Swords v Vaughan
The Swords traveled to Woodbridge, to take-on a Vaughan squad of giants. No quarter given or taken, and right from the start, the Crusaders team knew this was going to be a tough-one. In spite of our smaller size, the Swords forwards worked diligently at the rucks – and were able to secure good turnover-ball.
Patient work at the breakdowns, was able to draw several off-side penalties from the all-too-eager Vaughan defenders, but when they did come-up, they hit hard, as the Cru players will have the bruises to attest.
Good distribution from the hands (and also the boot), of Fly-half Daniel Sanders kept the Swords offence moving forward – together some great kick-chasing by Max Keller, set up some great attacking plays. It was 12-7 at the half with all to play-for. A few too many handling errors – perhaps forgivable in the sweaty conditions – meant promising attacks (from-both teams) sometimes came to nothing. Tip-top-tackler Stefan van Niekerk showed how it should be done – making several perfect text-book take-downs at full-back, as the Vaughan speed-merchants crashed through. But the Swords stuck to their task and ended-up with a 26:12 win.
Man-of-the-match Ben Robinson – not just for standing-strong under the powerful rush-tackling from the Vaughan big-hitters, but for his incessant pressure onto the hosts back-line at every play, as well as a superb chase-back and tackle, when the Vaughan backline broke free.