Rugby festival action

2014-04-21 00:00

DAY two of the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival on Saturday picked up where the first had left off. Superb weather encouraged superb rugby and the holiday crowd was treated to another display of enterprising, running rugby as some of the country’s schoolboy rugby giants locked horns.

The surprise of the day was in the final match where the highly fancied Affies side came unstuck against Monument, while Glenwood maintained their winning ways against EG Jansen, Kearsney notched their first win and Westville Boys’ High were far from disgraced in going down to Grey College.

Selborne College 21 Framesby 13

Kicking off the second day’s action, Selborne were first on the board when flyhalf Morgan Steyn slotted a penalty after both sides had measured up well in the early exchanges. Framesby replied with a three-pointer from flyhalf Tiaan Stander and Selborne soon regained the advantage when utility back Brandon Perks dotted down after some enterprising play, with the ball being moved through the hands.

Framesby came back strongly but Selborne’s defence held firm. Another Selborne penalty saw them edge further ahead but Framesby closed the gap with a try from prop Roche van Zyl, converted by Stander.

At 11-10 to Selborne the game was there for the taking by both sides but Framesby could only add a penalty to their tally while Selborne surged to victory with Steyn’s third penalty and an injury time try from scrumhalf Sibahle Dunjana, converted by Steyn.

HTS Middelburg 43 Nico Malan 22

Middelburg made their intentions clear from the start, attacking and pushing forward from the opening whistle to be 17-0 ahead after just 20 minutes. Forward Neven Nel and wing Liaan Prinsloo crossed the whitewash, fullback Barend Smit converting both and adding a penalty.

Credit to Nico Malan who changed gear and piled on their own pressure, resulting in two quick tries from prop Peter-Lafras Moolman and lock Dirk Staats. Unfortunately, none were converted and at the break, Middelburg were 17-10 to the good.

Nico Malan levelled matters in the second half when number eight Dean van der Westhuizen scored and wing Dominik Uytenbogaardt converted.

From here though, Middelburg upped the tempo, running away with the match as they scored four tries to be out of sight on the scoreboard. Jan Rens, flyhalf Lohan Bennett, number eight Eric Basson and lock Driaan Bester put the result beyond doubt as Smit was successful with three conversions.

A second try to Van der Westhuizen was scant consolation to the boys from Humansdorp who slumped to their second successive loss at the festival.

Kearsney College 24 Dale College 19

In a match which the hosts looked set to dominate, it came down to Kearsney holding on for all they were worth in the closing minutes as Dale pushed for a possible win.

Three penalties from flyhalf Tristan Tedder and another from scrumhalf James Hall saw Kearsney out to a 12-0 advantage, stretched further when the flyhalf scored under the poles and converted.

As they had done in their opening clash against Glenwood, Dale had fallen behind and had nothing to lose in trying to close the gap.

They bagged seven points just before the break when loose forward Siyand Amm’s try was converted by flyhalf Courtney Winnaar.

Kearsney scored their second try, courtesy of wing David Zondi, but Dale refused to give up, answering with two unconverted tries from flank Buntu Ponono and wing Luyolo Khuse.

Only determined defence from Kearsney in a tense final five minutes prevented Dale from equalising and kicking for what would have been a superb comeback win.

Glenwood 31 EG Jansen 20

Glenwood continued their solid season to date with another win, although they had to work hard for the spoils against an EG Jansen side that scored first, after four minutes, when centre Delano Kotze slotted a penalty.

Testing Glenwood’s defence, EG Jansen was dealt a harsh blow when Glenwood wing Philani Ngcobo intercepted a pass and ran unchallenged to dot down under the sticks. Fullback Morne Joubert added the two points and Glenwood were 7-3 ahead.

The same Glenwood combination saw the “Green Machine’s” second seven-pointer, Joubert also adding a penalty.

EG Jansen struck back with an unconverted try from fullback Martin van Wyk, but that man Joubert popped up again for Glenwood with a runaway converted try to see his side looking comfortable at 24-8 ahead.

Van Wyk scored his second try for EG Jansen to narrow the gap to 11 points, but a slick Glenwood outfit sealed matters when centre Sphandla Ngcobo scored Glenwood’s fourth try, converted by Joubert.

EG Jansen kept playing to the final whistle, rewarded with a try from lock Hendre Stassen, converted by centre Delano Kotze.

Grey College 32 Westville Boys’ 20

This was a massive match for Westville and the lads were far from disgraced with a spirited and determined performance.

Grey stamped their authority quickly with two opening tries from flyhalf Lourens Steenkamp and flank Henry Slabbert. These were unconverted and having settled, Westville were soon on the board when fullback Bradley Smith scored under the poles after following up a kick from flyhalf Lindo Buthelezi.

Kyan Braithwaite converted and Westville were only three points adrift.

Grey’s pace kept Westville on their toes but their defence was breached for Grey’s third try — unconverted — from fullback Henry Immelman, to have Grey 15-7 ahead at the break.

Braithwaite opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty and then scored a try to suddenly level the score at 15 apiece.

However, Grey replied when hooker Daniel Rust took Grey 20-15 ahead, only for Westville to reply with a try from flank Adrian Heystek. It was 20-20, which would have been a fair result for both sides, but Grey turned up the gas toward the end, running in two further tries, Slabbert getting his second and flyhalf Dwayne Wessels getting his name on the score sheet.

Affies 14 Monument 36

This was a big match for both schools and a game enjoyed by the many spectators who had stayed to see the final clash of the second day of action.

Monument opened proceedings with a Wikus van Biljon penalty and was soon enjoying a 10-point lead when an Affies error in defence saw Waldo Kriel score under the poles, Van Biljon converting.

Affies replied with lock Jaun Basson scoring a try, converted by wing Pieter Coetser. This spurred Monument into action, Kriel getting a further two tries to complete his hat-trick and number eight Juan Lemmer adding another. Ahead 27-7 at the break, Monument left Affies with a mountain to climb.

A drop goal and penalty from Van Biljon extended Monument’s lead to 33-7. Affies scored a consolation seven-pointer but by then, with another Van Biljon penalty the game was all over. Today is the final day of the festival.

Today’s Fixtures

9.30 am: Nico Malan v Dale College

10.45 am: Glenwood v Framesby

12pm: Westville v Selborne College

1.15 pm: Affies v HTS Middelburg

2.30 pm: Grey College v Monument

3.45 pm: Kearsney v EG Jansen

5pm: Awarding of Sharks Academy bursaries.

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