‘If only’: College will rue their one-point defeat to Pretoria Boys’ High

2012-08-02 00:00

MARITZBURG College and Glenwood both travelled to Pretoria for their rugby matches on Saturday.

It was arguably an easier task for College, as Glenwood were up against Affies — SA’s second-ranked school. However Affies were without the six players that were playing in the SA U18 trials.

College played Pretoria Boys’ High School (PBHS), who were without their star player, Jesse Kriel, who was also at the trials.

Pretoria BHS 26 Maritzburg College 25

This was a return game after College had won the first match at College by one point. The return game was a painful experience as they lost this one by one point. This is not the first game that they have lost by a close margin, but this time it was not because of a missed kick.

In fact, mistakes at crucial times had led to PBHS being well in control and they had built up a lead of 23-11 after being 13-11 ahead at the break.

College dug deep and nearly repeated their first win by coming back late in the second half. Flank Cameron Christie scored a brace of tries, both converted by Marcel Coetzee.

Unfortunately for College, Boys’ High had converted a penalty between the two tries and this gave them 26 points.

In the first half, poor handling gave PBHS a number of turnovers and they used their possession to good effect to score points.

Nicholas Muller scored College’s first try, and with Coetzee, who kicked two penalties, the pair kept College in touch.

Boys’ High dominated early in the second half with several phases that should have been prevented by College, but the Maritzburg boys rallied and Christie’s two-try burst nearly gave them a win.

Probably the result went the right way as PBHS had controlled much of the game and it was only in the last quarter that College showed what they can do. They will reflect on this game — as indeed they can on the season — and say “if only.

Affies 28 Glenwood 10

Affies, even without their six top players, were able to keep the ball away from Glenwood for long periods. When Glenwood did have the ball in hand they were dangerous. The tight phases were keenly contested, but the Affies players were able to make a number of turnovers.

Affies made their dominance in possession count as they turned it into points, but Glenwood struggled to score.

Two tries in the first 15 minutes meant Glenwood had to play catch-up. They did not handle the ball enough to dot it down, and were down 3-20 at half time, after Warren Potgieter had converted a penalty.

The second half was better, but Affies had a comfortable lead that was never threatened. The second half saw a try apiece. The Glenwood try was scored by wing Nkululeko Marwana and converted by Potgieter.

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