Johnson’s tenacity made it hard for SteppingStones

The KRyS Global National Mixed Touch Rugby Championships 2013 semifinals were played on Saturday to determine who will go through to the grand finale. SteppingStones reached the final with a hard fought win over Heineken Brew Crew.

SteppingStones got off to a good start with two quick tries from Rudolf Weder. This settled any early nerves, but then they hadn’t appreciated the threat Heineken posed from one player in particular – Biancca Johnson, who gave arguably the best individual performance of the season. Although others have scored more in a match, Johnson’s five was an outstanding performance. And yet, she refused to allow SteppingStones the luxury of a comfortable lead. Her tries, scored at regular intervals, meant the ‘Stones were never comfortable.

Her first two tries were right out of the top drawer. She has the most sublime dummy pass coupled with a change of direction and pace. As each try was scored, the crowd became more animated. But on this occasion it was not enough. Any team filled with the likes of Morgan Shelver (3), Simon Raftopolous (3) and James “Roger” Waters (2) is going to be hard to beat. And so it proved. SteppingStones ran out eventual winners 10-6, but the crowd knew they had seen an individual performance of the highest quality. The other match finished Dart 9, KPMG 2.

More rugby matches are set for the South Sound Rugby Ground this Saturday, 8 June.

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