Rugby: Kearsney just beat College

2009-06-23 00:00

THE talk of the weekend was probably the margin of the victory that Michaelhouse achieved against Hilton on Saturday and the narrow victory that Kearsney gained against Maritzburg College. The match at Hilton was reported in yesterday’s Witness.

Kearsney vs Maritzburg College

Matches that take place after Craven Week sides have been announced often produce results not true to form. When College ran onto the field knowing that they had nine players in the KZN U18 teams, to the two from Kearsney, they probably thought that this was going to be an easy game.

Kearsney were soon on the scoreboard as they ran in two tries in quick succession. The first to wing K. G. Segole and then to eighth man Gareth Reece–Edwards. From then on it was catch-up rugby and although College did well to narrow the gap and eventually at half-time be 15-17 behind, wrong options at crucial times cost them, allowing Kearsney to eventually win the game 23-22.

College narrowed the gap to 6-10 after Marco Pennesi converted two penalties. Kearsney scored their third try when wing Brynne Campbell finished off a good line movement and with Warren Seals successfully converting Kearsney were 17-6 in front. Pennesi added three more penalties to be 15-17 behind.

The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats as College went ahead for the first time when centre Sibusiso Majola broke through the defence to score. Pennesi added the extra points and College led 22-17. Seals then converted a penalty and the gap narrowed to just two points.

In the final five minutes College was awarded a relieving penalty from close to their 22-metre line and instead of putting the ball into touch, they attempted to run it and from the ensuing tackle Kearsney was awarded a penalty. This was close to the halfway line and Seals struck the ball through the uprights to give Kearsney the one-point win, which satisfied their old boys on the reunion weekend.

Glenwood vs Westville

This game had been earmarked as the match to see who the top KZN team is. Neither at this stage had lost in the province. The power of the Glenwood forwards eventually prevailed as they took control in the second half to win 29-14.

At the half-time break, Glenwood were ahead 14-11, after two converted tries by Glenwood, to a try and two penalties by Westville. Westville tackling had disrupted some of the Glenwood play in a tight first half. In the second half, as Glenwood assumed more control and they were able to keep to their pattern, they scored two more tries and a penalty.

Francois Kleinhans scored the first try, followed by Kurt Beeton, with both being converted by Fred Zeilinga. Duncan Campbell succeeded with two penalties for Westville. Alwyn Janse van Vuuren and Zeilinga scored the two second half tries, with Zeilinga converting his own try and adding a penalty, to the lone Campbell penalty for Westville.

Glenwood, for the second year in succession, is KZN’s top rugby side after this win. They still have one match against Maritzburg College next term, a return game, and games against Affies and Grey College.

Voortrekker vs St Charles

Was St Charles again complacent after the announcement of the KZN teams, as they have four players in the 66 players selected compared with just one from Voortrekker? Voortrekker were the first to score when Deon Minnie broke through the defence and with Gertjie Brits successful with the conversion, Vories led 7-0.

At half-time, the scores were level at 10 all after Mondi Mngadi and Zwela Zondi had scored for the visitors. Brits converted a penalty in a tough first half.

The score remained at 10 all until close to the end, when Matthew Mitchell added two penalties to win the game 16-10 for St Charles.

Howick vs Durban North College

This was the first meeting between these two schools and Howick were not sure of the strength of their Durban opposition.

Howick forwards dominated throughout, enabling the home side to score eight tries, seven by the forwards.

At half-time Howick led 25-0, scoring three tries and two penalties. A further five tries were scored in the second half. Kirlin Chetty had his kicking boots on as he converted seven tries and added two penalties, for a personal tally of 20 points in their 60-0 thrashing of DNC.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Hilton 20 Michaelhouse 40; Kearsney 23 Maritzburg College 22; Glenwood 29 Westville 14; Voortrekker 10 St Charles 16; Howick 60 Durban North College 0; Northwood 10 George Campbell 5; Greytown 18 Weston 26; Scottburgh 10 Creston 18; Hillcrest 16 Kloof 8; New Forest 5 Werda 40; Carter 0 St Charles II 17.

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