MATCH REPORT CAMPBELL COLLEGE I XV V METHODIST COLLEGE I XV – SCHOOLS CUP QUARTER FINAL 28/2/11
Third time lucky ???
Not for Methody who played well in the third match with Campbell College today in the Schools Cup quarter final.
210 plus minutes of rugby and one try separated these two teams.
A huge crowd of several thousand came to see the third instalment of this epic tussle.
The game started with Campbell on the attack.
They won ball , handled well , and pressurised Methodys defence.
But Methody got on the score sheet first with a penalty from in front of the Campbell posts.
Three nil to Methody.
Fair play to Campbell they came back and created a great score for young Rob Haldane who took it well.
Rory Scholes missed the difficult conversion.
Campbell 5 – Methody 3
Then Campbell pressurised again and were awarded a fairly straightforward penalty in front of the Methody posts.
Scholes kicked it confidently.
Campbell 8 – Methody 3
But as the half wore on Methody came into the game strongly as the Campbell scrum creaked and their lineout malfunctioned.
Methody had a strong scrum and a very efficient lineout.
Half time came with Methody camped on the Campbell line.
The second half was nearly all Methody.
But Campbells defence was well organised and gutsy.
Shane Moffett , brought on as a half time sub , was winning lineout ball and disrupting Methody.
Why he did not start was a mystery to a lot of the Campbell supporters.
Calvin Jordan was also brought on at hooker and suddenly Campbell were winning some of their own lineouts.
But the scrum was still under immense pressure.
But Methody had at least 70% of the ball in the second half.
They constantly tried to run out of defence rather than kick and nearly got through except for a great cover tackle from that man Haldane again.
Credit to Campbell they got stuck in , defended well , and Mark Best made a couple of crucial turnovers.
The final whistle sounded and Campbell had won much to the relief of their supporters.
But all credit to the Methody team who made this epic series of games so intriguing.
Over 210 minutes of rugby and 5 points separated the teams !!!