Campbell come close to upsetting Kearsney

2010-05-18 00:00

MISERABLE conditions, particularly in the Durban area, spoilt many of the matches where players battled with their handling. George Campbell nearly caused a major upset when Kearsney beat them by just two points.

 

Michaelhouse 8 Glenwood 27

The first 20 minutes of the match on a cold and damp afternoon saw an even contest, although Glenwood players found that the cold conditions affected their handling. Both teams traded penalties, Fred Zeilinga for Glenwood and Hilton Mudariki for Michaelhouse.

It was then all Glenwood and three tries were scored, all converted by Zeilinga­. Scrumhalf Matthew Tor- rance­, wing Reece Jefferys and centre Dean Moolman dotted down. The Glenwood loose forwards were superb turning over the ball at the breakdowns. Just before half-time wing Erik Wiehe-Lagesse went over in the corner to put Glenwood 24-8 in front.

Michaelhouse settled down in the second half and made fewer mistakes from which Glenwood could counter. With the Glenwood defences solid, Michaelhouse could make little headway on attack and there was just one penalty­ by Zeilinga in the second half, giving the visitors a 27-8 win.

 

Wartburg 0 Weston 22

It was boys against men with a young and small Wartburg team against the much heavier Weston forwards. However, Wartburg made their tackles and despite being outscrummed and out- jumped in the line-outs did not give up. Weston scored two tries, the first from a maul following a line-out where flank Justus McCallaghan scored and the second from a forward drive where flank Meder van Dyck went over. This was converted by Thomas Gillies.

A third try was scored after broken play where centre Darren Saunders ran 50 metres down the touchline to score. This left the score at 17-0 at half- time. The second half saw Wartburg having a territorial advantage but they could not score. After a much better display, a lapse in their concentration allowed Weston number eight Monaheng Sililo to score in a solo effort where he evaded a number of tackles. This left Weston deserved winners by 22-0, but perhaps disappointed that they had not done better.

 

St Albans 22 St Charles 35

St Albans were surprised by the tenacity of the Maritzburg Saints, going down 22-35. The major difference in the game was the kicking of Burton Weakley, who missed just one kick, whereas the St Albans kicker was only successful with one kick.

Both sides scored four tries, both scoring two in each half. Hooker James Rae and flank Liam McConnel in the first half, and centre Sean Searle and wing Sean McNamara in the second. Vincent Potgieter made a number of telling breaks and number eight Matthew­ Tweddle, who set up two tries, had the biggest affect when on attack.

 

Westville 20 Durban high school 0

The conditions, with rain falling throughout, were not conducive to good rugby, resulting in a mistake-riddled, scrappy match. Although Westville did not look like losing the game, they did come under intense pressure particularly in the second half, but the defence did prevent DHS from scoring.

Wrong options and attempting to spread the ball wide in those conditions caused handling mistakes to abound. Westville probably had a few more opportunities than their visitors, but could only manage two tries, both scored by centre Tyler Fisher, one in each half.

At half-time Westville led10-0 with a goal and a penalty, which was repeated in the second half. Flyhalf Duncan Campbell converted both tries and two penalties for the 20-0 win.

 

Kearsney 16 George Campbell 14

Kearsney never really looked as if they would lose the game, but with 10 minutes remaining and only two points difference in the score, the match was poised and the result could have gone either way. George Campbell lived off the Kearsney mistakes and had their handling been better, the game would not have been close.

At half-time Campbell led 8-6 with a try and penalty by fullback Jean Spies to two penalties by Andrew Holland. Rain did not help the handling and the Campbell forwards relished the pick- and-drive, whereas Kearsney tried to play out wide. Centre Holland scored the Kearsney try, when he broke inside after a number of phases, scoring close to the poles. He converted and added a penalty to two penalties by Spies for the narrow win.

 

Port Natal 3 Northwood 15

Northwood beat Porties in the pre-season night series and they knew what to expect. The home side came out hard, but could not get through the Northwood defence. Northwood did not panick, absorbing the pressure, and when it started raining the Northwood forwards gradually gained the ascendency.

Centre Simiso Mchunu scored a lovely­ try, converted by Daniel de Beer and then wing Raymond Simon scored in the corner for the visitors to lead 12-3 at the break. The second half, with conditions deteriorating, saw only one further penalty by De Beer for the 15-3 win.

Other results (home side first)

Hilton 3 Maritzburg College 26; Treverton 35 Alexandra 3; Kearsney II 3 Clifton 11; Hillcrest 15 Kingsway 9; Thomas More 23 Kloof 13; Greytown 19 Carter 7; Grosvenor 6 Amanzimtoti 26; Ixopo 7 Kokstad 22; New Forest 16 Port Shepstone 19; Scottburgh 22 DNC 6.

The KZN School trials in the U18 and U16 age groups take place today from 10 am at Woodburn in Pietermaritzburg.

FIXTURES

U18: 10 am East vs West, 11 am North vs South, noon Northerns vs N. Durban, 2 pm S. Durban vs PMB, 3 pm Midlands vs Highways

U16: 10 am N Durban vs Selectors B, 11 am PMB vs Midlands, noon Northerns vs Selectors A, 2 pm Highways vs S. Durban.

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