College too strong

2014-05-20 00:00

THIS past weekend’s schoolboy rugby clashes saw College prove too strong for Kearsney in Pietermaritzburg, Hilton sneak home against DHS at Hilton and Northwood come unstuck against Michaelhouse in Durban North after a string of good results.

In other matches, Clifton College proved way too strong for Pinetown Boys’ High, Glenwood were never in trouble against Port Natal and St Charles were entertaining in dealing with Voortrekker.

Maritzburg College 29 Kearsney 17

This was the 68th time the sides had met and College did not disappoint, notching their 57th win against the Botha’s Hill boys in front of a large crowd at Goldstones in the provincial capital.

The hosts started well and were 7-0 to the good after 10 minutes, centre Marcel Coetzee crashing over and converting his own try.

Soon after, the lead stretched to 12-0 when right wing Xolisa Guma gathered a rebound and raced 70 metres to dot down in the corner. The flyer added a second try before 20 minutes had been played for College to be 17-0 ahead and Kearsney thankful that Coetzee was missing the target with the boot.

Kearsney managed to plug the gaps until half time, replying with a Tristan Tedder penalty to see the sides change ends at 17-3 to College, in a half they dominated and were unlucky to not be out of sight on the scoreboard.

Continuing their solid work, College added another five-pointer when flank Hayden Tharratt’s strong run breached the Kearsney defence for a 22-5 advantage.

With Kearsney’s confidence in tatters, Tharratt scored his second try, Coetzee converting, and at 29-3 with 19 minutes left, the contest was as good as done.

However, the boys in maroon and white dug deep for a last gasp effort that was rewarded on the hour when prop Tijde Visser rounded off over the tryline, Tristan Tedde converting.

With their tank not quite empty, Kearsney added respect to the score when right wing Langa Hlongwane cantered in for a try after a series of penalties saw Kearsney advance up the field.

Tristan Tedder converted and Kearsney supporters, though downcast at the result, were thankful there was only 12 points in it at the whistle.

This was a timely win for College who face their toughest opposition this Saturday when they travel to Durban to take on Glenwood’s mighty “Green Machine” on Dixons.

Northwood 11 Michaelhouse 27

After recent results that saw wins against Hilton, Jeppe and Parktown, the odds favoured Northwood on their home ground but perhaps a dose of over confidence contributed to their downfall.

With a powerful pack of forwards, Northwood were expected to set the platform against their Midlands visitors but five tight heads tells the story of a foundation that crumbled throughout the afternoon.

It was the visitors who struck first through tries by number eight Matthew Potgieter and fullback David Broadley for a 10-0 lead as flyhalf Bader Pretorius battled to find his kicking touch.

With both sides looking to try and dominate, this was a ding-dong battle, Northwood replying with two penalties from centre Sassasa Makhanya as the sides headed into half time at 10-6 to the visitors.

In the second half, it was Michaelhouse’s pack who dominated and only determined defence from Northwood kept the score respectable.

Two more Michaelhouse tries courtesy of wing Liam Furniss and Pretorius, both converted, plus a Pretorius drop goal, rounded off a good afternoon’s work from the Balgowan outfit.

Near the end, Northwood gave one final push with hooker Cameron Silsen getting over the whitewash for an unconverted try.

“I think we got a little ahead of ourselves after our recent good results and were a touch too full of ourselves,” said Northwood coach Grant Bashford.

“Missed tackles and not getting ball at set pieces was always going to see the result go against us and while I hoped we could beat Michaelhouse, we never reached the heights we know we are capable of.”

Other Results:

Hilton 18 DHS 15

Glenwood 65 Port Natal 3

Clifton College 60 Pinetown Boys’ High 0

Voortrekker 13 St Charles 45

Hillcrest 10 Port Shepstone 20.

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