minute. Another fast flowing counter attack resulted in scrumhalf Dwayne Kelly scoring Collegians second.
Rowan Howse pulled a try back for Old boys and they went into the break 16-10 up. The second half was a much more tightly contested affair. Collegians scored 2 more tries from Kelly and Kyle Hartley whilst the Old boys scoreboard kept ticking over by the boot of Randall and Collen Mbangwa. This resulted in the game being locked at 22 all heading into the final 10 minutes. The tension around the supporters could be felt. In the 76th min Randall kicked the crucial drop goal (under a penalty adv) to give his side the lead. There was more drama at the death as Collegians got a penalty. Kelly missed the attempt which ensured a fantastic victory for Varsity College Old Boys.
Old boys coach, Carel Nel, was elated. He said: "It was a good game and I am glad the boys put it together and pulled it off. We had 2 lapses in defence and they punished us in the first half. I am ecstatic."
Old boys chairman Graham Thompson was very emotional. He said: "I am on the verge of tears; this is an amazing feeling - the topsy turvy nature of the match made it tense. This is my first victory over Collegians in my 3 year tenure and I am absolutely delighted."
Tiger-Tiger sponsored two Man of the Match awards. The backline player award went to Collegians Dwayne Kelly and the forward award was given to Old Boys' Bryan Shabangu. He was delighted and said: "I am very sore and tired. We just had to keep pushing all the way through. Last year we threw it away against them on this very ground so I am happy we pulled it off this time."
For the Record:
Varsity College Old Boys: 1 try Rowan Howse, 4pen, 1conv, 1 drop goal by Randall, 1 pen by Collen Mbangwa.
Collegians: 2 tries Kelly, 1 Hartley, 1 Kleinhans, 1 conv Crocker.
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