DAVID Livingstone and Paterson qualified for the Northern Areas High Schools rugby tournament final after tough semifinals at a windswept Adcock Stadium yesterday.
On the back of an impressive forward display, David Livingstone had a well- earned 18-10 win over Bertram, while Paterson beat Booysen Park 11-0.
The finals, including the under-15 and u-17 matches, and the girls' sevens competition, will take place at the Adcock Stadium on Wednesday. In the girls' sevens, Bertram will face Booysen Park.
After conceding an early penalty which Bertram flyhalf Cheslyn Mapoe slotted, David Livingstone showed their ability up front as their well-drilled pack constantly kept their opponents on the retreat.
It was no surprise that both their tries came from driving mauls close to the Bertram line as first hooker Shane Mitchell and then captain and prop Terwin Siwana powered over.
Among the backs, No15 Muhamed Jacobs was outstanding for David Livingstone, using the boot intelligently and running hard at the Bertram defence on several occasions. He also slotted two penalties and a conversion. Bertram's try came from a fine run by centre Riaan Maarman and Mapoe added a conversion.
Paterson won through in a close encounter against Booysen Park, who produced a spirited effort but were let down by poor handling.
Significantly, Paterson took a 5-0 lead into the second half after playing into the wind. They could have doubled their lead near the end of the half when their backs went on a surging run down the left side, but Booysen Park lock Navado Koen epitomised their tenacity to get across for a try-saving tackle.
In the second half, Booysen Park battled to get out of their half and Paterson pressured them into errors. This resulted in scrumhalf Sachin Filander kicking two penalties to stretch their lead to 11-0.