Photo Credit: Maritzburg College

Maritzburg College played against a rugby development team and after scoring 50 points, the game was ended so the teams could merge and play together.


Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (29 May 2023) – Rugby is a much-loved sport in South Africa that unites people from all walks of life. Recently, during a tournament at St Charles College, the under-14 C team from Maritzburg College played a match against a development team and 20-minutes in, the game was called off and reshuffled to promote good sportsmanship and to inspire hope.

There are many underprivileged areas and schools that are building up development teams to introduce the game of rugby to the youth. These teams are often fresh to the field and the sport but filled with enthusiasm and excitement to take part in tournaments.

In the case of the match between a KwaZulu-Natal-based development team and the Maritzburg Colleged u14c team, 0-50 points were scored by u14c team. Nobody wanted to see the newly developed side walk off the field disheartened. So they called off the game and tried a different approach.

Instead, the coaches got together and merged the two teams, making two new sides with equally matched and blended players so they could have some fun and learn more about the game.

“It’s not just about the wins… our 14C team showed us it’s also about the love of the game!

Twenty minutes into the match between our U14C and a KZN Development side the score was 50-0 to College. It was decided to stop the game and then continue after mixing up the sides, to let all boys get a full game and help those who are still learning this wonderful sport we love so much!

Our College boys embraced the plan and enjoyed being in teams with the development players, and playing against their own teammates.

At the end it wasn’t about the score – Rugby won today.”

What matters in the end is unity and sportsmanship, a dash of comradery and a development of the game for all. That was showed by the two teams, their coaches, and all the supporters on the day. It is safe to say, many parents left the field with no voices left!

Sources: Maritzburg College
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