College bounce back

2009-05-19 00:00

MARITZBURG College, after the heavy loss last week, bounced back to record a comfortable win, Westville were held to 31 points by George Campbell and a Glenwood mix of first, second and U16 players were still too strong for a game Voortrekker (reported as “Match of the Day” in Monday’s Witness). The surprise, however, was the defeat of Northwood by Port Natal.

 

DHS vs Maritzburg College

From the kickoff visitors Maritzburg College came within inches of scoring and this appeared to give them confidence. The next 25 minutes saw some wonderful movements, handling and desire to succeed. DHS were swept aside by waves of attacks, which resulted in three tries.

The first was scored by fullback Pieter Prinsloo, who had joined the line and dived over in the corner. Then it was debutant centre Dylan Barkas, who scored after College had taken the ball through a number of phases. Flyhalf Keelin Bastew broke through the DHS defensive line and passed to flank Jason Klaasen who dotted down for the third.

At half-time College led 22-10, as they relaxed in the last few minutes allowing wing Siyanda Mthembu to round the defence to score, converted by Jason Buchner. A few minutes earlier flyhalf Dumi Doyonase had put over a drop kick.

The rugby in the second half did not reach the same standard, but the Maritzburg lads added a further two penalties and a converted try to a lone penalty by DHS. A forward drive resulted in lock Chris Bosch going over for the fourth try.

What was pleasing for the College supporters was the commitment shown by the players after the disappointing performance last week.

 

George Campbell vs Westville

This was a scrappy encounter with spoiling rugby by the home side. It was clear that Westville were the better side as they dominated possession and territory. Centre Kayde Fisher scored the first try, following a sustained period of attack. Wing Travan Martin scored the second, both converted to take a 14-0 lead at half-time.

Turnovers and mistakes continued in the second half, as Westville did all the playing. Three further tries were scored through replacement Richard Young, wing Tyler Fisher and number eight Khaya Majola. Campbell again converted two of the tries to make the final score 33-0.

 

Northwood vs Port Na tal

Northwood would have been disappointed by their loss to a good Port Natal side. It was their pace that had the better of the home side. After some encouraging play over their last two matches, which included the win against Jeppe, it was thought that they would have the better in this encounter.

In a preseason night series encounter against Port Natal, where Northwood had lost 10-32, it was disappointing that they could not carry the improvements shown through this match which they lost 9-20.

 

Howick vs Wartburg

Howick won their third game in succession against rivals Wartburg, who allowed the Howick backs too much space and when pace is involved it is essential to cut down the space. At the half-time break, Howick led 13-3 after two tries and a penalty. Wartburg managed a penalty by Jens Hillermann. It was the Howick forwards who led to their third try early in the second half, when they made a good drive and barged over. Then Howick extended their lead to 21-3 with their second penalty. Wartburg came back strongly and after missing a penalty scored the final try of the game. Flank Jurgen Hohls scored from a set piece in the 22 metre area and Hillermann converted to give the visitors some joy at the end of the game.

 

Thomas More vs Treverton

During the first half, Thomas More used the wind to good effect keeping Treverton pinned in their own half. A handling mistake behind their goal line led to Thomas More dotting down for a try and they converted a penalty to lead 8-0 at the break.

In the second half, Treverton came out strongly and a bullocking run by Viv Kriek resulted in a try in the corner. Another mistake against the run of play saw Thomas More score their second try. This was converted for a 15-5 lead. Kriek used his strength in the last five minutes to score with three Thomas More players hanging on. This left the final score 15-10 but even as two tries each were scored.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Voortrekker 0 Glenwood 59; DHS 13 Maritzburg College 35; George Campbell 0 Westville 31; Northwood 9 Port Natal 20; Howick 21 Wartburg 10; Thomas More 15 Treverton 10; Clifton 3 Westville II 20; New Forest 5 St Henrys 6; Grosvenor 15 Kingsway 10; Crawford NC 5 Queensburgh 15; Crawford LL 0 Grantleigh 22

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