By Darren Anderson
The Rhodes Rugby team, also known as the Dream Team, got off to a near perfect start on Saturday, 2 May, by defeating the UCT internal league team, Ikhaya, with a convincing 15-0 score. The score line may have come as a shock to many Rhodents as the general feeling in the Rhodes Great Field stands, prior to the game, was that the Dream Team was in for a thrashing. This feeling was short lived.
Straight from the kick off, the Dream Team, who made it as far as the semifinals last year, dominated the game, keeping most the possession and gaining most the territory. It took only 15 minutes before the Dream scored their first try through lock, Trevor Brewer, off a lineout drive ten metres out. Ikhaya were starved of any possession and were given little space to do anything by a vicious Dream defence. It seemed this way for the majority of the match.
The Dream Team varied their pattern of play by keeping it tight in the forwards and then feeding the backline, who played an expansive game. This proved worthy as, on the stroke of half time, centre, Duncan Smith, broke the line and fed fullback, Jason Sileno then showed too much pace for the cover defence and scored in the left hand corner of the field. This left the two sides heading into the halftime break with the Dream Team leading 10-0.
The second half displayed a similar pattern to the first with the Dream Team showing they mean business. Despite their overwhelming dominance, however, they were unable to get a point for most the second half. On the stroke of full time fly half, Stuart Hill, had a moment of true brilliance when he retained the ball from loose play and showed a tremendous pace to run in a try from the halfway. Despite a magnificent game, he was unable to convert any of the tries, leaving the score at fifteen points to nil. Captain of the Dream Team, Tom Brukman, showed essential leadership throughout the match. “The game was good and was a superb start to the season,” said Brukman. What an exciting game of rugby, which will hopefully carry on throughout our internal league this year.