PLAYING their first home schools’ rugby game of the season, Kingswood shaded Hudson Park 20-19 in a seesaw battle in Grahamstown at the weekend.
The first half was dominated by Kingswood as their forwards won clean lineout and scrum possession for their backs.
Cameron Hertz put Kingswood in front with a long-range penalty as they dominated territory.
The home backline had numerous breaks, particularly at centre, where Hertz and Somila Jho combined well to cut holes in the Hudson Park defence. However, against the run of play, Hudson intercepted and ran through for a converted try.
Kingswood scored two converted tries in the first half, the first by Jho and the second by flank Ryan Victor.
The visitors, though, stayed in touch by scoring again just before half time to trail 17-12 at the break.
The second half was a somewhat scrappy affair, with Kingswood squandering some scoring opportunities by unfortunate decision-making at the last hurdle.
Hudson Park then took the lead with another good try following a chip kick, going ahead 19-17.
Hertz, however, reclaimed the lead for Kingswood with his second penalty and the home side held on for the 20-19 win.