Entertaining, dominating rugby

2011-06-21 00:00

THE final day of rugby at the end of the second quarter saw only four games being played as only the Independent schools were at school, with government schools enjoying yet another long weekend. Of the government schools, only Glenwood and Westville were involved in a full set of fixtures reported yesterday as “Match of the Day”.

Only Glenwood and Maritzburg College will be involved with rugby next term. Glenwood has fixtures against the KZN Development sides, Affies, Maritzburg College and Grey College. Maritzburg College plays three return fixtures against Glenwood, Affies and Pretoria Boys’.

 

Michaelhouse 30 Hilton 20

On a chilly afternoon at Michaelhouse the large crowd, in this return fixture, was warmed with some entertaining rugby with six tries being scored, three by either side. In a game where possession was more or less evenly spread, it was the place kicking of Thys Albertse, from the home side, that was essentially the difference between the two sides.

Michaelhouse, after losing the earlier game at Hilton, came out intent on rectifying their four-point loss from the first game. They took control from the first whistle and two penalties and a try by wing Simon Margesson, all converted by Albertse, gave them 13 points and Hilton then had to play catch-up rugby. They scored one try when fullback Kelvin Smith dotted down. Flyhalf Robert Anderson scored the second try for Michaelhouse, again converted by Albertse, to make the half-time score of 20-5 in favour of the hosts. This would now require a huge effort by Hilton to come back.

Hilton had the better of the second­ half, outscoring Michaelhouse 15-10, but it is never easy coming from well behind.

Two tries were scored by the visitors, the first by Ross Bartlett near the poles after breaking through a gap in the defensive line and in the final minute by wing Thomas Hattingh. Jason­ Shield converted Bartlett’s try and an earlier penalty for Hilton’s 20 points.

Michaelhouse took the pedal off slightly, but were always ahead and with a try by flyhalf Austin Lockington, converted by Albertse, and another­ penalty, they won 30-20.

St Charles 8 Kearsney 22

Not a great display by the visitors in their last school match of 2011, but this was another spirited display by the home side.

Kearsney appeared flat with their better players feeling the effects of the KZN games against the Pumas last Thursday.

Kearsney dominated the first half as expected, but missed out on many try-scoring opportunities. The first try came from left wing Isolethu Ngidi after the ball was moved from touch line to touch line.

The second try, by right winger James Lambert, was scored in similar fashion for Kearsney to take a 10-point lead.

St Charles responded with a penalty by Burton Weakley and again Kearsney enjoyed territorial advantage from the kickoff.

Eventually Ngidi­ scored his second after some sustained pressure and this time Lambert converted for Kearsney to take a 17-3 lead at the break.

Soon after the kickoff, St Charles scored a deserved try with hard running by their loose forwards in particular­.

Flank Liam O’Connel was rewarded when he touched down to make the half-time score 17-8.

Unfortunately the second half did not produce much excitement except for two individual snipes by Kearsney scrumhalf Matt Reece-Edwards, with one leading to an unconverted try to produce the final score of 22-8.

St Charles supporters were happy with their team’s gutsy performance, but the Kearsney players seemed exhausted after a long, but very successful season.

 

Treverton 36 St Henry’s 6

On Saturday Treverton hosted St Henry’s in a match of two halves. The first saw the St Henry’s win a lot of ball and capitalise on Treverton infringements to put over two penalties to lead 6-0 at the break.

The second half belonged to Treverton­ as they dominated possession and stepped up a physical gear. Captain and eighth man Ryan Allardyce­, and wing Kabelo Seoe scored a brace of tries each.

Kendall Nolan converted all four and kicked three penalties to give Treverton­ a convincing 36-6 win.

It needed the impetus of being down at half-time to get Treverton to start playing some good rugby in the second half.

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