Saturday April 12 was the first of Northwood’s home rugby fixtures for the season up against George Campbell.
Northwood have usually managed to get the best over the latter and this was to be no exception. Northwood came out of the blocks firing. For the first time this season the forwards had clicked and with majority of the penalties being kicked to the corner they finally put their size and strength to good use with some strong rolling mauls leading to a could of tries. The mauls almost seemed unstoppable and will undoubtably become their favorite weapon on attack soon.
Northwood went in to the break leading 24-0.
After returning to the pitch they were perhaps too confident and some poor defending off the scrum resulted in George Campbell getting one back for themselves. Campbell failed to convert and so the score was 24-5 to Northwood. The majority of the second half was a scrappy stop-start affair with Northwood being forced to make 6 subs, in vital positions, due to injury within 15 minutes. This had definitely made it difficult to get going again and find their momentum. Fortunately within the last 10 minutes the Northwood packed clicked and provided the perfect platform for the backs to spread the ball to the ever dangerous PK Sobahle at 13, who was dangerous all day with ball in hand and made some real yardage each carry.
Northwood managed 2 tries for all their efforts at the end and can be complimented for their efforts on defense when numbers were down. Winger Sasasa Makhanya can also be complimented for a great day with the boot converting all of Northwoods tries and did well when slotted in to fly-half.
Final score 38-5 to the Knights.