Monument, Grey clash has spectators riveted

2011-04-23 00:00

A BRIGHT and sunny start to the Blythedale Coastal Resorts Kearsney Festival finished in cold and gloomy conditions. The rugby, however, was great and matches throughout played in a good spirit. The last match kept spectators glued to their seats, despite a nippy wind and slight drizzle towards the end.

Grey College shaded Monument 18-14 in a game where rugby was the winner. It was played at a high intensity assisted by great refereeing from World Cup-appointed Craig Joubert, who allowed the game to flow.

The heavy Monnas forwards ensured they had greater possession in the match, but Grey always looked dangerous when they won the ball.

It was two tries apiece, one in each half, but Grey converted two penalties for the win.

They led 10-7 at the break after centre Jan Serfontein dotted down following nifty footwork to evade the defence. He scored Grey’s second try when fullback Wian Lombaard had joined the line from deep, timing an excellent pass to Serfontein.

In the first half Monument’s try came when an attempted chip by a Grey player over the approaching Monument backs was fielded by centre Shaun Conradie, who had just enough pace to get over in the corner.

After a number of passes taking play across the field, centre Burger Odendaal scored the second try.

Hosts Kearsney enjoyed a fast-running game to destroy Nico Malan from Uitenhage 42-12. It took 20 minutes before Kearsney scored their first try and thereafter another two in the next eight minutes to lead 21-0 at half time.

Three more tries were scored in the second half, all converted by James Lambert.

First half tries were scored by wing Julian Bowman, prop Matthew Jones and scrumhalf Matthew Reece-Edwards.

The second half tries went to fullback Brett Walsh, flyhalf Robert du Preez, one of three brothers playing for Kearsney and wing Isolethu Ngidi.

Glenwood defeated Christ’s College from New Zealand 20-0. The visitors have improved from game to game after losing to DHS and then Maritzburg College.

Their general defence prevented Glenwood from running away with the game after two first half tries had been scored by hooker Jacques Taylor and lock Ferdi Horn. Following a penalty, Glenwood were 15-0 in front at half time.

In the second half Glenwood was pressurised into making numerous mistakes and only one further try was scored by Heino Beneke, the replacement scrum half.

KZN schools at other festivals did not fare too well. At the St Stithians Festival Northwood went down 12-13 against the hosts. Westville also lost 12-13 at the KES Festival against St Andrews from Grahamstown. DHS lost 3-41 against KES and at the Krugersdorp Festival, St Charles went down 3-38 against Noordheuwel from Krugersdorp.

Day 1 Results: Kearsney Festival

Selborne 3 Helpmekaar 0; Dale 22 Marais Viljoen 16; Kearsney 42 Nico Malan 12; KZN Dev u13 44 Penzance 5; Glenwood 20 Christ’s College 0; Paarl Gym 38 EG Jansen 3; Grey College 18 Monument 14

Fixtures today: 08:30 Glenwood vs. Nico Malan; 09:45 EG Jansen vs. Christ’s College; 11:00 Grey College vs. Helpmekaar; 12:15 KZN Dev vs. Highbury Prep; 13:15 Selborne vs. Marais Viljoen; 14:30 Kearsney vs. Dale

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