Queens College comprehensively beat a gallant Hangklip 63 - 20 on the Victoria Recreation Ground this past Friday afternoon. The match was played in near perfect weather conditions, but the match itself was far from perfect
Queen’s College stuttered and spluttered in the first half. The hosts were a far cry from the team that drew with Selborne the previous week. They appeared intent on bullying their opponents instead outwitting them and were extremely disappointing to watch. If anything, it was Hangklip that did the outwitting. They looked very competitive in the first half and suckered their more illustrious opponents into making error after error.
Queen’s College lead 22-11 at half-time after a try from their brilliant loosehead prop Mandilake Ponco and their flyhalf, Joshua Stander, kicked a conversion and five penalties. Hangklip replied with a brilliant try by fullback, Marco Marais, and scrumhalf Jeandre Smit was on target with two penalties.
Queen’s College coach, John Duncan was clearly disappointed with his troops’ performance in the first half and must have given them some words of encouragement because they were a very different team in the second half. However, the opening 10 minutes saw Hangklip draw even closer through twi penalties by Smit. At 22-17 many would think that Queen’s was in serious trouble, but a 41 point blitz saw them run off with a comprehensive win and leave Hangklip dead on their feet. Scorers for Queen’s College were prop Mongezi Manzi, Ponco, Stander, replacement loose forward, Khanya Mzilikazi, wing Luyolo Gqeba and eigthman Johan Meyer (2). Stander added just three conversions. Smit would add another penalty for Hangklip, but the result was not in doubt.
This fixture is always an uncompromising battle between two local teams and is always physical. Hangklip fought valiantly and were very competitive for most of the match, but Queen’s College deserve as much credit for the way they approached the second half.
Queen’s College have two remaining fixtures this season when they take on Cambridge this coming weekend and then the revenge match against Dale College. Both fixtures will be played on the REC.
By Hayden Buchholz
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