Union’s 1st XV (47) too strong for Cradock (8)


Union’s first team put together a much improved performance to beat Cradock 47-8. After a slow start Union went into halftime with a 19-8 lead.

Playing against the wind in the second half seemed to assist the team’s ball-in-hand approach and they ran in a further 4 tries. The pleasing aspect was the fact that the Union boys managed to maintain possession and go through several phases to create space and numbers on attack.

The fact that the majority of the 7 tries were scored around the outside of the Cradock defensive line was testimony of the fact that the team played with width and gave the ball air. It was also evidence of some good decision-making by backs and forwards alike.

Tries were scored by Cowan Swartz, Thando Haarmans, Terrence Siyaya, Cohen Pieterse, Matthew Broeksma and Ross Stanley (x2). Matt Harpur had a good day with the boot, converting 6 out of 7 attempts. Congratulations to Cameron Muir on earning his first cap off the bench.