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