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The rugby bragging rights among Joburg’s Catholic schools belong to St Benedict’s College after they smashed St David’s Marist Inanda 42-0, in Inanda, on Saturday.
The game was played in front of a capacity crowd – it was St David’s reunion day – and the atmosphere was electric with the St David’s learners screaming their lungs out right until the final whistle despite their team copping a bit of a hiding.
The half time score was 0-0, after a scrappy first half which saw both sides squander possible scoring opportunities. St David’s came close to scoring but were thwarted by a heroic cover-defence tackle and the St Benedict’s kicker hit the upright with a penalty attempt, but there was little else to enthuse about.
St Benedict’s centre Thulane Ngobe got the first of what would turn out to be a hat-trick of tries when he was put clear 40m out in the first minute of the second half. He got his second five minute later when the home defence made a mess of a speculative up-and-under kick and he got a favourable bounce and went over under the posts. Both tries were converted by scrum-half and captain Tiaan de Klerk, making it 14-0 to the visitors.
St David’s then had their best period of the game. They kept the ball through numerous phases and hammered away at the Bennies tryline, but were repelled, time and again, by a solid defence.
Once they had weathered that storm, Bennies stepped up a gear and took control of the game. They were superior in the scrums, taking two tightheads and winning several penalties. They also forced numerous turnovers at the rucks and generally starved St David’s of any quality possession.
Two errors by St David’s in their own 22m area led to two tries by Bennies lock Joshua Langman before Ngobe intercepted a pass deep in his own half and ran the length of the field to complete his hat-trick.
Flanker Matthew Winter drove the final nail into the coffin when he crossed over in injury try for the sixth Bennies try. De Klerk converted all six of them.
St Benedict’s: Tries: Thulane Ngobe (3), Jshua Lngman (2), Matthew Winter. Conversions: Tiaan de Klerk (6).
Article by: Theo Garrun