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Monday, 15 May 2017 11:03

Rugby: Match report - Maritzburg College vs Michaelhouse

The powerful Ntuthuko Mchunu, backed up by his team mate Andile Khanyile, breaks through a number of tackles The powerful Ntuthuko Mchunu, backed up by his team mate Andile Khanyile, breaks through a number of tackles Matt Marshall Photography

Playing in a schools reunion day is always something special, playing in a Maritzburg College reunion day is unforgettable.

Thousands of Old Boys and their families descended on Goldstones on Saturday to watch their alma mater take on Michaelhouse in what was always going to be a a hotly contested game.

College started the game having to do a lot of defending and it took a really special piece of play from their open side flanker, Ntuthuko Mchunu, who broke through a number of tackles, to run almost 70m before being tackled close to the try line. Quick ball from there allowed lock Jarryd Van der Linde to force his way over. Wing Sean Weidemann added the extra two.

Michaelhouse then hit back with a well worked converted try of there own.

College scored another two tries in the first half, the first one by captain Ross Williamson after a good scrum allowed him to step through the defense and the second by Nkondlo Radebe, after a good charge down by centre Njabulo Mjara allowed him to gather and score under the uprights. Weidemann added the conversions. College went into the half time break with a 21-7 lead.

The second half started at an even faster pace. Both teams willing to throw the ball around and this allowed for some good attractive rugby.

College opened the scoring through centre Mjara, who broke through the defense to score out in the left hand corner. Weidemann adding the extra two. Michaelhouse must be commended for there never say die attitude, and they quickly added two tries if there own. The game went to and fro with both sides showing attacking intent. College then scored a long range try after a good lineout move allowed the unstoppable Mchunu to go over in the left hand corner. Weidemann added the extra two. Another two College tries, one by fullback Jaco Truter and the other by the impressive Mjara looked to have sealed the game, however, as the had done throughout the game, Michaelhouse hit back with another try to set up a great final 10 minutes.

The final score 49-31 to College.

Anyone who witnessed the game on Goldstones on Saturday would all agree that it was a wonderful spectacle and a great advert for school boy rugby in KZN. Well done to both sides for showcasing great skill and positive intent which allowed for the free flowing game that was appreciated by the large crowd who had gathered for the showpiece.

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