Kearsney kicks off rugby season in top form

2012-03-13 00:00

THE three major rugby games this past Saturday, the first of the season, had some contrasting results from an easy win to a very tight game. It was ex­pected that Kearsney would win against Northwood, but not by the margin that it did, and it was expected that the game between Westville and Glenwood would be tight.

 

Westville 13 Glenwood 9

This was a fine game of rugby, in front of a packed crowd around Bowden’s at Westville, and was played in an excellent spirit, despite the closeness of the encounters.

Glenwood, with their two home-grown Craven Week players in the front row, were expected to dominate the scrums, and this they did. However, the ­Westville players, many of them new to such pressure, did not let Glenwood get the better of them, and pressure from the loose forwards in particular caused errors in the Glenwood pattern.

Glenwood started well, and dom­inated play in the first 10 minutes. They went up 6-0, with two penalties by ­flyhalf Warren Potgieter. Louis Snyman narrowed the gap, with a penalty for the home side. Potgieter again ­increased it to six points nearing the end of the half. A Glenwood mistake in not finding touch was countered when Westville swept upfield with flanker Andre de la Rey scoring the only try of the game. Snyman converted from close to the touchline, which gave Westville a 10-9 lead at the break.

The second half was characterised by cut and thrust from both teams. Westville won the lineout dual, while Glenwood won a number of tightheads, but the tackling of the Westville boys did not allow Glenwood any advantage. The only point in the second half was from a long-range penalty off the boot of Brad Ellse, to give Westville a slight cushion. Glenwood picked up their game in the final minutes, and threw everything they had at Westville. The home side stood firm and did not allow Glenwood across the line, although they came desperately close.

 

Kearsney 48 Northwood 6

Tristan Tedder put the hosts into an early 3-0 lead with a penalty, although Northwood kept them at bay for the first 20 minutes. Kearsney dominated most phases of play, but Northwood defended resolutely. With 15 minutes of the first half remaining, Northwood were tired and Kearsney went in for three tries, two converted by Tedder. Flank Jean-Luc du Preez scored the first from a lineout drive.

Lock Ayron Schramm made the running, offloading to Tyler Smith when he was tackled, who scored the second. The third came after a good counter attack by fullback Jamie de Bruin, ending off with hooker Biaggio Pelliccia diving over. This left Kearsney 22-3 in front at half-time.

Early in the second half, De Bruin scored in the corner. Northwood struggled to get out of their half, with Kearsney completely in charge. A quick tap penalty close to the line resulted in centre Sandile Kubeka scoring under the poles.

Northwood scored their second penalty from a long way out before Kearsney scored their sixth try, again with good interplay between backs and forwards, when wing Isolethu Ngidi scored in the corner. The last try came after a good phase ball when Smith scored his second one, resulting in Kearsney winning 48-6.

 

Port Natal 22 DHS 34

Four tries were scored by Durban Boys High School, two in each half. The halftime lead was 20-0, as it started with two penalties by flyhalf Le Roux van Zyl. He also scored the first try and then the second came from Pedro Migual, both converted by Van Zyl.

Port Natal came back well in the ­second half, with better tackling and handling by their swift backline. They scored a try and five penalties for their 22 points.

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