SKZN lay down early Ebbo Bastard marker

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

A strong second-half performance propelled KFC Southern KwaZulu-Natal to a 39-12 win over Zululand in the opening round of the Ebbo Bastard sub-union rugby competition at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds in Uvongo on Saturday.

The hosts got off to a slow start in the wet conditions, trailing 12-3 early on and 12-10 at half-time. However, they found their rhythm in the second half to take the game away from the determined visitors.

Backline duo Gary Dunstone and Marchell Sass were two late additions to the squad and joined the over a dozen of Riversmead South Coast Warriors players in the set-up, including Theo Nicholls, who captained the side.

Both made the most of the opportunity, Dunstone contributing nine points (three conversions and a penalty) in a backline Man of the Match performance and left wing Sass scoring one of Southern KwaZulu-Natal’s six tries.

The other try scorers were eighthman Mio Mjika (Kapaailand), lock Karel van Rooyen (Warriors), flank and forwards Man of the Match Brian Rawlings (Matatiele), fellow second rower Gree Mdingi (Kokstad) and prop Kaya Siqwayi (Kokstad).

Head coach Matthew Burger would have been well pleased with his side’s performance in the second stanza, especially the fact that they kept Zululand scoreless in this period, and will be confident that his charges will get over the line again when they face their Durban counterparts in Kokstad this Saturday.

Kick-off at Kokstad Rugby Club is at 3pm.

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