Hilton claim big win against St Charles

2010-03-15 00:00

THE schools rugby match on Gilfillan at Hilton started in ideal conditions, but as so often happens at Hilton in summer, it got quite dark by the end and conditions had become cooler for the players.

A relatively small crowd, many of whom expected a Hilton win, were still surprised at how easily victory came. At the break, Hilton led 24-0 and eventually won 38-0, scoring six tries without reply.

Hilton dominated the scrums, winning plenty of ball. And when St Charles did win ball, they squandered it with poor execution. Frequent handling errors occurred, which is normal for most first games of the season.

It was a lottery at the breakdown, as referee S. Zwane liberally handed out penalties, hampering the flow of the game. St Charles also struggled in the lineouts, as the hooker battled to find his jumpers. This didn’t help with their possession.

The second half was a little better, and there was some good running rugby. However, when Zwane blew the final whistle spectators and players alike were relieved as fatigue had set in, causing skill levels to drop.

As early as the fourth minute the writing was on the wall, as a line movement resulted in wing Tom Abendanon sprinting 25 m to score in the corner. Twelve minutes later, when St Charles had won scrum ball, the sluggish movement of the ball down the line resulted in centre Luke Purdon intercepting, and scoring under the posts.

Matthew Hopkins made sure of the extra two points for a 12-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Another two tries were scored before half time. The first went to prop Michael Tack after a clever shift of the ball in a forward rush from a free kick. The second was from a charge down by eighth man Guy Alexander, following an attempted relieving kick from the St Charles goal line. Hopkins converted the first of these for a 24-0 lead at half-time.

A kick into the box by scrumhalf Mark Landey resulted in a handling error by the St Charles defence. From the resulting scrum, Hilton was awarded a penalty close to the St Charles line. Quick thinker Alexander caught St Charles napping, as he scored his second soft try. Landey made the successful conversion.

A short while later, SA U-18 wing Emile Schwarz scored the last try. Landey landed the conversion for Hilton’s 38 points.

Other results: Maritzburg College 36 DHS 20, Westville 38 Kearsney 7; Glenwood 72 Voortrekker 5; Howick 28 Durban Academy 3; Alexandra 17 Grosvenor 10; Greytown 19 Werda 17.

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