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Varsity Shield Rugby: Rhodes vs Fort Hare

Geoffrey Shein
The Rhodes Rugby team looked to turn their varsity shield pursuit around when they took on the University of Fort Hare (FH) at the Great Field.

Varsity Cup/Shield Rules: Try with conversions are worth 8 points and penalties are worth 2 in order to encourage running rugby and try scoring.

Kick off began at 18h30.

7′ Try Fort Hare 0-5

30′ Two Yellow Cards for Fort Hare; One Yellow Card for Rhodes

Half time: Rhodes has performed well defensively. The forwards have been excellent at the breakdown recycling ball quickly and preventing turnovers. The backs from Rhodes have done themselves a disservice in terms of handling errors resulting in unsuccessful ball retention. One try in the half coming from a strong scrumming effort from Fort Hare. The half was momentarily halted with 10 minutes to go where both teams lost frustration with one another and a fist fight ensued.1st Half Picture

Fort Hare’s speedy wingers have threatened Rhodes but Rhodes have been equal to the task with a persistent and effective defensive system.

42′ intercept try Rhodes conversion Rhodes 8-5 FH

50′ penalty Rhodes 10-745′ penalty FH 8-7

53′ Try FH 10-12 conversion 10-15

70′ Penalty FH 10-17

72′ Try FH 10-22 Conversion 10-25

75′ Try FH 10-30

Full time: At the close of the game the score hardly reflects a valiant Rhodes effort. Defensively they were excellent with the tries from the opposition coming off handling errors. The only Rhodes Try came in the 42nd minute from a brilliantly read interception from the Rhodes 8th man. A testing fixture for both teams and Rhodes conceding the spoils.

Man of the match: Zane Farmer from Fort Hare University

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