The inter-faculty games showed a new level of competitiveness last week when the two male res’s, Knockando and Men’s Res, better known to students as the “Knocks” and the “Raiders”, went head to head in what seemed to be more like a test of the residences’ pride.
The match started out quite slowly with both teams trying to find each other’s weak spots.
For the first 20 minutes of the game Men’s Res dominated the play, with attempts to break the Knockando defence. But against the flow of the game Knockando centre, Marcus Sham, scored a try which gave Knocks the lead.
After falling behind, the Raiders pushed hard for 10 minutes to equalise the score through a try from Mxolisi Makhombiti. The Raiders failed to convert the try.
For the last 10 minutes of the first half, neither team could manage to score any more points to take the lead at half time. The scores at half time were 5-5.
With half time scores at 5-5, both teams came into the second half with a point to prove. Both attempted to change the score line but the defence systems proved strong on both fronts.
Photo: Lebogang Mdlankomo
Knockando dominated the second half with one try and a converted try that placed them in the lead for the entire game. The final score was 18-5.
A number of players that made their mark in the game included Men’s Res’s lock Graham Rex and centre Manne Adje and Knockando’s Blake Dismare.
Other games that took place on the night included Masakhane versus Monash, Humanities versus HSA, Commerce versus SAUJS and the Engineers against the Medics.
Published in Wits Vuvuzela, 12th edition, 2nd May 2012