Schools under18 trials start as Glenwood get Saru praise

2008-05-07 00:00

The selection process for the KZN U18 team for Craven Week 2008 has begun and the Midlands trials were held at Hilton this week.

A team to play in the zonal trials at Woodburn in two weeks’ time was later selected. Trials in the other zones will be held over the rest of this week and next week. The Maritzburg trials will be next Tuesday.

Midlands XV:

15. R. Combrink/P. Lambie (MHS)

14. A. Schorn (Hil)/R.Combrink (MHS)

13. W. Hodgson (Hil)

12. R de Bruin (MHS)

11. J.Gilbert (Hil)

10. Gerber.G (Hil)

9. M.Simpson (MHS)

8. W.Bradley (Weston)/ W. Leathern (Hil)

7. G. Grove (Hil)

6. D. Botha (Hil)

5. R. Keene (MHS)

4. B. Perrett (Hil)

3. L. Albertse (MHS)

2. M. Blore (MHS)

1. G. Mann (MHS)

College hit form

A much better display by Maritzburg College would have pleased their supporters at Woodburn Stadium in their midweek match against Vootrekker, as they ran in nine tries to one to beat a game Voortrekker team 55-7.

The first quarter of the match saw a number of try-scoring opportunities sqaundered by College, but the confidence of the backs grew as the game progressed.

The breakdowns were well controlled by the College loose forwards, with Sean Higgs prominent, and the first try came after 16 minutes when right wing Brendon Joubert squeezed over in the corner.

In the next 20 minutes, College scored three more tries, two more to Joubert and the other to left wing Jared Chiocchetti. Scott converted two tries for a 24-0 lead at the break.

Voortrekker did win more of the ball in the second half, but pressure by College caused them to make mistakes on attack. Four more tries by College saw the score advance to 48-0, with lock Matthew Nurse, flyhalf Scott, Joubert for his 4th try and centre Cole Dyer all dotting down. Scott added a further two conversions.

With four minutes remaining, flank Hartwich Marx intercepted a pass to score Voortrekker’s first points. Robbie van Schalkwyk added the conversion. In injury time, Higgs was rewarded for his good play with the final try, which was converted by Scott for the 55-7 win.

Carter were no match for the College 3rds, going down 5-38.

Scores in brief at Woodburn: Maritzburg College 55 Voortrekker 7; M College 3rd 36 Carter 1st 5; M College 7th 51 Alexander 1st 5.

Glenwood praised

The South African Rugby Union has extended its congratulations to the Durban-based Glenwood High School for winning the prestigious Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament in Japan.

The congratulatory statement by Saru reads: “Glenwood High School has always been a traditional rugby powerhouse, and Saru would like to extend its warmest congratulations to headmaster Trevor Kershaw and all involved … on a monumental achievement. It is the third time a South African school has triumphed at the event.

Grey College and Boland Agricultural College won the tournament in 2001 and 2002 respectively.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins, who hails from Pietermaritzburg, said: “Glenwood have always

been a school close to my heart. I am thrilled at the news of their victory, and I send … my best wishes.

“This is a boost for both KZN and high school rugby, and I think [it] is a telling indicator of the strength of our game at grass-roots level. I hope all involved … know they have done their country very proud.”

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