On Thursday night at Brookside The Thirds suffered a spirited loss to the UWC U20 Varsity Shield team. Ably led by Patrick Holman and Kurt “Sniper” Kuhn the guys came out firing from the first whistle. As expected we were dominant in the tight exchanges however struggled to turn this superiority into points. Biggie, making his tight forward debut at senior rugby, was a force to be reckoned with in the front row with Paddy leading from the front with some bustling strong runs. In the backs Ryan Grant had some moments of brilliance and Leroy Philander continued to put his hand up for 2nd team selection by showing off with some powerful runs, Vusi at the back looked deadly with ball in hand.
With the score at 12-7 down at halftime the guys were determined to make this a night to remember however this never came to fruition as our defence once again let us down. Full marks to UWC for their attacking style of rugger and making use of some silly turnovers by ourselves. UWC scored 2 more tries in the 2nd half to seal off the game. The final score was 24-7.
Forward man of the match – Biggie
Backline man of the match – Vusi
Tries: Patrick Holman
Conversion: Ryan Grant