USING their bigger forwards to great effect, Solomon Mahlangu romped to a 27-0 win over Ithembelihle in their schools rugby encounter in Uitenhage at the weekend.
The home side dominated all aspects of the game, shoving the lighter Ithembe forwards off the ball at the scrums and outjumping them in the lineouts. Solomon Mahlangu also made good use of the strong wind at their backs in the first half, kicking for territory and then forcing Ithembe into mistakes in their own 22m area.
Once Solomon Mahlangu secured possession, they used their advantage to run through the Ithembe defence.
Ithembe also struggled against the wind and when diminutive fullback Ayabonga Mteto tried to clear the ball, it was blown over his head and Solomon Mahlangu easily secured possession to score a try.
The home side led 17-0 at half time and although Ithembe fought strongly in the second half, some resolute defence kept them from scoring.
Nobody tried harder than Ithembe captain Siyamtanda Mcwabeni, flank Diva Busakwe, hooker McCaw Nqweniso and fullback Mteto.
Solomon Mahlangu scored two late tries as Ithembe threw caution to the wind to try to score, paying the price as the Uitenhage side pounced on the ball to run out comfortable winners.
Solomon Mahlangu’s points came from tries by prop Luphelo Hanabe (2), fullback Mcebisi Hini and centre Cebolwethu Duruwe, and two conversions and a penalty by centre Luxolo Mphephuka.
St Andrew’s v Marlow
ST Andrew’s had a rusty start to their second half of the season when they were beaten 22-3 by Marlow at Marlow at the weekend.
After a long layoff, the team travelled to Cradock to play their first match after half term.
As always, the rugby at Marlow was hard and unforgiving. The hosts raced out to a 10-0 lead after some strong physical play up front and St Andrew’s never really recovered from this early onslaught.
Although the Grahamstown side played some constructive rugby and managed to gain some ascendency, they could not round off their opportunities, being stopped short of the line on numerous occasions.
On the stroke of half time, St Andrew’s converted a penalty and went into the break 10-3 down.
The second half started in similar vein, with St Andrew’s attacking but making numerous errors and allowing their hosts to maintain their stranglehold on the game.
As St Andrew’s became more desperate, errors crept in. Marlow surged further into the lead when they scored two more tries to run out convincing victors 22-3.