Kenmare is one of the favourites to end the u/13A season at the top of the Ruggas.co.za's ranking. They travelled to Elardus Park for their second game of the season after an easy first outing against Tuine Laerskool. Although they did not lose any of the A team matches, drawing 7-7 (u/10) they had to work very hard to beat Elardus Park.
The 1stXV match was played late afternoon and that could have influenced the handling with which both teams struggled a bit. Although one also do expect from a referee to respect the laws of the game the number of penalties awarded in this game was a bit much but admittingly I was next to him on the field.
Elardus Park started the game disrupting Kenmare's gameplan of moving the ball with precise and powerful defence. At this stage of the game, Elardus Park showed no respect for Kenmare exploiting Kenmare's desperate attempt to move the ball away from the defence at the back. Playing off the mistakes of Kenmare Elardus Park was first on the scoreboard and led 10-03 at the break scoring two excellent intercept tries.
Kenmare who was visibly bigger than Elardus Park, changed their gameplan in the second half to use their bigger players to better effect. Rather than trying to play an expansive game Kenmare started to run with their bigger boys at the Elardus Park defence. Elardus Park's defence was just not able to contain Kenmare's attack who scored four unanswered tries in the second half to win 27-10.
Elardus Park is a well-coached side that showed skills of players a lot older but unfortunately is going to struggle against bigger sides. Kenmare, on the other hand, does have everything to become the number one u/13A school in South Africa especially when the passes at the back find the next pair of hands.
Kenmare's next big test will be next week Thursday when Grey College travels to Krugersdorp for a thriller.
Other Results (Elarduspark 1st)
u/10A 07-07 (draw)