Varsity College travelled the shortest distance of all their away games on a clear but cool Saturday to take on Crusaders at their Ranleigh Crescent grounds. With a large number of players not available due to injury or other commitments, it was always going to be a tough assignment against a motivated Crusaders outfit. The 2nd team kicked off at 2pm and it was soon evident that this would be a tug of war, with neither side giving an inch. However, the strong leadership of captain Keith Young and some individual brilliance by a number of players, saw Varsity College gradually start to assert their dominance. Two good second half tries, both set up by the 19 year old Austrian Max Freydell, ensured that Varsity College emerged victorious in the Premier Reserves clash, winning the epic duel 20 – 12.
The Premier division clash kicked off at 15h30. Varsity College, having been beaten by Crusaders in their previous encounter, were the underdogs and were written off by many pundits as not having a chance, especially with a depleted side. However, VC decided not to follow the predicted script and immediately came out firing. Some slick handling and a great burst of speed by Shark Sizo Maseko saw VC scoring in the corner and taking a 7 – 0 lead minutes into the match. Crusaders fought back and scored a try midway into the first half, before VC’s Kwezi Mona scored from a rolling maul to ensure a half time lead for the Tigers.
The 2nd half saw VC start to assert themselves and running freely. VC held a territorial advantage for most of the half, but Crusaders capitalised on one of their few visits to the VC half and scored a well worked try. A comeback looked on the cards, but this notion was put to rest when VC fullback Rowan Howse scored a try in the corner, while Lex Botha rounded the game off with a magnificent try under the posts. Varsity College won 32-14, picking up a valuable 5 points along the way.
Picture: VC and Sharks wing Sizo Maseko