Good rugby, magnificent tries and disappointing results

2008-04-28 00:00

There were moments of good rugby, several magnificent tries and some disappointments in Saturday’s schools rugby.

A number of spectacular tries came in the game at Balgowan where Michaelhouse beat Kearsney 58-39 in a high-scoring contest (reported as "Match of the day" in yesterday’s Witness).

Glenwood, meanwhile, are due to play their first match in Japan some time today and they play their second match tomorrow, with their third on Friday. They will be hoping to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday.

St Charles vs Hilton. Both teams wanted to run the ball at St Charles where Hilton won 27-3, but as a spectacle the match never really caught alight, leading to some frustration by the players, particularly at the tackle situation.

With the new laws relying on a referee’s interpretation, this is bound to happen at times.

At half-time, Hilton were leading

13-0, but the scores could have been quite different if either team had been successful with their kicks at goal. Hilton fluffed two conversions, one almost in front of the poles, and St Charles missed two penalties.

Hilton wing Andrew Schorn opened the scoring with a try after six minutes and then prop Tyler Bairstow barged over next to the poles. Garth Gerber was at last successful with a kick when he converted a penalty just before half-time to give the visitors their 13 points.

Centre William Hodgson scored after the resumption of play and this time Gerber converted, giving Hilton a 20-0 lead. St Charles’s Jaco Potgieter finally landed a penalty, but Craig Saunders, creating the overlap from fullback, scored Hilton’s fourth try and again Gerber was successful, leaving the final score 27-3.

Westville vs Parktown. Westville were full value for their 14-8 win, but the plucky visitors made them work hard for the victory.

Some big forwards made Parktown very physical in the tight phases and Westville made it difficult for themselves by kicking away too much of their hard-earned possession. At the break the score was 3-0 to Parktown.

Some clever work at a penalty close to the try line saw scrumhalf Dwayne Kelly crash over for the first try. It was converted by Bongi Kunene to put Westville into a 7-3 lead after about 40 minutes of play. A good solo effort was made by fullback JP Dahl when he ran close to 60 metres, evading several tackles and outstripping the cover defence to score under the crossbar. Kunene added the extra points to put the home side into a 14-3 lead.

Parktown did not give up and they were rewarded when their open-side flank scored an unconverted try for Westville to win 14-8, in a closely contested match.

Grey College vs Maritzburg College. Top teams exploit weakness in the opposition and big scores can result and so it proved in Bloemfontein as College went down heavily 72-7 to Grey College. While College battled hard, the size and pace of their opposition was too much.

There was no score for the first 10 minutes and then Grey put over two penalties to lead 6-0. Three tries were scored in the second quarter to give the home side a 27-0 lead at the break. College, lacking in confidence, missed several chances, but finally lock James Muller did manage to score for College and it was converted by Rob Scott to take the score to 34-7. A period of 10 minutes, when College was reduced to 14 men, was capitalised on by Grey, as they scored three tries in that time.

Two more tries came in the last 20 minutes as College kept working hard but they finally went down 7-72 to the talented Free Staters who made good use of their seven reserves in the second half.

Scores

Michaelhouse 58 Kearsney 39; St Charles 3 Hilton 27; Westville 14 Parktown 8; Grey College 72 Maritzburg College 7; George Campbell 38 St Henrys 8.

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