Kearsney edge Glenwood in impressive start to rugby season

2013-03-19 00:00

IT was a good start to the rugby season with some close results. The highlight was Kearsney’s one-point win against Glenwood.

Michaelhouse 38 Northwood 11

Although this was their first outing in comparison to a seasoned Northwood, it was the home side that scored the first points after two minutes.

In a 40 metre move down the left flank, centre Barrie Forrester-Smith made the initial break before passing inside to fullback Nick Glassock, who dotted down.

A conversion by Michael Bouwer gave the hosts an early lead.

Northwood opened their account five minutes later with a penalty by Sasasa Makhanya, only for Michaelhouse to surge back with a try after some good work by the forwards.

Lock Chris Schoeman barging over and Bouwer converting.

Northwood won a rare lineout and hooker Trevor Mkwamba scored from the driving maul.

Northwood’s cover defence was caught napping when Bouwer had an almost free run down the touchline to dive over in the corner. He produced another pinpoint kick to put Michaelhouse 21-8 ahead. Makhanya added three points before the break.

Forrester-Smith kicked a 50- metre penalty early in the half to increase the lead to 24-11.

With Northwood’s forwards tiring, wing Rob Lee used his pace down the touchline, breaking a few tackles and the cover to score. Bouwer added the extras.

Conditions became slippery in the rain and handling mistakes prevented more Michaelhouse tries.

The final try was scored after good movement between backs and forwards, captain and flank Cian Grendon on hand to touch down and Bouwer converting for a final 38-11 win.

Kearsney 26 Glenwood 25

This was an excellent game of rugby between two committed teams.

They scored three tries each, and although Glenwood were the more physical side, Kearsney used their talents to better effect and deserved the win, despite being without the Du Preez twins.

Glenwood’s main weakness was at the kick-offs and on four occasions, Kearsney brought about turnovers, resulting in points being scored each time. Kearsney prop Mthunzi Moloi scored after less than two minutes, with Tristan Tedder adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Tedder added a penalty before Kyle Gerhard replied for Glenwood.

Prior to the drinks break, Glenwood prop Kobus Tredoux ran 20 metres to score a five-pointer, converted by Gerhard, to draw level.

Tedder landed his second penalty before the break for the home side to lead 13-10.

Kearsney scored again in the first two minutes, with hooker Jordan Meaker crashing over after a lineout.

Glenwood’s left wing, Sphamandla Ngcobo, ran the length of the field to score and with another conversion by Gerhard, Kearsney’s lead was 18-17.

The score moved to 21-17 with another Tedder penalty.

Glenwood pressed hard and were rewarded when hooker Kieran van Vuuren scored in the corner. This saw Glenwood lead for the first time.

Glenwood went further ahead with another Gerhard penalty, and with four minutes remaining, Kearsney kept ball in hand from the kick-off, stretched the Glenwood defence and wing Alex Albertse scored the winning try in the corner.

The conversion was unsuccessful, but it mattered little, Kearsney winning by a point.

Maritzburg College 39 George Campbell 10

This was the first game between these schools’ first XVs, and while it was a physical contest, College’s dominance was evident. They scored seven tries to one.

A red card with about 10 minutes remaining did not help the Durban side’s cause, but ironically, it was a try from a kick ahead with 14 players that gave Campbell their lone try, thanks to fullback Willie Spies, who scored all Campbell’s points.

At half time, College led 17-3.

First-half tries were scored by fullback Kelvin Elder, wing BJ Ngwenya and captain and lock Seko Buthelezi. Centre Marcel Coetzee was successful with one conversion.

Coetzee scored the first try in the second half, but missed the conversion. Prop N. Gumede scored a brace of tries before scrumhalf Lukas Booysen got in for the final one, Coetzee converting.

Westville 20 Hilton 10

This was a tight encounter, with Hilton playing their first competitive game against the better prepared Westville.

There were not many open free-flowing moves, both teams being better in defence than on attack, where a number of mistakes occurred.

Both Westville’s tries came from Hilton’s mistakes.

At half-time, Westville led 13-10 after a converted try by centre Juan Anderson from a charge-down and two penalties and a conversion by Louis Snyman. Hilton’s points came from a converted try by Tristan Blewitt converted by Cameron Wright, who also kicked a penalty.

Both sides had chances in the second half, but near the end Hilton made the mistake of letting the ball bounce from a kick, allowing Westville flyhalf Matt Larkins to score the winning try.

Voortrekker Rugby Day

Rugby at the Voortrekker sports day was a success. Eight matches were played on the main field, the last three attracting the most support.

Ladysmith beat Empangeni 27-7 and the main curtain raiser was between Greytown and Sarel Cilliers, the latter winning 38-10.

The final game was a hard-fought match between Richardsbaai and Voortrekker. At half-time they were locked at seven apiece, but two penalties in the second half gave Richardsbaai a 13-7 win.

OTHER SCORES:

DHS 28 Port Natal 25; St Davids 7 St Charles 6; Dundee 16 KZN Dev 14; Treverton 7 Grantleigh 9; Clifton 15 Port Shepstone 8; Weston 17 Kuswag 7; Kokstad 34 Durban NC 6; Wartburg 5 Durban Academy 3; Pionier 28 Tuine 10; Kingsway 18 Ixopo 14; M College III 62 Linpark 7; M College IV 34 Carter 0; M College VI 29 Alexandra 17; DHS II 18 Pinetown 5.

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