Wolves leave hungryDate Released: Wed, 12 September 2012 13:00 +0200
The final week of the Rhodes internal league had more drama, more twist and turns and more cliff hangers than B-grade Hollywood movie. The Wolves entered the last round of matches last Friday in pole position make the play offs at number three on the log. By the end of the match played against the Heathens at the Great Field, they were huddled at the centre of the field concluding a season.
The internal league reached its finale with the shock reality of the team that played the most exciting rugby last year had tumbled to fifth place. The first bit of misfortune that befell the Wolves was the loss of points due to fielding more than the six players that are not students. This meant that the battle a place in the playoffs became a two horse race with a resurgent Hill.
How did Wolves bungle the season? The team had a formidable pack of forwards last year, probably the best in the championship.
Having lost most of those players, they found themselves with a tight three that was as fickle as twigs in the wind. The competent backline that they put together was unable to fire because they continuously received possession behind the advantage line.
Heathens took advantage of this state of events in the match played. They immediately put the Wolves under the kosh, pinning them back with a good kicking game. It was a matter of time before the Heathens breached the Wolves line. With the amount of pressure applied early something had to give, and it was a cheeky kick over the defense by the Heathens flyhalf that did the trick.
Once the first loose thread was exposed the rest of the Wolves outfit ran loose. The defense was in sixes and sevens and played right into an opposition that was hitting its strides. The Heathens were like a cat toying with the catch before ripping through the jugular. They doubled their points to 14 when the forwards bullied their way over after a solid few phases.
Although the Wolves pulled a try back in was not enough to match the four tries that were scored against them. Although they stayed in the game and went toe to toe with the challenger, they were unable to land any knockout blow and took too many shots to the head. By the end of the weekend the wolves’ stumbled at the final hurdled while in another game, Hill, showed that they are championship material by beating the Dream Team. The final four now is without the Wolves. Founders, Dream Team, Hill and Heathens will challenge for honours next term; undoubtedly the most deserving teams.
By Mvuzo Ponono
Photo: Teigue Blokpoel
Source: Grocott’s Mail