It was obvious that Magte were trying to grab a try in reply to the early penalty but Universal resisted by all means
Magte RFC laboured hard to subdue local favourites Universal RFC in front of a partisan crowd on Saturday afternoon in a Kimberley Rugby League fixture at the AR Abass Stadium.
Magte recorded a hard-fought 12-3 win over Universals. By the half-time break Universals held a narrow 3-0 lead thanks to a Yusuf Obaray penalty in a game that was as hot as they come.
The crowd in the stands was supercharged as most were reminded of the golden rugby years when Universals used to turn out against the likes of Thistles, Young Collegians, Arabian College and even Perseverance College at the same grounds.
It was obvious that Magte were trying to grab a try in reply to the early penalty but Universal resisted by all means. This tussle characterised the major part of the first half which added greatly to the atmosphere.
In the second half Magte were at it without let-up. They were first to breach the Universal defence and dotted down over the chalk line. Phillip Botha broke through and put his name on the scoreboard to put his team 5-3 up with his try.
Universal were by no means ready to give up the fight, but Magte got their second try through Keenan Visagie who pushed the scoreline to 10-3. Brenton Louw also got into the act and converted for the 12-3 scoreline.
This was a cue to the Magte bench to sport broad smiles all round as they departed victors on the day.