Dominating display of rugby at festival

2013-05-02 00:00

THERE was a great atmosphere throughout the day on Goldstones where eight matches took place on the first day of The Wildeklawer Festival. Referees allowed games to flow with plenty of tries scored.

EG Jansen 38 Noordkaap 12

The first game of the morning with plenty of dew on the ground did not disappoint, with seven tries. The well drilled EG Jansen side dominated the first 20 minutes scoring two tries and a penalty before Noordkaap scored a try. Jansen came back with another try to lead 24-7 at the break.

The second half continued with dominance by Jansen as they scored another two tries, both converted, to one unconverted try by Noordkaap.

Man of the match was Marco Holmes, EG Jansen’s eighth man.

Glenwood 36 Boland Landbou 13

Glenwood were guilty of a number of early mistakes which resulted in prop Matthys Basson scoring under the crossbar. Tian Nel added the extra points. Glenwood managed to put a few phases together resulting in wing Spark Ngcobo scoring in the corner. Glenwood’s backline was not given the freedom to create spaces as Landbou had the better of territory. Nel converted two further penalties before Ngcobo managed to slither over for his second try just before the break for the KZN side to trail 10-13.

In the second period, Glenwood started winning more ball and they scored the first try of the half, Corné Vermaak converting for the Durban side to lead 17-13. Jaco Coetzee (No. 8) then forced his way over assisted by other Glenwood forwards for a converted try and a 24-13 lead. Glenwood ran the big Landbou forwards ragged, running in two further tries, by flyhalf Curtis Jonas and Ngcobo getting a hat-trick. One try was converted for a 36-13 win.

Man of the match was Jonas.

Monument 36 HTS Drostdy 14

Drostdy came close to scoring early, but they were prevented by good defending and it was then that Monument started gaining the upper hand. A penalty by Gerhardus van der Walt was followed by three tries by flank Dwayne Pienaar, prop Frans van Wyk and centre Stefan le Roux; Van der Walt converting two, for a 22-0 lead.

Drostdy made better use of their opportunities to score two tries in the second half, the first by No. 8 Hanro Liebenberg and the second by centre Yousrie Savahl, both converted by Wynand Roets.

Monument added another two tries to their tally in the second half, from centre Stefan le Roux and replacement wing W. Cloete. Man of the match was Monument flank Pienaar.

Affies 41 Framesby 21

This match was played on the B field and it was Affies who dominated, scoring three converted tries to three penalties by Framesby in the first half to lead 21-9 at half time. Ivan van Zyl converted all three tries, two scored by fullback Eduan Keyter and the other by hooker Francois Steyn. The penalties for Framesby came from Ernst Stapelberg.

Another three tries by Affies in the second half, by centre and SA Schools player Jurie Linde and a brace by wing Thys van Wyk, with one converted and a penalty, kept Affies well ahead, but Framesby came more into the game as they scored two late tries.

Grey College 42 Oakdale 20

This was the first ever meeting between these two schools and it was a a daunting task for the farmers from George against a side that have not yet lost a match at the previous four years of the Wildeklawer Tournament. It was Oakdale who surprised Grey with the first try scored quite far out by centre Gene Willemse. Grey struck back with a penalty by Stephen Rautenbach before scrumhalf Heinrich Sander put Grey ahead with a sniping try under the posts, converted by Rautenbach. The latter added a second penalty to lead 13-5.

Oakdale dug deep and came back with a try by wing Juan Terblanche and then finally a kick went over for Jan Oberholzer when he added a penalty to draw level with Grey 13-13 at the break.

The second half was all Grey, with the heat taking its toll of the boys from SWD, as the Free Staters ran in a further four tries. Another two tries sealed the match for Grey, before man of the match, centre Carel Durow, scored their final try. Oakdale gathered some further energy and it was replacement flank Daniel Maree who scored a consolation five-pointer at the end, converted by Oberholzer.

Paarl BHS 55 Sharks XV 15

This was the second game played on Snows and it was an expected runaway victory, the second largest of the day, for the boys from the Cape. It was always going to be difficult for the composite side with players selected from Northwood, Port Natal and George Campbell. The first half was reasonably close, but Boys’High had better stamina and ran in a further seven tries in the second half. At half time the score was 15-8 with two tries by Paarl to one by the Sharks. Paarl BHS tries were scored by flyhalf Dante van der Merwe and eighth man Charl du Toit.

