College woes continue as PBHS notch first win on Goldstones

2008-04-20 00:00

A disappointing performance by Maritzburg College left their supporters pondering a dark winter ahead, as Pretoria Boys’ High were full value for the 20-8 victory, their first ever on College’s home ground at Goldstones.

This is not the first College side that has not had the pace to match many of the opposition sides, but the commitment on the field in the past has ensured first-time tackling and dominance at the break down.

Both these ingredients were missing on Saturday, save for a brief few minutes midway in the second half, when College scored their sole try and came close to a second.

Pretoria, dominant in the lineouts, winning their own ball and five of College’s throws, won a surfeit of ball but were guilty of handling mistakes. Against a better side, they would have been made to pay, but the lethargic College team let them off the hook. College’s attempts to run the ball were at half-pace and lacked direction.

PBHS opened the scoring after 12 minutes when centre Jason Williams was first to the ball that popped out on the short blind side at a ruck, running 40 metres down the touch-line, to score in the corner.

Their second try came 10 minutes later, as College missed several tackles, allowing flank Jeanne Jardim to go over. The conversion was missed, but flyhalf Stanley Twiname made sure with a penalty from a similar position a short while later and the visitors went into the break leading 13-0.

College fullback Brett Young opened their scoring with a penalty in the second half. A determined run by fullback Donavan Marais, who brushed aside the College defence, saw him score under the posts for an easy conversion by Twiname.

A strong cover tackle by right wing Jaryd Chiochetti that stopped a certain Pretoria try appeared to spur College to a greater effort. It was again Chiochetti who made the yardage when he came across to the left and ran well, with players in support.

Stopped on the line, he handed the ball to left wing Darren Anderson who scored to give College their only try (20-8). The home side came close again, but shortly afterwards lapsed back into the former malaise.

This afternoon at 4 pm, College play the touring Westlake BHS from Auckland, New Zealand. Westlake beat Kearsney 17-15 recently, during Kearsney’s tour to North Island.

Other weekend results:

Michaelhouse 16 DHS 7;

Hilton 81 Northwood 0; Westville 25 Kearsney 3; Glenwood 78 Richardsbaai 3; Pionier 24 St Charles 13; Hillcrest 11 Thomas More 10; Howick 37 Scottburgh 8;

George Campbell 24 Port Natal 8

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