Kearsney rugby tournament off to a great start

2013-03-29 00:00

THE sixth annual Kearsney Festival, undoubtedly the top schools’ rugby tournament in the country, kicked off with hosts Kearsney playing Framesby from Port Elizabeth, on Thursday.

The weather was ideal, the rugby during the day had plenty of excitement and fast running, with plenty to please the crowd. As the games progressed, the tries started coming in.

Kearsney 25 Framesby 8

The first game saw the home side dominating for long periods of the first half. Kearsney were intent on running the ball and this they did well. The ball was often spread from touch line to touch line as the forwards won the greater percentage of the scrums and lineouts.

The first points in the game came from just such a move where Joshua Attenborough made the initial running before passing to fullback Chris Lines and his pace enabled him to beat the defence on the outside before passing inside to centre Langa Hlongwane, who beat a tackle before dotting down from 10 metres out. Tristan Tedder added the extra points and two penalties for a 13-0 lead.

Just before half time, Ayron Schramm barged over and this time the conversion went wide but Kearsney had a comfortable and deserved half time 18-0 lead.

Framesby kicked a penalty by Ernst Stapelberg and then they scored their first try when fullback Divo Welgemoed added the extra man in a move, with a try scored in the corner. Kearsney had lost some of their first half dominance but they came back when lock Mitch du Toit picked up a loose ball and scrambled over the line. The conversion by Jordan Gregory went between the posts for the final 25-8 satisfying win by Kearsney.

Glenwood 10 Paul Roos 15

Glenwood had the better of the first quarter, but the longer the game ran, the stronger Paul Roos became and Glenwood only occasionally got out of their half. On these few occasions they did come close to scoring but Paul Roos defences held. It was a good spectator spectacle as both sides attempted to move the ball.

Glenwood scored the first points when Kyle Gerhard slotted a penalty. They pressed hard, creating opportunities and from a ruck close to the left touchline Glenwood moved the ball to lock Seth van den Heever who created a ruck in midfield. The ball came back rapidly and moved to the right. Flank Mzwandile Mazibuko was on the right flank and he slipped down the line, evading attempted tackles to score midway between the posts and touch. Gerhard was successful with the conversion, giving Glenwood a 10-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Paul Roos looked more composed and got over for two tries, the first from scrumhalf Herschell Jantjies and the second by flyhalf Muller Brink, to leave the sides 10-10 at halftime.

In the second half, Paul Roos dominated in both possession and territory, as some of the Glenwood forwards appeared to tire. Fullback Chris Smit created a gap and then passed inside to Jantjies who popped the ball to centre Tristan Cramer who dived over. None of the three tries were converted, which gave Paul Roos the 15-10 win.

Westville 7 Paarl Gym 46

The final game of the first day saw a brave Westville display against a talented Paarl Gym. During the first half, Paarl scored three tries but Westville spent most of the time in the Paarl half. In contrast, each time Gym got close to the Westville red zone, they scored.

Wing Dylon Fairbridge was first over the line, scoring in the corner. The second try was scored by flank Gareth Cilliers, when Westville missed a number of tackles and this time it was converted by Wyatt Murphy. Brendan Nell scored the third try, again converted by Murphy for a 22-0 half-time lead.

Paarl Gym raised their game in the second half and spent most of the game in the Westville half, scoring four tries. Prop DJ Naicker, centre Walter Smit, centre Ryan Oosthuizen and Fairbridge for his second try all scored, with Murphy converting two of these. In a last ditch effort, Westville’s scrumhalf Reece McHardy sniped through converted by Louis Snyman for seven points.

OTHER RESULTS

Selborne Nico Malan: Grey College 50 Boland Landbou 13;

Outeniqua 57 EG Jansen 34.

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