KZN teams redeem on final day of Grey Festival

2011-04-08 00:00

IT was a much better display by the KZN teams on the final day of the Grey High festival in Port Elizabeth. The second day had seen all the KZN teams, bar Kearsney, losing.

Kearsney was disappointed that they had not played one of the better teams as they had three relatively easy games. On the second day they scored five tries, beating Itembilihle 33-0 and finished with a 36-0 win against Graeme where six tries were scored.

With three Du Preez brothers in the team, it will be seldom that not one of the brothers does not get on the scoreboard. Both Robert and Daniel scored on Monday and on Wednesday Jean-Luc scored a brace. Lock Chad Myburgh scored a try in each game and captain and wing James Lambert scored three tries in the two matches. Dayne Kennedy scored against Itembilihle and Declan Ahern against Graeme.

The much-anticipated meeting between Bishops and Maritzburg College on the second day did not disappoint the crowd as both teams scored three tries, but superior kicking by Bishops gave them a 22-17 win. Daniel Kriel scored a brace and Lwazi Sithole the other.

On the last day College played the physical Jeppe side. A much better display, particularly on defence, saw College score five tries with one against. They led 12-7 after a tight first half, where flank Penwill Shezi and scrumhalf Stephan Ungerer had gone over with Ungerer converting his try. In the second half, Sithole, Daniel and Calvin Olley dotted down with Ungerer converting two of them for a 31-7 victory.

Although Queens won their game 19-10 against Westville, the KZN side outscored them by two tries to one. Queens, on the day made fewer mistakes and was the better side. At half-time Queens held a narrow 6-5 lead after Keegan Boull had scored the first try. Queens made better use of their opportunities and they scored a try followed by another two penalties.

Dylan Aylward scored the second Westville try, but it was not enough as they went down to a good Queens side. Westville scored another five tries in beating a Pretoria Boys’ side 29-17. The tries were scored by Tyler Fisher, Boulle, Dylan Marcus and Matthew Jackson. Gareth van Heerden converted one with Marcus converting another. PBHS scored three tries.

Dale, with some mercurial backs, scored three converted tries in the first half to lead DHS 21-3. The second half was better for DHS and with better use of their possession, scored two tries by Brendon Cope and Le Roux van Zyl in going down 15-27. DHS won their first game against HTS Louis Botha on Wednesday after being down 6-14 at the break. Xolani Falakhe slotted four penalties, but they still trailed 12-21 after Louis Botha had scored three converted tries and appeared to have the game in the bag. Mbembe Payi and Cope scored two late tries, both converted, to win 26-21.

Hilton was down 7-19 at the break against Selborne with the heavy pack winning plenty of ball. Centre Thomas Hattingh scored the Hilton try. Two further tries to Selborne, one converted, put them in a 31-7 lead. Hilton did not lie down and finished the game with a try, thus losing 17-31. In their last game and the final game at the festival, they showed fighting spirit, scoring the last two tries of the match, after hosts Grey had scored five tries and taken a commanding 39-3 lead. Farai Musasika and Tristan Spanier-Marson scored, with one being converted by Hattingh, for Hilton to lose 15-39.

Michaelhouse was outplayed by KES, giving away nine tries, of which eight were converted, for a 3-61 loss after being 3-26 at half-time.

The Balgowan side led 7-3 at half-time against Daniel Pienaar, after a converted try by centre Joshua Moon. The lead was stretched to 12-3 when David Brill scored early in the second half. After a penalty and two converted tries, Daniel Pienaar had turned the game around as they led 20-12. Michaelhouse came back to score when Michael Mvelase went over and although they pressed hard, in the final stages Daniel Pienaar held on for a 20-19 win.

Scores on Day 2: Louis Botha 30 Nico Malan 5; Graeme 7 Parktown 5; Kearsney 33 Itembilihle 0; KES 61 Michaelhouse 3; Dale 27 DHS 15; Queens 19 Westville 10; Selborne 31 Hilton 17; Bishops 22 M College 17; PBHS 20 Daniel Pienaar 19; Grey HS 19 Jeppe 10

Scores on Day 3: DHS 26 Louis Botha 21; Kearsney 36 Graeme 0; Maritzburg College 31 Jeppe 7; Daniel Pienaar 20 Michaelhouse 19; Westville 29 Pretoria BHS 17; Grey HS 39 Hilton 15

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