“Diamantveld played well and stuck to their plan the whole game. We did not”
The ever-popular FNB Classic Clashes inter-schools sports between Northern Cape High (NCH) and Hoërskool Diamantveld (DHS) was hosted at the NCH sports grounds on Saturday.
In the main rugby match of the day, the Under-19 boys did battle at the Pirates field, and the visitors, playing typical ‘Outeniqua-style’ rugby, that they seemed to have learned last week during the Wildeklawer Festival, hammered the hosts 32-14. Although at the end of the first half the two teams were pretty evenly matched with DHS leading 12-7 at the break.
However, DHS turned on the pressure in the second half and scored tries at will. The visitors ran in a total of six tries in all, to which NCH had no answer as the visitors made use of their forwards. Although NCH had the faster and more nippy backline, they could not penetrate the solid defence of the visitors.
The happy visiting coach, Jaco Dames said after the game that he was pleased the way the boys applied themselves. “The guys stuck to the game plan which was not too pretty at times, but the result was pretty. It was a great clash and I am very proud of all our rugby teams that did well,” he said.
Meanwhile, an extremely disappointed NCH coach, Deon Carney kept his comments short and to the point. “Diamantveld played well and stuck to their plan the whole game. We did not,” he told the DFA.
Under-19B DHS 15-21 NCH; Under-16A DHS 61-0 NCH; Under-15A DHS 61-5 NCH; Under-14A DHS 31-0 NCH
Under-19A DHS 30-28 NCH; Under-19B DHS 8-2 NCH; Under-17A DHS 16-12 NCH; Under-16A DHS 17-14 NCH; Under-15A DHS 29-12 NCH; Under-15B DHS 29-9 NCH; Under-14A DHS 24-8 NCH; Under-14B DHS 35-2 NCH
Under-19A (Boys) DHS 1-2 NCH; Under-19A (Girls) DHS 0-1 NCH; Under-16A (Boys) DHS 1-1 NCH; Under-16A (Girls) DHS 2-1 NCH