Category: Rugby

Lovedale open Heritage tourney in style!

Newcomers, Lovedale College, announced their arrival with a resounding 27-7 victory over neighbors Ntselamanzi United in the last match of day one of the Raymond Mhlaba National Heritage Rugby Tournament.

In an entertaining match watched by a capacity crowd, it was Lovedale that had the better of the early exchanges and it was no surprise when they rushed to a 12-0 lead before 20th minute mark. But Ntselamanzi responded immediately with a converted try of their own to narrow Lovedale lead at halftime to 12-7.

Second half was a one way traffic as Lovedale bench upped the ante and added 15 unanswered points in the process to record their biggest win over United in a while.

Proud Lovedale College manager Mlamleli Tede was full of praises for his young lads.

“We are really happy with the performance of the boys tonight, especially this being our first match of this tournament”, said Tede

“We asked players for a perfomance they will be proud of and they delivered way more than that tonight” said Tede.

Besides the increase in a number of teams, but we have seen a marked improvement in the quality of play this year. this can be seen on the close scores of the tournament so far.

All Day 1 Results:
All Blacks (veru) 11-7 Red Lion (midru)
Buffaloes (veru) 28-0 Home defenders (midru) – soft points
Home defenders (veru) 6-20 Sun Rise (midru)
Auckland Bucs 41-5 summer rose
Spring Rose 20-15 Highlanders
Western vultures 13-28 Red Lion (veru)
Swallows 10-5 Black Swallows
Fortune Teller 16-8 Hunters
Hyenas 5-5 Black Lion
Krwakrwa vultures 7-3 Eastern Blues
Winter rose 0-7 Adelaide Rangers
Ntselamanzi 7-27 Lovedale college




EC Super 12 Team of the Week (Final)

EC Super 12 Team Of the Week

This weeks EC Super 12 team of the week was selected by the Steering Committee from the two teams that played semi-final 2 last Saturday.

Congratulations to the players and coach Yongama Mkaza from Swallows who gets the nod for coach of the week:

1. Mkhuseli Slara (Swa)
2. Vuyisani Mavuso (Swa)
3. Ronvick Lovemore (Gar)
4. Mzwandile Yalezo (Swa)
5. Samora Fihlani (Swa)
6. Samkelo Mabombo (Swa)
7. Lubabalo Lento (Swa)
8. Darlington Gans (Gar)
9. Marlon Lewis (Gar)
10. Rubin De Vos (Gar)
11. Lithabile Mgwadleka (Swa)
12. Somila Mantyoyi (Swa)
13. Aphiwe Xakalashe (Swa)
14. Buhle Magazi(Swa)
15. Kenny Baymaan (Gar)

Swallows crowned super 12 champs

2018 EC Super 12 Champions Swallows RFC celebrating their victory over PE Harlequins

East London – Swallows RFC were crowned EC Super 12 champions following a convincing 22-10 win against PE Harlequins at BCM Stadium on Saturday.

The match produced typical cup final rugby and neither side were allowed to run away with the game at any stage, although Swallows worked their way 12-0 half-time lead, as they only just survived the Harlequins second-half onslaught.

Harlequins did well to equalise to narrow the gap to at 17-10, but they surrendered a try immidiately after and that proved their undoing.

Breakdown infringements from kickable positions offered opportunities for both teams in the opening 10 minutes but both team kickers had an off day.

Swallows made their pressure count when they found a gap in the Harlequins outside channel and outside  centre Buhle Magazi needed no invitation to streak through for the first try of the match. Flyhalf Aphiwe Stemele missed the conversion in the 6th minute to give Swallows a 5-0 lead.

Stemele made amends later when he dived over next to the poles and converted his own try to take Swallowing was into a convincing lead of 12-0 at  half-time break.

Harlequins returned for the second-half with a far greater sense of urgency and were rewarded for their efforts this time as they ran up 10 unanswered points to narrow the gap between them and Swallows to within 7 points.

in the 43rd minute Harlequins sprung an attack from their own half. Despite several desperate tackles, outside cente Sherwin Slater provided the finishing touch with a dive at the corner flag, despite the valiant cover tackle effort from Swallows scrumhalf Anele Zweni. Flyhalf Luan Bosman missed the conversion to take the score to 12-5.

But Swallows scored another try from their hardworking flanker Lubabalo Lento after a solid build up that saw the ball exchanging hands between their back and forwards. Stemele missed the conversion for a 17-5 lead in the 52nd minute.

From the resulting kickoff Harlequins mounted another attack that was rounded off by Slater again for his brace and his team second try. Bosman missed the target with his conversion to move the score to 17-10.

With time running out, the Harlequins mounted one last desperate challenge with several ball-in-hand surges into the Swallows half but they were held in check by near faultless defence. As their efforts continued to fail, their patience ran out and their lack of composure cost them momentum in the Swallows 22-metre area.

Then Swallows put matters beyond doubt when their diminutive scrumhalf ducked under would be tackle to score a beautiful try to cement his place as the man of the match. Stemele missed the conversion to move the score to 22-10.

Swallows took the EC super 12 title for the first time after a magnificent campaign where they registered 7 straight victories without a loss.