The seven tries after the break were scored by prop Thomas du Toit, a brace by both fullback Darren Papier, and wing Daylen Daniels — a second try to go with his first half try by Van der Merwe and finally scrumhalf Damien Stevens.

Grey HS 51 Diamantveld 10

Although the two teams were evenly matched in size, it was Grey who had the skills and handling to eventually score tries to be the second side to score over 50 points. The Port Elizabeth team had dominance in all aspects of the game, although they were playing against 14 players, as Diamantveld had received a red card early in the game.

At half time Grey led 29-5, scoring four tries to one. Most of Grey’s tries were good attacking moves. Flank CJ Vellerman scored and then centre Jeremy Ward. Diamantveld narrowed the gap to 5-10 when wing JD Swanepoel scored. Three tries were scored in quick succession by Grey, with Diamantveld wiltering, with a man short in the midday heat. Flank Johan van Niekerk, lock Junior Pokomela and centre Vincent Moss all dotted down and the last two tries were converted by Curwin Bosch.

Grey scored another four tries in the second half. Van Niekerk scored two for the second hat-trick of the day, wing Dylan Vermaak and replacement wing Luca Dulla-Vecchia crossed the line — the last try converted by Nick Beswick. In the last minute Diamantveld’s wing JP Abrahams scored in the corner.

Paarl Gym Wildeklawer 43 Invitation XV 20

The Invitation team were Hentie Cilliers from the Free State and they held up well until half time, changing with the score 14-10 to Paarl. The latter had scored two tries to one by Harmony. Paarl scored first through Sylvester Lewis, converted by Ethan Williams. Gimmies eighth man, Rikus Bothma, scored the other, followed by wing Ruan Stander, both converted by Wyatt Murphy.

In the second period, six tries were added by Gimmies, with Murphy converting three. Hentie Cilliers added a penalty by Williams and Dwayne Softly scored a try, converted by Williams.

Maritzburg College 17 Paul Roos 30

College’s defence let them down early on against some hard running by the Stellenbosch side, who were heavier in the forwards. The College loose forwards worked hard to win the loose ball and the two wings showed real pace when they received the ball. However, they let their opposition get too far ahead and although they outscored them in the second half, it was a little too late.

Paul Roos put early pressure on College from the kickoff and when they spread the ball wide it was flyhalf Aidyn Cupido who offloaded to flank Christo van der Merwe who went over in the corner. They added a penalty by Cupido to lead 8-0. College struck back with some good individual play by wing BJ Ngwenya, who used an inside-outside swerve to beat the cover and score under the poles. Marcel Coetzee added the extra points for the gap to close to 7-8.

The rest of the half belonged to the visitors, with centre Daniel du Plessis scoring. A soft try from a lineout let prop Hendrik Barnard go through almost unhindered and Cupido converted for Paul Roos to lead 25-7 at the break.

College started the second half putting the pressure on Paul Roos, but two early chances went abegging. The home side maintained possession and this led to two tries, the first by Kelvin Elder and the second by Ngwenya for his brace. Neither converted. College had had most of the play, but Paul Roos managed to rally in the last few minutes to score a final try by wing Matt Gallow to give Paul Roos the win.

Outeniqua 39 Waterkloof 19

This was billed as the game of the day, but few had told Waterkloof as the first half was all Outeniqua with the SWD side running in six tries without reply to lead 34-0 at the break. Waterkloof did get into the red zone a few times, but Oteniqua’s defence was well marshalled and they kept their line clean.

The second half saw Waterkloof having more possession, but it appeared as if Outeniqua were content to keep Waterkloof from scoring. However, the Pretoria visitors kept the pressure and were rewarded when lock Jeandré de Beer drove over under the posts. Tinus de Beer converted for Waterkloof to trail 7-34. This was followed by Outeniqua using some pace to score their seventh try by flank and captain George Malan. Waterkloof came back with two more tries by David Joyce and De Beer, the first converted.

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