(Photo Credit: Union High School)
It was a tough day on the rugby field for all the Union teams this past Saturday, 27 April, as Aliwal North proved to be a worthy adversary.
The junior teams struggled a bit with the intensity, physicality and directness with which Aliwal North played.
The second team completely dominated their match, which encouraged the first team boys to give it everything they've got.
The first XV's match started off with a bang with both teams playing at an incredible pace and intensity.
Lapses in concentration and defensive structures quickly saw the 'Mighty Whites' 12 - 0 down.
After calming the storm and regaining composure, the boys soon found their rhythm and got onto the scoreboard through a try by Bowen Langmead.
Aliwal North once again capitalised on one of Union's mistakes and converted to make the score 19 - 5.
Good interplay between Ashton Dawids and Zusakhe Ngwane saw Union cross the line again.
Brilliant pressure from the base of the scrum saw Brett Amsterdam charge down a kick in the Aliwal North goal area which led to a try by Khanya Butshingi.
Union trailed 19 - 15 at halftime.
UHS regained control of the game in the second half and were first to score in the second half.
A brilliant maul followed up by great play by the backline saw Junior Duba score in the corner.
The scoreboard now read UHS 22 - 19 ANHS.
With confidence growing and good ball possession, Jaden Brotherton created space and put Bladen Jacobs away to score under the poles. Jaden converted to take the score to 27 - 19 in Union's favour.
Aliwal North once again scored as a result of a blunder by Union and converted to make the score stand at 27 - 26 in favour of Union.
Union held on well and kept their heads in this seesaw battle. The boys showed tremendous character and a fighting spirit to the bitter end.
The final score was Union 27, Aliwal North 26.
Union's try scorers were Bowen Langmead, Zusakhe Ngwane, Khanya Butshingi, Junior Duba and Bladen Jacobs.
Jaden Brotherton successfully converted 1 from 5.
The other rugby results saw the u/14A lose 14 - 17, the u/15A team lose 19 - 17 and the u/16A team lose 43 - 14. The second team won 44 - 12.
Article by: Union High School