Fixtures widely cancelled

2013-04-23 00:00

WITH the cold front bringing heavy rain on Friday and continuing on Saturday morning, all scheduled rugby was affected in some way.

Some schools were able to play all their fixtures by rescheduling grounds and times, others played some games and cancelled others, and some schools cancelled all rugby.

Maritzburg College were one of the latter, as they are hosting the Wilde-klawer Festival in two weeks, and do not want their field to be in a mess for the eight matches that will take place on Goldstones on each day.

Opponents DHS have missed out on four maches that should have been played on Goldstones this season.

Kearsney also cancelled all the games against George Campbell and Clifton. St Charles cancelled all matches on Saturday against Voortrekker, but these will be played today and Wednesday, with the first teams playing this afternoon.

Michaelhouse 5 Glenwood 36

With the wet conditions and evenly matched packs of forwards this was expected to be a close game.

Glenwood were superior in their speed to the loose ball and then effectively using it in the backline where they were clinical, despite the wet ball.

Glenwood scored five tries to one by the home side and they were particularly good on countering from mistakes made by Michaelhouse. Three of Glenwood’s tries came from the host’s mistakes, two with Michaelhouse on attack close to the goal line.

The first half was tightly contested and Glenwood led 15-5 at the break.

The fisrt try was scored by lock Seth van den Heever after a forward drive.

It was well converted by Corné Vermaak. The exchanges were fairly even until Glenwood’s hard-working flank Mzwandile Mazibuko was first to a loose ball and he dived over for a five-pointer.

Michaelhouse struck back when flank Cian Grendon got over for what would be the only try scored by the home side. Just before the break, Vermaak stretched the lead to 10 points with a penalty.

In the second half, Michaelhouse had their fair share of territory and possession, but the Glenwood defence was good and then it was mistakes by Michaelhouse that led to two of the tries against them.

When the Glenwood backline moved the ball they did it with good support and good hands. Wing Vermaak scored and converted from the corner to make it 22-5.

This increased their confidence and the final two tries came from deep in their own half, both converted by Vermaak who ended with 16 personal points. Mazibuko got over with his second try with great supporting play and then wing Sparks Ngcobo scored in the corner for their convincing 29-point winning margin.

Westville 22 Pretoria BHS 17

This was played on the Commons field as the main Bowden’s ground was unplayable. There were still pools of water evident on the muddy field but it allowed some rugby.

Westville arguably played one of their best games to date and their lighter forwards stood up to the large Pretoria Boys’ High forwards.

When Westville did get into the PBHS red zone they made it count, whereas the Westville defence did well to prevent more than the two tries scored by the visitors.

Westville scored two early tries to put them 12-0 in front. The first was by prop Mzamo Majola and the second by centre Brad Ellse. Louis Snyman converted the first try and then added a penalty to put the home side 15-0 up.

Pretoria were fairly one dimensional in their attacking moves using their forwards to bash it up, but when they went through the phases, they were difficult to counter.

The first try came from this type of possession. It was converted and Westville led 15-7 at half time.

The Pretoria lads started the second half as they had finished the first, and again scored a goal and then a penalty, to come within one point of Westville. This led to much tactical kicking, with both sides trying to play in the opposition half.

Then came the deciding moment when Westville turned the ball over from a Boys’ High attacking move.

The ball was kicked down into the visitors half, where it was fielded and kicked back down the centre of the field. Fullback Snyman caught the ball on the run and he sliced through attempted tackles before offloading to centre Jason Wilks, who dived over giving Snyman a relatively easy conversion and the 22-17 win.

Despite the trying conditions the game was played in an excellent spirit and many good comments were made by Westville parents who had hosted the visiting boys. It was very hard on most of the visiting players as only the A sides and first and second played because of the conditions.

Hilton 24 Northwood 14

By the time the first teams got onto Gilfillan field, it was a mud-bath after a number of matches held earlier.

Hilton played the better structured game and this helped them to the win despite facing a pack with some large forwards. It was difficult with many of the scrums collapsing as players found it hard to prevent slipping.

At the break, Hilton led 10-6 after a try by flank Rob Baldwin converted by Cameron Wright, who also added a penalty. For the visitors Sassa Makhanya kicked two penalties.

Fullback Mark Gunn got over for Hilton’s second try again converted by Wright before Makhanya added the third Northwood penalty.

Centre Jaeger Richmond showed some good thought in evading the Northwood defence to score Hilton’s third try again converted by Wright.

Northwood did not give up, scoring a consolation try by the driving forwards just before the final whistle.

Other results: Hillcrest 41 Crawford NC 8; Northwood 15 St Benedicts 11 (played midweek)

• Apologies to Clifton for the incorrect result on last week’s school sport page documenting their result against home side Port Natal.

The score was Clifton 5-21 Port Natal and not 5-41 as was published.

The error is regretted.

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