Festival upset: Paul Roos’s defeat a major surprise

2013-04-01 00:00

AT the end of Saturday’s second day, played in overcast, cool conditions, only three sides remain unbeaten at the Kearsney Festival. They are Grey College, Paarl Gym and Outeniqua. The major surprise of the day was the defeat of Paul Roos by EG Jansen.

Westville 7 Outeniqua 33

The KZN side did lift their game showing greater commitment than they did in their first match. Outeniqua, however, had too much muscle upfront and their mercurial backs were always dangerous with ball in hand.

With just four minutes on the clock, wing Leighton Eksteen scored and converted for Outeniqua to lead 7-0. Ten minutes later they doubled their score, when outstanding centre and SA School’s player, Warrick Gelant, scored and he added the extra points.

Westville did have their chances, but the Outeniqua defenses were well marshalled and when Westville made a mistake in their line-out just metres away from the Outeniqua try line, Eksteen was quick to react and he and flyhalf Dewald Human ran the length of the field with some clever interpassing for Human to score under the posts. Eksteen was again successful giving Outeniqua 21 points, just going into the second quarter.

It was Human again, who sliced through the Westville line and passed to Galant to go over for his second try. A last-minute effort by Westville in attacking the tryline was repulsed by Outeniqua just before the half-time whistle which gave the SWD side a 26-point lead at the break.

Despite the weight difference in the forwards, Westville won all their scrums and tighthead Matthew Jackson was particularly good in cleaning up in the tight phases. One further try was scored by Outeniqua when Eksteen scored his second, converted by Gelant, before Westville scored a consolation try by wing Keegan Paverd in the final few minutes, converted by Louis Snyman.

Kearsney 6 Paarl Gym 33

The crowd had swelled to near capacity for this game and there was much anticipation from the locals when Kearsney led 6-0 after two Tristan Tedder penalties.

The Paarl side gradually got on top and as Kearsney were put under more pressure, cracks appeared in their defence. In the 28th minute, standout eighth man Rikus Bothma sucked in a number of Kearsney defenders and off-loaded to 2,03 metre lock JD Schickerling who had little problem scoring from just six metres out. Paarl countered when a poor relieving kick from Kearsney resulted in centre Wayno Visagie dotting down and Wyatt Murphy converted giving PG a 12-6 lead at the break.

Two further tries came in quick succession early in the second half, sealing the game for the Paarl team. The first was set up by Bothma, who sent fullback Grant Hermanus through a gap, who then passed to centre Ryan Oosthuizen to score. A few minutes later a handling mistake by Kearsney resulted in wing Leaviel

Gouws sprinting down the touchline to score. Kearsney then held Paarl until two minutes from the end when flank Jacques Vermeulen scored the fifth try.

Glenwood 41 Selborne 5

At last Glenwood played with more fluency, eliminating mistakes that have dogged them this season, scoring six tries to one from Selborne and their first win in six matches this season.

Midway through the first half Kearsney centre Nkululeko Mcuma sent fullback Morné Joubert away. He sprinted down the touch line breaking inside to score, allowing for an easier conversion by Corné Vermaak. Left wing Sphamandla Ngcobo used his speed to score a hat-trick of tries before half time — all from 30 metre or more sprints down the touchline.

The second half began with a successful penalty by Vermaak and then Glenwood eighth man Jaco Cotzee scored after a great break up the right flank. A pinpoint kick by Vermaak added two extra points. Selborne had not thrown in the towel and although some of their big forwards were showing signs of fatigue, replacement scumhalf Keegan Gray sniped over from a ruck for Selborne’s lone try. In the final minute Joubert made the break, passing inside to Vermaak, who scored the final seven points for a good win.

Boland Lanbou 38 Nico Malan 16

Nico Malan, who came back to draw 36 all against Selborne in their first game, could not repeat it against Boland Landbou. With 10 minutes remaining, the Boland side led 17-16, but after a red card, Nico Malan conceded three converted tries.

EG Jansen 29 Paul Roos 12

At half time the score read 12-5 to EG Jansen and most spectators felt that Paul Roos would unleash in the second half. This did not happen as EG Jansen scored a further three tries, one converted to a try by Paul Roos for the unexpected win.

Grey College 36 Framesby 9

Grey dominated from the outset, scoring five tries in the first half, with just the first try not converted. Framesby scored two penalties. With some light drizzle, conditions became slippery which led to both sides making handling errors and each side was then only able to score a penalty in the second period.

The final games today will see two of the top three sides, Grey College and Outenqua, doing battle at midday.

Fixtures:

09:30 EG Jansen vs Nico Malan; 10:45 Westville vs Framesby; 12:00 Grey College vs Outeniqua; 13:15 Paul Roos vs Selborne; 14:30 Glenwood vs Grey College; 15:45 Kearsney vs Boland Landbou; 17:00 Awarding of 3 Shark’s Academy bursaries

Other KZN scores from Festivals:

Hilton 23 Helpmekaar 10 (St Stithians)

St Charles 25 Krugersdorp 13 (Krugersdorp)

Northwood 19 Sarel Cilliers 14 (Vryheid)

George Campbell 6 Stellenberg 29 (Bizsports)

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