KZN teams hold flag high

2012-05-01 00:00

THE end of April saw KZN rugby teams play in three provinces.

In Kimberley, the two KwaZulu-Natal teams invited to the Wildeklawer Rugby festival held the flag high and although they both lost, College and Glenwood gave their Western Cape opponents something to think about in their respective second halves.

Wildeklawer Rugby Festival

Maritzburg College 21 — 22 Paul Roos

Four tries to three probably indicate that the game was won by the better side, but not even the most ardent College supporter would have predicted a score this close.

If the three missed penalties in the first-half had succeeded, College could well have brought off a shock win.

At half-time, the Stellenbosch side led 15-0, after scoring three unconverted tries. When Paul Roos scored again and converted to go 22-0 in front with just 13 minutes remaining, it looked as if the writing was on the wall.

College then staged a remarkable comeback — a feature which has characterised many College sides in the past. Captain and eighth man Reagan Smith got the ball rolling when he scored from a pick and drive from amongst the forwards.

With some confidence back in the side, the next try went to wing Thato Molelekoa, who picked up a pass from his toes, rounded the defence and scored close to the poles. Both of these were converted by Jesse Kriel.

A line-out in the Paul Roos 22-metre area gave College another attacking chance. Flank Jacque Conradie drove from the back and he went over for Kriel to add the extra points. But time was nearly up and Paul Roos was the relieved side at the end.

Glenwood 25 — 35 Paarl Gym

Glenwood, so often the team to take an early lead, were strangely subdued and it was Paarl Gym that raced into the front.

Two converted tries and two penalties gave Gym a 20-3 lead at the break.

With Glenwood’s three points coming from the boot of Siyabonga Tom.

In the second period Glenwood also put in a major effort to score three tries to match the three scored by Paarl.

Playing more amongst the forwards, Glenwood started looking more menacing.

Prop Mathew Worral-Clare scored and eighth man Carel Swart scored twice. Tom converted both tries and added a penalty for Glenwood to have the better of the second half.

Other results: Maritzburg College 32 Duineveld 27; Glenwood 12 Outeniqua 27

GAUTENG-KZN RUGBY FESTIVAL

At the Gauteng-KZN rugby festival in Johannesburg, the five second-tier teams invited from KZN won two and lost three matches, but their losses were all close encounters.

Other scores: Kloof 17 Rand Park 22; DHS 11 KES 55; Hillcrest 3 Northcliff 14; George Campbell 40 Fourways 0; Pinetown 23 Krugersdorp 8; Durban North 15 Glenvista 24

KZN weekend rugby

Back home in KZN, Hilton this weekend made a strong claim to be considered with the best in the province, after their three matches against local schools. They have now beaten Westville and Kearsney and lost by a point against Glenwood.

Northwood 5 — 34 Westville

This match was played on Thursday evening ahead of the long weekend.

A strong breeze blew down the length of the field and Westville’s score of 24-0 showed that they had used it to good effect.

Northwood in the first half missed too many tackles and made handling errors. They came out a different team in the second half.

They used the wind effectively, handling skills were better, they were more committed in the tackle and they played to their strengths. It was a far more even contest in this half. Centre Thabo Thebese scored Northwood’s try, to two tries by Westville. These went to Reece McHardy, for the scrumhalf’s hat-trick in the game and centre Brad Ellse.

During the first half, strong-driving prop Nqoba Mxoli scored the first, followed by two tries by McHardy, who is nippy around the fringes.

The fourth try in the first half was by fullback Louis Snyman who charged down an attempted relieving kick and was rewarded with a try.

Two of these tries were converted, but the lack of a reliable kicker has been a weakness in the Westville side.

St Charles 9 — 35 Michaelhouse

St Charles started well, helped probably by the stop-start game which did not allow visitors Michaelhouse much continuity. At half-time Michaelhouse led 10-6 after two unconverted tries by loose forward Josh Moon and wing Bruce Arnott. St Charles strength lay with the forwards and it took Michaelhouse much of the first-half before they realised that if they swung the ball wide they would have a much better chance of scoring. If the home side had converted their penalties they could have been equal at the break.

The momentum gained in the second-half and using the ball better, enabled Michaelhouse to score a further three tries, two of which were converted by Michael Mvelase, to go with two penalties. Mvelase also scored a try, as did fullback Carel Swarts and Moon scored his second.

The home side showed more desire than they did last week, but Michaelhouse would have been disappointed with the final result as they have one of the better backlines in the province.

Other KZN schools results; Treverton 17 Weston 6.

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