An interesting season ahead

2012-03-20 00:00

THE weekend evidence suggests that we are set for an interesting and tight season with little to separate the larger rugby-playing schools.

Just a few points have separated the top sides at the weekend with the result hinging on either a score or a missed chance at the end of a game.

 

Glenwood 14 Michaelhouse 13

Very few would have expected this close result on Dixon’s at Glenwood, particularly as Michaelhouse were playing their first match. Playing with the wind, Michaelhouse kept the surprisingly disjointed Glenwood pinned in their own half for long periods.

The Michaelhouse forwards were not intimidated and held up well against the Glenwood pack in what is considered one of their better games over the last number of years.

Glenwood had a slender one-point lead at the break after they had scored an unconverted try by SA School’s player Siyabonga Tom and a penalty by Warren Potgieter. Michael Mvelase scored a try and converted it for Michaelhouse’s points.

Two penalties by Mvelase to one by Potgieter saw the visitors holding a lead with just minutes remaining. However, Potgieter snatched the win for Glenwood with a late penalty.

Kearsney 17 George Campbell 12

Kearsney started well and ran up 17 points within the first 20 minutes through three tries by Ayron Schramm, Isolethu Ngidi and Biaggo Pelliccia. One was converted by Jamie de Bruin. Numerous chances went begging after that but they could not score again.

Mondi Nkosi converted a penalty for Campbell for Kearsney’s 17-3 lead at the break.

In the second half driving rain into the Kearsney players’ faces made play very difficult and Nkosi added three further penalties in the physical match without reply from the home side.

 

Maritzburg College 43 Northwood 6

College, in their first full match, started a little shakily, particularly in the line-outs, but after the first 10 minutes started combining well. There was some hard running and good handling among the three-quarters which led to College scoring seven tries in the match.

At half-time College led 26-3 having scored four tries and two penalties. Northwood could only manage two penalties, one in each half.

 

Vryheid 22 DHS 32

This was a tighter game than the Durban lads had expected and it wasn’t until 15 minutes from the end that they took the lead after the scores were level at 22-22.

Vryheid were quick to capitalise on DHS mistakes and were ahead 17-15 at half-time. Kevin Tlale scored a brace with the other tries from Le Roux van Zyl and Zuko Nqawe. The latter scored the final try to put DHS into the lead.

 

Voortrekker Festival

The rugby on the main field at the Voortrekker sports day was a huge success. All matches were closely contested as there were no runaway victories.

Ladysmith narrowly beat Kuswag 7-3. The main curtain-raiser took place between St Charles and Richardsbaai. Some quality rugby was played by both teams with Richardsbaai winning narrowly 6-5.

The rain in the final game between Voortrekker and College II made constructive rugby difficult. By half-time College had slotted three penalties and Voortrekker had scored a try from a quick tap penalty. Vories scored their second try when a penalty kick hit the posts and, together with a penalty, won 15-9.

OTHER RESULTS

Hillcrest 33 Howick 0; New Forest 33 Grosvenor 0; Maritzburg College IV 22 Carter 10

At Voortrekker: Wartburg 7 Kingsway 5; KZN Development 14 Ixopo 0; Dbn North College 27 Dbn Akademie 10; Empangeni 39 Kokstad 8; Weston 15 Dundee 13.

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