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Your News London South Africa 28 - Winchester 16

On Saturday the 25th of October the Warriors – London South Africa’s first XV played host to Winchester at the beautiful Imber Court. This was the visitors’ second successive game away from home and having narrowly lost to Wimbledon in their previous match their determination would serve as a special challenge for an LSA squad that spent the last week in preparation for a tough meeting.

Adding their stamp onto proceedings early, LSA made their first visit to the Winchester try line only moments after the first whistle with a quick try - although the slight breeze was not in their favour and sent the potential conversion off course. Winchester were not having any of it and mounted sustained attacks for the next 20 minutes culminating with their opening score in the form of their first penalty. A try followed shortly after for the visitors from some decidedly loose play by the home team, capped off by a conversion, putting them ahead 5 – 10.

Only minutes later Winchester lost their composure and LSA were sure to make it count as they were penalized for charging into the ruck from the side and the Warriors added three points to their tally, narrowing the margin once again. The rest of the first half was a very stop-start affair with several injuries for both sides and the LSA team looking to find their stride. Winchester added another penalty but with time running out LSA pulled it together and, moving the ball swiftly across the pitch, scored a brilliant second try, although the illusive conversion was not to be. With 5 minutes left in the half and the scores level at 13 all, LSA conceded yet another penalty and Winchester edged in front to take a half time lead: 13 – 16.

The second half started with the scales looking decidedly tipped in favour of the visitors with more penalties coming their way. LSA had to make every opportunity count and fight back. This they did, turning the penalty count in their favour and holding Winchester to a score-less second half. The guys in green and gold proceeded to take the match up a gear. Putting their bodies on the line the third try was one of true heart and also brought the first conversion. The confidence levels soared as a fourth and final try was added not long after. There really should have been one or two more but the final score ended 28 – 16 for the Warriors – a sound victory once again to make it 4 wins in a row now in all competitions.

Trevor Johnson, Team Manager for LSA noted that “although the first half presented its own challenges, the opportunities came once we had the train set back on the rails, cut the penalties and turned the game round”. A good display against a strong Winchester side will once again do wonders for the confidence of the team.


LSA XV: Dave Kelly, Morné Swanepoel, Nick Osman, Matt Fendick, Ben Bougas, Jarred Vock, Garth Hume, Aldo du Plessis, Ben O’Reilley, Gerrie Krüger, André Retief, Cyril Sauer, Francois Wiese, Derren Letcher, Shaun Valentyn, Marc Cockeram, Gregg Quixley and Storm Green


Next Game (Away): Wimbledon – Saturday 1 November, kick-off from 14:30

Next Home Game: London Irish - Saturday 15 November, come and support your team from 14:30 at Imber Court.

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