Close results bode well for future

2010-04-20 00:00

ON the first Saturday of the school term there were some close results which bode well for the matches ahead.

Westville arguably produced the best result, making them a side to beat this term as they ran out 26-9 winners against Hilton (reported as Match of the Day yesterday).

Michaelhouse vs Kearsney

It was not a great game but the intensity of the tackles and the closeness of the score kept the spectators enthralled. The pressure created caused numerous mistakes by both teams. Only three tries were scored, two by Michaelhouse, in their 12-13 loss.

Scoring opportunities were missed by both teams and in the final count it was Warren Seals who had kicked marginally­ better to give Kearsney the narrow one-point win.

At half-time Michaelhouse led 7-3, after Michael Watson had scored, converted by Thys Albertse to a Seals penalty­. Seals made it 6-7 and then Gareth­ Reece-Edwards was in support on the fringes of a ruck to go over under the poles. This was converted by Seals giving Kearsney a 13-7 lead.

Kearsney on attack were stopped and Michaelhouse turned over the ball, and with a pick and drive by their forwards, when the ball emerged, it was two quick passes to Patrick Howard who scored in the corner, but the conversion went wide and so Kearsney won the nail-biting match. Glenwood vs Maritzburg ColleGE

Two evenly matched forward packs allowed few scoring opportunities in the game, which was played largely between the two 22-metre areas. The game was very physical and it was Glenwood who made fewer mistakes under pressure, which gave them the 20-13 win.

At the break Glenwood led 5-3 and neither side had dominated. Keelin Bastew had converted a penalty and fullback Juhan Fouche had scored just before the break, after a well-worked line movement.

Hooker Senzo Mtshali scored a try when Glenwood drove a maul over the tryline and then Bastew scored with another penalty to make the score 6-10. Centre Sibusiso Majola scored an intercept try, which Bastew converted to put College into a 13-10 lead. Glenwood prop Niel Oelofse managed to force his way over for a try that was converted by Fred Zeilinga and a late penalty by Siyabonga­ Tom gave Glenwood a hard-fought win.

Northwood vs St Charles

The match was very evenly matched, with the two halves mirror images of one another. In the first half it was Northwood who scored two converted tries to lead 14-6. In the second half St Charles scored two tries, both converted, to two penalties by Northwood, to leave the end result 20-20.

Two Burton Weakley penalties, one at the beginning and the other at the end of the half kept St Charles in the game against some swift running by the Northwood backs.

The team talk during the break worked as hooker James Rae scored under the poles shortly after the resumption of play, making Weakley’s conversion simple.

A clearing kick from Andrew Botha from the 22-metre area was chased by centre Vincent Potgieter, who gathered and ran 40 metres to score.

Weakley again added the extra points to tie the scores. Despite both teams having further attempts to score, there was no change when the final whistle blew.

George Campbell vs Voortrekker

This was a game of two halves and although the hosts had some heavy forwards, the Vories lads scrummed well and they dominated the possession in the first half.

Centre Deon Minnie opened the scoring with a try near the corner and later George Campbell succeeded with a penalty. Just on the whistle for half- time, a runaway try and conversion gave the home side a flattering 10-5 lead.

In the second half Campbell dominated possession and the first two tries in the half came without Voortrekker having had the ball in hand once. They started taking strain against the heavier forwards and George Campbell ran in a further try and three penalties to win 29-5.

Wartburg vs Treverton

Although the young Wartburg side were outsized, they held their own until half-time. Hayden van der Merwe put over two penalties and Treverton’s Louis Meyer converted one. In the last minute of the half Jason Steyn intercepted with Wartburg on attack, scoring under the posts. Meyer converted for the visitors to lead 10-6 and it was still anyone’s game.

In the second half Treverton was in control and a penalty by Meyer, as well as two further tries to Steyn and Tyrone Corfield, both converted by Meyer, gave them a 27-6 win.

 

Scores in brief (home team first) Hilton 9 Westville 26; Glenwood 20 Maritzburg College 13; Michaelhouse 12 Kearsney 13; St Charles 20 Northwood 20; George Campbell 29 Voortrekker 5; Wartburg 6 Treverton 27; Pinetown 10 DHS 22; Howick 12 Scottburgh 3; Clifton 10 Port Natal 8; Crawford LL 12 Queensburgh 5; Thomas More 3 Hillcrest 7; Linpark 11 Carter 8.

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