RBAI emerged victorious in Thursday’s Schools’ Cup Final on the back of a tenacious defensive effort in a second half where Campbell had an overwhelming majority of territory and possession. Inst scrambled on numerous occasions to keep the East Belfast school from crossing their line, and Campbell were unable to find answers with ball in hand. They will perhaps rue the lack of a front-line goalkicker in their starting 15, as Inst’s aggressive approach at the breakdown – effective in spoiling the opposition’s opportunities for quick ball for much of the match – at times strayed into indiscipline, and led to a high second-half penalty count which Campbell were unable to exploit.
Month: March 2016
The Chiefs broke away from the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth towards the end of the first half of last weekend’s Round 3 match, having made hard work of the opening half an hour. Their defence of the Kings’ driving maul, some uncharacteristic handling errors and the concession of soft penalties allowed the home side to keep in touch until Damian McKenzie touched down on 32 minutes. They added four second half tries to their three in the first, and Charlie Ngatai’s midfield break on first phase ball to open the scoring in the second period exemplified what the New Zealand franchise have tried to do in attack so far this Super Rugby season.