ON a breezy day in East London, Kingswood ran out 50-20 winners against a plucky Port Rex side in their schools rugby fixture at the weekend.
The early stages of the game were fairly evenly contested, with both sides showing a willingness to run the ball. However, a stiff breeze, among other things, hampered plans by both sides to build up any continuity.
Kingswood opened the scoring when Jeff Theron went over in the corner for an unconverted try. The rest of the half was a scrappy affair, with both sides shaping up well in defence.
However, further scores by JP Jamieson and Ezra Mager meant that Kingswood went into the break 17-0 up.
The second half started poorly for Kingswood. A tighthead and a lost lineout in quick succession allowed Port Rex in to open the scoring. The try galvanised Kingswood, and they responded well through another try by Mager after a solid drive by Devon Barnard, which was well converted by Michael Braans.
Minutes later, quick thinking by Mager and a smart offload by Trow, allowed Jamieson to crash over for his second.
With Port Rex unable to control their kick-offs, Kingswood were able to apply pressure in all areas. The forwards started to control the ball, and the backs began finding gaps through the midfield, and around the outside of the Port Rex defence.
Nick Schenk dummied well off the lineout drive and nearly scored. From the resulting penalty, Nicklon Cannon moved the ball wide for Mark Webber to score. Kingswood had a scare when a Port Rex try were disallowed for foul play. From the penalty, Kingswood moved the ball wide to Jonathan Amadi, who showed exceptional pace and strength to score.
Amadi was again released as Kingswood spread the ball and he rounded the defence to again score under the posts. In the latter stages of the game, Kingswood lost their continuity and concentration, which allowed Port Rex to score two unanswered tries.
ýKingswood sport has been given a boost after Konica Minolta Bizhub was named as the official sponsors of the rugby team over the next three years.
Puma SA, represented by Martin Nefdt, and Powerade were also recognised for their support of Kingswood sporting teams.