Dominant sides claim easy wins

2013-06-11 00:00

WITH the match between Kearsney and Maritzburg College being postponed, the other games were won relatively easily by the dominant sides.

Michaelhouse 37 St Charles 10

The foundation for the victory by the home side was laid early on by their forwards and while the score line half way through the first half was 7-6 to St Charles, Michaelhouse had been guilty of poor handling and passes, nullifying their possession advantage. It was not all due to Michaelhouse, but some good defence by St Charles also led to mistiming in some of the passes.

At the end of the first half with the score 16-10 to the home side, Saints were still in the game. In the second period fewer mistakes were made by Michaelhouse and they ran in three further tries for a comfortable win.

Two penalties by Michael Bauer put the home side ahead, before St Charles made a number of thrusts at the tryline before scoring, and with Morné Hamman converting, the visitors led 7-6. This was short-lived as Bauer converted his third penalty before Michaelhouse at last kept the ball through a number of phases and captain and lock Chris Schoeman scored their first try. Bauer again made sure with the two extra points before Hamman narrowed the gap with a penalty on the stroke of half time.

A mistake by St Charles allowed Schoeman to counter and in a move that went through a number of hands, including Schoeman carrying the ball on three separate occasions, he scored his second and Bauer took the score to 23-10. Ten minutes later the hosts again took the ball through the phases to end with wing David Broadley scoring in the corner. Bauer converted from close to the touch line to keep his clean record.

Finally it was hooker Jasper Epsom who again scored from a penalty awarded close to the tryline. Bauer completed the game, making another difficult conversion, for his contribution of 17 points.

Northwood 11 Glenwood 33

This was a game that never really got going with a large number of penalties and too much whistle, which was frustrating for both players and spectators. It was Northwood who opened the scoring, after five minutes, with a try by their eighth man to take a 5-0 lead.

The Glenwood players then gradually overcame the Northwood resistance, to score four tries to lead 26-8 at half time. Tries were scored by wing Morné Joubert, flyhalf Curtis Jonas and wing Sparks Ngcobo, all converted by Joubert in the absence of injured Corné Vermaak. The final unconverted try was by flank Rupert Kay. Sassa Makhanya converted a penalty for Northwood.

The second half just never sparked with Makhanya kicking a second penalty for Northwood and Joubert scoring his second try for the visitors, which he converted for a personal tally of 18 points, possibly the highlight of the game.

DHS 3 Hilton 23

Hilton were tested by the home side in front of a large number of their Old Boys on Founders day. What did not help the visiting team was that they had to play all but three minutes of the match with 14 men after an early red card was shown to one of their forwards. This disrupted the tight exchanges, particularly the line-outs.

Hilton opened the scoring with a penalty before fullback Mark Gunn dotted down. Le Roux van Zyl then kicked a massive drop kick from between the 10-metre and half way line to put DHS on the scoreboard. The half time score was 13-3.

The home side did not lie down, but the Hilton defence stood firm, preventing DHS from getting across the try line. Wing Brad Dickerson scored the second try of the match when he used some pace to score and with about 17 minutes remaining.

Westville 64 George Campbell 7

Westville expected a tougher game, but by spreading the ball and keeping it away from the Campbell forwards they were able to run in 10 tries.

GC were certainly competitive in the forward exchanges, but when they did not get far in bashing against the Westville forwards, they did try to run the ball. Mistakes allowed Westville to counter and from this the home side scored a number of tries.

The two Westville centres scored five of the eight tries scored by the backs. Brad Ellse got a hat-trick and Lindo Buthelezi scored a brace. Louis Snyman was successful with eight conversions.

Other results: Clifton 62 Treverton 16; Greytown 19 Weston 8; Westville II 36 Voortrekker 0; Wartburg 31 Carter 10; Kloof 33 Suidnatal 7; Kingsway 0 Richardsbaai 78; Hillcrest 19 St Henry’s 20

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