Maritzburg college out-thought and outplayed as tactics fail against kearsney

2011-05-16 00:00

OUT-THOUGHT, outplayed — that was the sorry saga of the Maritzburg College 12-30 loss against Kearsney on Stott field on Saturday afternoon.

This was expected to be one of the local clashes of the season, but it was the College tactics that helped the home side dominate in try-scoring ability.

Kearsney scored four tries to the four penalties converted by College.

There were plenty of commitment and some huge tackles made by both sides, with bodies being put on the line. Kearsney made fewer unforced errors, College made more.

Three crucial errors resulted in tries by Kearsney, which cost College dearly.

College were not helped by losing their loosehead prop in the first minute of the game, and the heavy strapping that was visible suggest that he had come into the game with an injury.

Captain Stefan Ungerer was also helped from the field after a possible concussion and College appeared rudderless for the remaining quarter of the match.

In this period Kearsney scored two tries, with College pressing on the Kearsney line for about five minutes but unable to score.

It was not all gloom for College as their lineouts improved from the previous games, winning most of their own ball, with both teams stealing two from their opponents. College out-scrummed Kearsney, but it was the Kearsney defence who were superb, helped by some predictable play by the College centres in particular.

Kearsney also dominated at the tackle where the loose forward trio of Declan Ahern, Jean-Luc du Preez and captain Cullen Collopy brought about a number of turn- overs.

College often tried to run out of their red zone with Kearsney using the effective boot of flyhalf Rober du Preez to get out of trouble. With Kearsney defence rampant, College were often forced to play behind the advantage line and seldom put boot to ball to go forward.

The speedy College wings had to feed on scraps rather than getting ball passed down the line to them. When College did try to move it wide, it came from slow ball and the Kearsney defence were in position.

At the half-time break Kearsney had scored two unconverted tries and two penalties to two College penalties to lead 16-6.

Lock Chad Myburgh scored the first from a ruck and the second went to flank Du Preez following a maul from a lineout. James Lambert converted the two penalties for Kearsney and Matthew Phillips did so for College.

The second half saw two Phillips penalties for College to close the gap to 12-16, but with Ungerer off the field, Kearsney got over for two further tries, both converted by Lambert.

The first went to centre Sandile Kubeka and the second, in the last move of the game, to prop Mathew Jones.

Available scores:

DHS 37, Michaelhouse 22

Westville 37, Hilton 0

St Charles 22, Clifton 13

Wartburg 11, Howick 6

Glenwood II, 34 Voortrekker 10

Greytown 26, Carter 6

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