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Watson hattrick floors high flying Falcon

By Franco Oberholzer , in Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-04-01 Tags: , , , ,

Kyle Watson delivered one of the highlights of day three of the St John’s Easter Rugby Festival when he went over for a hattrick of tries.

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The St John’s 8th-man and captain, who played hooker in his side’s 13-38 loss to Hoërskool Nelspruit on day two, broke through the Falcon College defences three times to contribute 15 points to the hosts’ 38-21 victory over the team from Esigodini, Zimbabwe.

It was clear from the get-go that St John’s were intent on securing their first victory of the festival. They had come close in their opener, playing to a 17-17 draw with Kingswood.

St John’s dominated the set pieces and made good use of the scrums and lineouts to set up a solid platform from which their dangerous backline could attack.

Flyhalf Joe MacRobert played the role of general exceptionally well, dictating play in a cool and calm manner. This allowed Watson to run freely among the backs and create mismatches.

Loosehead prop Joshua Shannon produced a third consecutive impressive display, hammering Falcon with his robust runs. His high work rate was also rewarded with a try.

Falcon’s fullback, Tafadzwa Tigere, had his kicking boots on, knocking over three penalties and slotting a conversion.

Kingswood College’s lock, Josh Mackenzie, crossed the whitewash twice in his side’s 35-10 victory over St David’s Marist Inanda. His twin, James Mackenzie, converted the second of his brother’s tries and also added the extras to lock Sipho Nonyalela’s five-pointer.

The Kingswood backline delivered a warning to their future opponents – don’t give them space to run, which inside the centre Munangi Kamwendo demonstrated by by ripping through the St David’s midfield to run it in from his own 22-metre line, to open their scoring.


St John’s College 38 (19) – Tries: Kyle Watson (3), Thomas Kruger, Joshua Shannon, Jacob Smith. Conversions: Bryson Walker (4). Falcon College 21 (13) – Tries: Tawanda Chisungo, Dominic McKenchie. Conversion: Tafadzwa Tigere. Penalties: Tigere (3).

Kingswood College 35 (14) – Tries: Josh Mackenzie (2), Munangi Kamwendo, Vizi Labase, Sipho Nonyalela. Conversions: Jared Botha (3), James Mackenzie (2). St David’s Marist 10 (3) – Try: Jack Brady. Conversion: Luca Gabion. Penalty: Diego Ferreira.

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