A win that was all heart

2013-04-01 00:00

A HOST of rugby and hockey matches took place on the first two days of the Maritzburg College 150th Winter Sports Festival, but the one that stood out was the host school’s magnificent 18-10 victory over Grey High School of Port Elizabeth on Saturday, after leading 5-3 at half-time.

It was a total team effort by the smaller College team in this FNB Rugby Festival match and the success came from absolute commitment in making the tackle, come what may.

Grey threw everything at College, particularly when the home school were down to 13 men and yet it took until the last minutes before the bigger, highly-regarded Port Elizabeth team managed to breach the red, black and white defensive screen.

A series of massive hits punctuated this pulsating clash, but the crowd exploded when College scored a fantastic try, the ball passing through several pairs of hands before right wing Lindo Ngcobo dived over at full-stretch in the corner (5-0).

Grey hit back immediately with flyhalf Richie Bryant’s penalty goal for 5-3 at half-time.

In the second half, College restored their five-point lead through a Marcell Coetzee penalty, the centre slotting under pressure (8-3).

Man of the match Coetzee coolly stroked over another penalty (11-3) with eight minutes left in a match played with cup final intensity.

The cherry on top for home fans was when College broke away and lively winger Ngcobo scored under the posts for Coetzee to convert (18-3). Grey captain CJ Vellerman scored a consolation try at the death and scrumhalf Mathew Alborough converted for the final score (18-10).

Whether College can put together a performance of the same quality against the impressive Noord-Kaap line-up at 2.10 pm on Goldstones today is a big question.


FNB 150th Maritzburg College Rugby Festival

Day 1: Noord-Kaap (12) 24 Jeppe (10) 16; Rondebosch (42) 64 KZN Development XV 0; Affies (17) 27 Queens College (0) 13; Monument (22) 39 Dale College (9) 21; Maritzburg College (5) 18 Grey High School (3) 10.

Nomads Hockey Festival at Maritzburg College

Day 1: Grey High School (1) 1 Michaelhouse 0;

Maritzburg College (0) 3 Millfield 0; St Johns (2) 3 St Andrews (Bloemfontein) 0; Wynberg (3) 4 Pretoria Boys’ High 1; Selborne College 0 King Edward VII School (KES) 0; Jeppe (2) 3 Hilton (1) 2; KES (0) 1 Michaelhouse (0) 1; Maritzburg College (0) 1 Grey High 0; Hilton (3) 4 St Andrews 0; Jeppe High (1) 1 Millfield (0) 1;

Selborne (2) 3 Pretoria Boys’ High (0) 2; Wynberg (1) 3 St Johns 0.

Day 2: Wynberg (2) 6 Millfield (1) 3; Grey High (2) 4 KES 1; Hilton (2) 4 St John’s (1) 1; Maritzburg College (1) 2 Selborne (2) 2; Pretoria Boys’ High (1) 1 Michaelhouse (0) 1; Jeppe (0) 3 St Andrews (0) 1; Wynberg (3) 3 KES 0; Grey High (1) 1 Hilton (1) 1; Maritzburg College (1) 3 St Johns (1) 1; Selborne (0) 2 Millfield (1) 0 Pretoria Boys’ High (1) 4 St Andrews 0;

Jeppe (1) 1 Michaelhouse 0.



Today: 10.10 Monnas vs Rondebosch; 11.30 KZN Development XV vs Dale; 12.50 Queens vs Jeppe; 14.10 Maritzburg College vs Noord-Kaap; 15.30 Affies vs Grey.


9.00 Dale vs Affies; 10.20 Grey vs KZN Development XV; 11.40 Rondebosch vs Jeppe; 13.00 Monnas vs Noord-Kaap; 14.20 Queens vs Maritzburg College.


Today (final day):

Papes: 7.30 St Johns vs Selborne; 8.40 Jeppe vs Grey; 9.50 Maritzburg College vs Wynberg; 11.00 Millfield vs PBHS.

AB Jackson: 7.30 St Andrews vs Michaelhouse; 8.40 KES vs Hilton.

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