Mixed fortunes from local schools, good scores from other KZN schools

2011-05-10 00:00

THE top four matches on Saturday were all close with no more than eight points being the winning margin in those games.

The match preview between Hilton and Michaelhouse, which is printed separately, is the “Match of the Day” and was held until today due to the lack of space in yesterday’s sports pages in The Witness.

 

Kearsney vs Glenwood

This was a tough match with mistakes by both teams probably caused by the enormous pressure exerted by the opposite team. If Kearsney had converted the other goalable penalties they would probably have won, but it was Glenwood that outscored them three tries to one to win the game 20-16. The game was stop-start with few flowing movements as a penalty or free kick was awarded on average every two minutes, in the game.

Despite having the territorial advantage, Kearsney were not able to cross the Glenwood try-line in the first half and they had to be content with three penalties by James Lambert.

Glenwood flank Jacques Meintjies, after some good phase play, scored the only try of the first half. Siyabonga Tom converted the try and added a penalty for Glenwood to lead 10-9 at the break.

Possession in the second half was more evenly spread and it was the energetic Glenwood hooker, Jacques Taylor, who scored two tries, neither converted, to give them their 20 points. Flank Jean-Luc du Preez scored the Kearsney try from a ruck following a line-out, converted by Lambert for their 16 points.

The game was probably even closer­ than the score suggests, but it was Glenwood that made better use of their opportunities, whereas the home side had made crucial mistakes on attack, particularly in the first half.

Maritzburg College vs King Edward VII School

King Edward VII School dominated this game with a well-drilled pack of forwards and some pacy backline players. Kes had about 75% possession over the whole match, so College, with a disrupted backline, did well to keep the Kes win to just eight points after being down 8-20 at the break.

Kes were particularly adept at gaining quick second-phase possession from which the backs attacked. It did not help College that they lost eight of their own line-outs resulting in being kept under continuous pressure. The second half was better, but each time College added to their points Kes replied almost immediately.

With the pressure of trying to win ball, College did not show the necessary patience with ball in hand and often lost it. They then had to be content with picking up the scraps.

Jesse Kriel converted a penalty and wing Rick Bamber scored the College try in the first half. However, Kes had scored 15 points in the first 12 minutes from which College never­ recovered.

Daniel Kriel scored the second College try, converted by his twin brother, following another Kes try to make the score 13-25. After some sustained pressure by College, perhaps their best period in the game, Stefan Ungerer went over and he converted his try to bring College to 20-25, but Kes then put over a penalty for their 28-20 deserved win.

 

Durban high school vs Westville

This was a game where Westville was expected to run out easy winners. The score of 10-6 does not give a true reflection of the match as Westville were in command throughout, but perhaps complacency caused them to make many handling mistakes.

At the break Durban High School led 6-3 after two penalties by Mbembi­ Payi to one for Westville by Dylan Marcus.

Without the correct mind-set, Westville continued to make mistakes which helped DHS in their defence. Finally it did break when flyhalf Patrick Lourens broke through a gap to score. Marcus converted and Westville won 10-6.

 

Howick vs Pongola

The Pongola boys were happy that they could go home with a 17-7 win after a six-hour bus trip to Howick on Friday.

Howick played a match that they would prefer to forget as they did most of the running and had the better of possession. Pongola was better at going forward when they did have ball in hand.

Howick were the first to score when wing Brian Majiba had a good run down the touchline to score. Jarryd Potgieter converted for the 7-0 lead. Late in the half Pongola scored an unconverted try for the sides to go into the break with Howick deservedly leading 7-5.

Pongola scored two further tries, one against the run of play. Pongola’s defence probably strengthened as they took the lead and Howick were prevented from adding to their score.

 

St Davids vs St Charles

Played in Johannesburg, St Charles did well to stand up to the bigger pack of forwards against them to win 20-13. St Charles defence was excellent against the heavier team and it was two tries to one in their win.

Vincent Potgieter and Burton Weakley each dotted down and Weakley added two penalties in addition to converting both tries.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

(home side first):

Hilton 18 Michaelhouse 14; Kearsney 16 Glenwood 20; Martizburg College 20 Kes 28; DHS 6 Westville 10; Howick 7 Pongola 17; St Davids 13 St Charles 20; Northwood 58 Empangeni 8; Carter 14 Linpark 10; Treverton 3 Wartburg 9; Weston 19 Clifton 31; Northwood II 13 Richardsbaai 20; Hillcrest 22 St Henrys 5; Kingsway 5 Durban Academy 10.

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