All-round performance wins game for Michaelhouse

2009-06-16 00:00

THERE were only three matches on Saturday and one of them, Kearsney against Hilton, was reported as “Match of the day’ in yesterday’s Witness, where visitors Hilton won a tight game 23-19. Michaelhouse hosted St Charles and eventually won fairly comfortably 33-25. The other game at Wartburg saw the home side pull out all the stops to thump Carter 44-3.

 

Michaelhouse vs St Charles

Michaelhouse knew that they had to raise their performance from last week, if they were to beat St Charles. This they did and it was an all-round performance that enabled them to win the game. The tight phases were evenly contested, but in the battle for the loose ball it was St Charles that arguably had the upper hand, with Z. Zondi outstanding.

The Michaelhouse backline was where the major advantage was and they used the ball far better than St Charles did. The line was also well marshalled by Reef Nakin at flyhalf, while Matt Mitchell, the St Charles flyhalf, kept his side in the game with some excellent place kicking.

St Charles opened the scoring with a penalty, followed almost immediately by a Michaelhouse try, scored by centre Patrick Howard.

St Charles scored through a second penalty and again the home side were galvanised to score a try, this time by fullback Andrew Craib. The latter scored his second try to put Michaelhouse into a 19-12 half-time lead. Mitchell had converted four penalties for the visitors and Hilton Mudarki had converted two of the three Michaelhouse tries.

Michaelhouse absorbed pressure put on them by St Charles and patience paid off as they went in for a further two tries, the first to lock Mark van Heerden and then Craib scored his third. Both were converted by Mudariki to give them 33 points. For St Charles, replacement wing Andrew Botha, scored a consolation try, converted by Mitchell who added two further penalties for their 25 points.

 

Wartburg vs Carter

As Wartburg’s match against Alexandra has already been cancelled by Alex, Wartburg do not have a game next week, so it was their final match of the season. The first half was relatively tight but Wartburg were gradually dominating the exchanges and winning most of the possession. At half-time Wartburg were leading 13-0 but the writing was on the wall.

Jens Hillermann converted the opening penalty, before flank Lynton Dedekind charged down a Carter kick to score, converted by Hillermann who added his second penalty for the 13 points. Flyhalf Sven Frenzel had kept the pack going forwards with some intelligent touch kicking.

In the second half it was all Wartburg as they had complete control. A good drive by the forwards took the ball upfield for Frenzel to go over after just two minutes and again Hillermann converted. Three minutes later, a kick ahead was fielded by Frenzel who scored his second and the hosts were leading 25-0 with 30 minutes remaining.

The next two tries both came from tap penalties, the first to centre Martin Kassier and then to prop Sphele Luthuli who had received the ball from Frenzel. Hillermann made sure of the conversions and Wartburg led 39-0. The final try was scored after some good phase possession by the forwards led to centre Luyanda Zikhali breaking through the defence to dot down. Carter were awarded a penalty in the 31st minute which Jake Smith converted to give them three points and prevent a total white wash.

 

Westville vs Northwood

This match was played on Thursday afternoon and the side that is arguably second to Glenwood in strength, scored seven tries to beat Northwood 54-0. Northwood played well last week but they have been unable to string more than two good performances together and were completely outclassed by Westville.

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