Dominant play by forwards

2008-08-04 00:00

The curtain came down on domestic schoolboy rugby at the weekend with Michaelhouse increasing their winning margin against Hilton in their return game, Maritzburg College and Westville playing out a closely fought draw and Glenwood comfortably beating Kearsney.

The 31-16 win by Michaelhouse over Hilton was reported as “Match of the Day” in yesterday’s Witness.

Westville 17 Maritzburg College 17

It is always a difficult match in front of a vociferous home crowd at Westville and, after a disastrous season, College did well to come away with a draw. Indeed, if their kicking had been more accurate, they could quite easily have won though a draw was probably a fair reflection.

The College forwards dominated and they set the platform for the three tries College scored to the two by Westville. Something that College has struggled to do this season is to get off to a good start but on Saturday they did.

Flyhalf Keelan Bastew broke the line and scored early in the half. The conversion from close to the touchline failed, but College had taken a 5-0 lead.

Westville opened up their scoring when Dwayne Kelly converted a penalty and then flyhalf Preston Jollands outstripped the defence to score under the posts. Kelly added the extra points for the home side to be 10-5 in front.

Fullback Brett Young, in a superb solo effort, weaved his way through the Westville defenders to score wide out for College to draw level at 10-10. A powerful forward drive ended with prop Nicholas Schonert scoring and this time Young converted to put College 17-10 in front.

With 10 minutes remaining, some creative backline play saw Westville wing Bongi Kuhnene scramble over in the corner.

Kelly converted the most difficult kick of the match to draw level once again. After a tense five minutes, when both sides came close to scoring, the final whistle blew with the sides drawing 17-17.

Glenwood 62 Kearsney 0

A superb display of running rugby and quick recycling of the ball allowed Glenwood to blow Kearsney away, scoring 10 tries to win 62-0. At half-time, four tries, two converted, saw the home side 24-0 in front and a further six tries in the second half, four converted, added a further 38 points for the comprehensive win.

It was once again the Glenwood forwards that dominated, winning a surfeit of ball.

The backs used the ball effectively, scoring six tries. These went to fullback Dean Lovett, who also converted four tries, wing Andre Swart, flyhalf Storm Pearton, who also added two conversions, centre Msisi Ngcongo and reserve wing Rozz Odendaal. Right wing Marinus Coetzee scored a brace.

Among the forwards, captain and SA Schools hooker Shaun Malton scored, as did lock Kurt Beeton and prop John-Roy Jenkinson.

Jenkinson added to his tally of 14 tries this season, phenomenal for a front row forward. The front row of Malton, Jenkinson and Nardus Raubenheimer were superb, as they will need to be again next Saturday when they play Grey College.

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