DHS claim victory in a win against St Charles

2011-06-07 00:00

THERE was a lot of hype around the St Charles field on their Old Boys’ Day where they were hosting visitors­ Durban High School. The earlier games were running late with the result that the players in the first-team game ran onto the field more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start.

The game however, still required a change of jerseys, which fortunately were available, as DHS have two sets wherever they play.

St Charles remained in their blue-and-gold strip as DHS changed into a largely white strip. Fortunately the early afternoon start meant that the game would still finish in sunlight, despite starting 50 minutes late.

The first half never got going and despite DHS having almost 75% of possession, they only scored two tries. The large amount of penalties awarded by Dave Look never allowed much continuity in play. Only in the last 10 minutes of the half was St Charles able to run at DHS after winning some good ball. This also allowed the home side to score a try.

The second half was much better with some exciting runs by players from both sides. There were also fewer penalties and better managing of the game by the referee. However­,­ the extra weight of the DHS forwards meant that St Charles were always under pressure, particularly in the tight phases.

The final score of the 24-13 win to DHS was fully deserved, but they were probably disappointed that they had not made better use of the amount of ball they won. It was three tries to one that helped DHS to their victory. St Charles must take some credit in creating pressure which caused mistakes to creep in to the DHS play.

At half-time the visitors led 10-7. Flank Matthew Pieters opened the scoring with a try in the corner after possession through a number of phases. Their second try came from some fine play between their two KZN Craven Week players, flyhalf Brendon Cope and fullback Mbembi­ Payi, who dotted down. This came from a misdirected kick from a St Charles penalty.

With St Charles winning more ball and flyhalf Burton Weakley growing in confidence, the St Charles try came five minutes before the break.

Weakley broke blind and passed to flank Liam O’Connel on his inside, who broke back inside to score. Weakley made sure of the extra­ two points to narrow the gap to 7-10 going into half-time.

Two minutes into the second half, Weakley slotted a penalty to tie up the scores at 10 all. Both sides then had opportunities in the next 10 minutes to score, after long runs, which the cover defences just managed to stop. Cope put the visitors ahead with a penalty in the 14th minute and then another St Charles knock-on from a Cope high kick ahead, resulted in Payi’s second try. This put DHS 18-10 in front.

Weakley added a penalty and then Cope closed off the game with two further penalties to give DHS the victory.

 

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