Fitting end to College rugby fest

2013-05-07 00:00

AFTER the heat of the first day, it was pleasant rugby weather for most of the games on the second and final day of the Wildeklawer Rugby Festival at Maritzburg College on Saturday.

It became colder as the day wore on, and heavy rain during the penultimate game sent spectators packing. They did come in numbers for the final game though, when the rain had stopped and the home side (College) were in action.

The last five matches on Goldstones were evenly contested and exciting, bringing the festival to a fitting end.

Oakdale 40 Sharks XV 3

An early start at 7.15 am in fairly dark, overcast conditions, saw Oakdale dominate the Sharks XV, the latter outplayed in most aspects of the game. JT Jackson scored a try and added five conversions, while centre Juan Terblanche bagged a brace of five-pointers. For the Sharks, Port Natal’s Merlynne Pieterse slotted a penalty.

Paarl Gym 34 Waterkloof 6

With light drizzle falling, this eagerly awaited match saw handling errors spoil promising moves. At the break Paarl Gym held a slender 10-6 lead after two tries from fullback Grant Hermanus and centre Ryan Oosthuizen. Tinus de Beer added two penalties for Waterkloof.

In the second half it was all Paarl Gym, with three converted tries taking the final score to 34-6. Wyatt Murphy landed an early penalty and scrumhalf Brendan Nell, eighth-man Rikus Bothma and wing Dylon Fairbridge dotted down.

EG Jansen 64 Diamantveld 0

This was a runaway victory for EG Jansen, and in the five-year history of the Wildeklawer Festival, this winning margin was the biggest to date. Three converted tries were scored in the first half and a further seven tries in the second half. Fullback Kobus Engelbrecht landed seven conversions and scored a try for a tally of 19 points. Wing Hannes Forrester scored a hat-trick of tries.

Glenwood 17 Paarl BHS 15

Most of the early part of this match was played in the Paarl half. Against the run of play, Paarl wing Ferlin Vers had a run down the touchline to score in the corner, converted by Damien Stevens. A penalty was added for the Cape side to lead 10-0 at the break.

Glenwood responded well after the break, man of the match and centre Nkululeko Mcuma scoring a try early in the half. Corné Vermaak added the extra points to narrow the gap to 7-10. Paarl prop Thomas du Toit stretched the lead when barged over, only for Glenwood to come back when replacement lock Kevin du Randt went over for a converted try. PBHS then went for a try when awarded a penalty in front of the poles and this cost them the game, as Vermaak scored the winning penalty on the final whistle.

Boland Landbou 20 Noordkaap 16

Landbou enjoyed a 10-0 lead after a 48-metre penalty by Tian Nel and a try by Stefan de Klerk, converted by Nel. Noordkaap came back with two penalties from Dimitrio Tieties to trail 6-10 at the break. In the second half, the Boland side went further ahead when No. 8 Luan Bantjies dotted down. The try was converted by Nel, who kicked the first drop goal of the festival for a 20-6 lead. Noordkaap finished with a try and conversion by wing Hillford Clarke and a penalty.

Affies 17 Paul Roos 10

This was a game of two halves as Paul Roos led 10-0 at the break and Affies scored all the points in the second half. A try by flank Mitchell Casten, converted by Aiden Cupido, followed by a drop kick by Cupido, gave Paul Roos their points.

After the break Affies showed their worth with SA U18 centre Jurie Linde finishing off a great move. Ivan van Zyl added the extras and prop DP du Plessis scored their second try.

Van Zyl added the rest of the points with the boot.

Grey College 13 Monument 8

Heavy rain and cold conditions prevented the running rugby expected in this game. Grey proved they are a force as they stood up well to the heavier Monument pack.

At half time, it was 8-7 to Monument, who scored first with a drop goal by Ruan Conradie. Grey got over for the first try, scored by No. 8 Andries Kriek and converted by Stephen Rautenbach. A kick ahead got Monnas close to the Grey line and from the ruck flank Dillon Vlok dived over.

Two early second-half penalties by Rautenbach gave Grey the lead they held to the end.

Maritzburg College 16 Framesby 16

The final game of the festival was a back-and-forth tussle, and although the rain had stopped, the ground was still wet. Framesby scored first, Ernst Stapelberg dotting down for a converted try.

College scored through wing Lindo Ngcobo, followed soon after by centre Simon Culverwell. Both conversions were missed and College were 10-7 ahead at the break.

College maintained pressure in the second period, but Stapelberg, playing in his third Wildeklawer Festival, was accurate with his kicks. He soon levelled the scores and College responded when centre Marcel Coetzee slotted a penalty. Stapelberg and Coetzee continued to trade penalties, as both sides struggled to break the deadlock.

Two matches on the B field saw the Invitation team Hentie Cilliers losing 7-29 to HTS Drostdy and Outeniqua beating Grey HS 45-13.

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