KZN Schools’ rugby season ends with victory for Grey

2011-08-16 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal schools’ rugby season ended on Saturday, with Glenwood playing their last match away against Grey College. The other schoolboy match in Durban was the South ­African Academy side playing the ­national French U19 team.

Grey College 28 Glenwood 6

A trip to Bloemfontein to play Grey College is never easy, but Glenwood used their strengths in the first half to share the spoils, going into half-time with six points each.

The tactic of keeping Grey in their own half, by kicking into the corners, eliminating mistakes with the ball and first–time tackling, certainly prevented the explosive running of Grey.

It was Dean Moolman who led the ­defence with some devastating but ­legitimate tackles, which led to three Grey players needing first-aid attention. According to coach Sean Erasmus, Moolman must have put in at least 30 tackles in the game.

Ten minutes into the second half, a wild Glenwood pass-on attack was spilled and Jan Serfontein, the SA Schools centre, was quick to react and use his pace to score the first try of the game. Grey scored a second try again as a result of a Glenwood mistake, where they overran a long pass.

The last try of the game did come from some brilliant play by the home side. They certainly were the better team, but Glenwood was not overawed and gave Grey one of their tougher games of the season.

SA Academy XV 24 France U19 36

The South African Academy XV played a curtain-raiser to the Tri ­Nations Test at Kings Park on Saturday against France U19. The visitors were too strong for the South African Academy team, and beat them 36-24.

The Academy side is not South Africa’s B team, as it was chosen from players who were not first choice for their Craven Week teams, but played at the Academy Week.

The French were bigger and better organised, although their handling at times and their line-out work let them down badly. At the scrums they dominated, and they were quicker to the breakdowns. They were also able to break through after some weak tackling by the Academy players.

The South Africans only got together on Tuesday, whereas the French had been at a training camp after their ­arrival in South Africa. Next Saturday, France play against the South African U19 team.

France attacked from the start, and after just seven minutes had scored. However, the Academy’s first entry to the French 22-metre area resulted in a try after a mistake by the French at a defensive lineout. Flank and captain Willie Newman (Monument-Golden ­Lions) drove strongly, passing in the tackle, and centre John Kotze (Bishops-Western Province) beat a number of ­defenders to score. Wing Gideon ­Meiring (Monument) converted to draw level at 7-7.

Another scrum lost, and France scored again to go 14-7 in front. Meiring converted a penalty to make it 10-14. Two more tries before the break saw France leading 26-10 at half-time.

Several changes at half-time led to a better second half by the South Africans, but only after France had scored a try with an advancing maul following the kickoff. Twenty minutes later good passing down the line saw Meiring kick ahead and centre Edwin Sass (Tygerberg-WP) won the race to the touch down. Meiring again converted to cut the deficit to 17-31.

With some good interpassing among the Academy players, Kotze went over for his second try, again converted by Meiring. France scored the final try, after a South African handling mistake, to win the game 36-24, but they were clearly better than the 12-point ­margin.

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