Skonk Nicholson Rugby Festival: smooth second day with excellent play from four sides

2012-04-05 00:00

DAY two of the Husqvarna Skonk Nicholson Rugby Festival again ran smoothly with only one game where there was a mismatch.

Some up country teams suffered in the heat of the day which turned out much warmer than the first day.

Players will be pleased that today is a rest day and they can get over some of the bumps and bruises of two consecutive matches.

In the under-16 matches on Goldstones there were four sides that have won both games.

They are hosts Maritzburg College, Westville, DHS and KES.

The latter ran away with a 43-0 win after a fairly tight first half against Pionier.

DHS, outsized by Queens, spread the ball, tiring the big Queen’s forwards, to win 30-10.

Westville were fortunate to win 9-6 against Menlopark, with a penalty in the last minute, in a game characterised by good defence by both teams. In the final match, College had another good 34-7 win against Hudson Park.

In the under-14 age groups there are also four unbeaten teams. Menlopark and Hudson Park seem to be the two teams with the most finesse and flair.

They beat Hilton 69-0 and the Midlands Development 49-5 respectively.

Jeppe with a big side, ran up a 22-7 lead against Maritzburg College at the break, but College struggled manfully in the second half to score the only try in the half and give Jeppe a 22-10 win.

Nelspruit have had two tough games winning 17-15 against Queens yesterday after the 19-12 win against Westville in the first match.

Results

Under 16: St Charles 14 Trinityhouse 10; Cornwall Hill 26 Voortrekker 22; KES 43 Pionier 0; DHS 30 Queens 10; Westville 9 Menlopark 6; Brandwag 13 Hilton 3; M College 34 Hudson Park 7 Under 14: St Charles 17 Trinityhouse 0; Hudson Park 49 Midlands Development 5; Menlopark 69 Hilton 0; Westville 13 EG Jansen 12; KES 38 Pionier 7; Jeppe 22 M College 10; Nelspruit 17 Queens 15

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