Errors cost College

2014-05-27 00:00

GLENWOOD and Maritzburg College met at Dixon’s Field, Glenwood, on Saturday in a match that went a long way in determining the kings of schoolboy rugby in the province.

Both sides gave their all for the full 70 minutes and, while Glenwood took the early initiative, College fought back to within touching distance only for a late try to swell the scoreboard.

Elsewhere, Westville Boys’ High beat the visiting KES team in a high-scoring, entertaining clash at Westville; George Campbell sneaked home against Voortrekker; DHS slugged it out to take the honours against Northwood; Port Natal passed the 50-point mark against Richards Bay and Durban North College had the better of Crawford La Lucia.

Glenwood 27 College 14

Glenwood were first on the board when flyhalf Curtis Jonas slotted a penalty early on after College had looked threatening from the kick-off.

The early advantage settled the home side and they were soon 10-0 to the good after charging number eight Marco Palvie powered over for the opening try. The five-pointer came after a solid carry from Glenwood prop Koos Tredoux that saw Jonas lay the ball off to Palvie from the resultant ruck.

Jonas added the extra two points and with Glenwood winning solid turnover ball, College had all the work to do.

Glenwood’s lead was stretched to 17-0 when wing Ilunga Mukendi broke down the right to outstrip the College defence, fending off fullback Brandon Holder and flank Hayden Tharratt. Jonas converted and it looked as though College would be in for a long afternoon with an hour still to play.

Battling for continuity and a touch rattled to be so far behind, College made poor decisions with plenty of errors coming into play.

However, they were next on the board, opening their account with a Marcel Coetzee penalty, but Glenwood hit back with another Jonas three-pointer to maintain a heavy advantage at 20-3.

This remained the score until the break, although both sides came close in scoring tries, Glenwood centre Sparks Ngcobo, playing his 50th match, knocking on with the tryline in sight and Coetzee stopped on the line.

Coetzee added his second penalty early in the second half and after a period of play with plenty of shrill blasts from referee Marius Jonker and a number of turn­overs for both sides, College produced their first try of the afternoon.

Holder had the better of a one-on-one battle with Jonas after the ball had been kicked ahead, his power winning the day and reducing the deficit to 20-11.

The conversion is wide but late in the game, another Coetzee penalty sees the match become a six-point affair, College having fought back to 20-14.

That was to be their last point on the board as Glenwood took advantage of College’s efforts to run the ball and try and take the match. It proved the midlands team’s downfall as quick turnover from Glenwood saw scrumhalf Kwazi Khanyile attack from around the fringe, warding off some tired defenders as he ran all of 40 metres to deliver the killer blow.

Jonas added the conversion for the final score of 27-14, a perfect way for Glenwood to round off the school’s Old Boys’ Day.

Westville 34 KES 23

This was a match of running rugby played in front of a capacity crowd at Westville’s Bowden’s Field.

The first period saw both sides battle to settle with a many errors creeping into play. Attacks from both sides were snuffed out by solid defence and it was the home side who made the most of what came their way, winning the kicks at goal 6-3 after a quarter of the match had been played.

Westville number eight Teigan Erasmus was rewarded with the first try, breaking on the blindside to get over the line unopposed to score under the uprights. Kyan Braithwaite converted and Westville headed for the break 13-3 ahead.

Having weighed each other up in the first half, both sides delivered the goods in a pulsating second period that saw both sides score three tries.

Westville were again first out the blocks when centre Wayne Smith stole the ball at the breakdown and put wing Shane Ball in next to the poles after drawing the KES fullback. Braithwaite converted and Westville was 20-3 to the good.

The introduction of Brad Wright to the KES flyhalf berth saw key for the visitors as the regular second team man transformed the side into a lethal attacking force. His penetrative runs and measured passing saw the KES side gain huge momentum going forward and Westville were taken by surprise when KES wingers Manny Mbatha and Keketso Maphate saw the visitors right back in the game at 20-16 with 10 minutes on the clock.

It was a scintillating finale as Westville fullback Bradley Smith stunned the visitors with two tries, both converted by Braithwaite to put the hosts comfortably out of sight at 34-16.

Credit to KES for not giving up. They launched attack after attack toward the end and closed out the afternoon with a last-effort try to hooker Willem du Plessis, which was converted.

Other Results

Northwood 6 DHS 11

George Campbell 19 Voortrekker 15

Crawford La Lucia 12 Durban North College 24

Richards Bay 6 Port Natal 53

Midweek

St Charles 31 George Campbell 7

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