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KES supporters had to wait twenty-two years to beat Affies who had one or two narrow escapes in the ten games played between these two schools. And sweeter the victory could not have been with most of the schoolboy rugby supporters saw today's game as an easy practice game for Affies before the Wildeklawer festival next weekend.
Affies started like a house on fire and lead 15-0 within the first twenty minutes and ended the first half leading 22-7 with the KES side showing glimpses of what was to come in the second half. KES dominated proceedings in the second half scoring twenty-one unanswered points to the lead (28-22) for the first time with fifteen minutes to go. Affies came immediately back and was awarded a penalty try after KES pulled down Affies' driving maul on the KES tryline.
KES continued to put pressure on the Affies defence and after a failed penalty kick attempt by KES, they scored the winning try in the corner to earn their first win against Affies with 33-29.
As an Affies supporter, it will be easy to explain why Affies lost but I do feel that will be completely disrespectful to the effort of the KES team. Affies was in complete control for most of the first half but the pressure KES started to put Affies under, forced Affies into making several mistakes in defence and attack. KES controlled the ball on the ground and was awarded several penalties for their efforts on the ground. The KES pack's performance definately the catalyst for their win today with their KES' backline using the quality ball provided to attack with purpose. Outside centre Ngia Selengbe was definately the star at the back, creating opportunities for everybody surrounding him.
But in the end a brilliant fifteen man effort. KES deserved to win and make history.
Affies: Tries: Crafford, Visser (2), Barkhuizen, Penalty try Conversion: Crafford
KES: Tries: Selengbe (2), Fisher, du Plessis (2) Conversion: Redcliffe (4)