Strong sides home and dry in Saturday chill

2013-05-07 00:00

SCHOOLS rugby matches saw some dominant sides winning comfortably on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon. In Johannesburg, Westville won their match against KES, while DHS were comprehensively beaten by Parktown. At the Wildeklawer Festival hosted by Maritzburg College, two KZN sides did well.

Kearsney 38 Michaelhouse 5

With the wind in their favour, Kearsney were on the front foot for most of the first half, scoring three converted tries. The scrums were evenly contested and Michaelhouse shaded the lineouts thanks to captain Chris Schoeman. The difference was Kearsney’s backline, and with the loose forwards winning the ball, they had the better of possession and territory.

Kearsney’s tries came from wing Ryan van der Waal, lock Dan du Preez and No. 8 Ayron Schramm. Flyhalf Tristan Tedder added the conversions for a 21-0 lead at the break.

Kearsney faced a headwind in the second half and Michaelhouse capitalised with a try by prop Chris Whiting.

The home side added tries from lock Mitch du Toit, scrumhalf Matt Reece-Edwards and Schramm. Tedder coverted two of the tries.

Credit to Michaelhouse who, despite missing six regulars, never gave up on their efforts.

St Charles 0 Hilton 34

In bitterly cold and wet conditions, Hilton scored five unanswered tries. St Charles did have chances, but the strong Hilton defence kept them out.

Hilton’s first try came from Patrick Bartlett, Cameron Wright converting and adding a penalty. Despite sustained pressure, St Charles did not penetrate Hilton’s defence.

Damian Lello and Bartlett scored again for a 22-0 lead to Hilton at the change.

Wright and Andy Lee scored in an uneventful second half to seal a comfortable win for Hilton.

KES 16 Westville 22

The first half saw the home side dominating the lineouts and keeping Westville in their own half. The KES attacks were met with an organised and resolute defence. At the break, KES led 6-0 thanks to two penalties by Rashard Fuller.

Kes prop Ameer Williams finally broke through the Westville defence to score an unconverted try and this galvanised the visitors into action.

Reece McHardy and Brad Ellse scored tries, Louis Snyman converting one to give Westville a slender lead going into the final quarter.

Keegan Paverd got Westville’s third try and Snyman kicked a penalty to stretch the lead to 11 points. KES refused to lie down and scored a late try through Julian de Laat.

This is the first time in eight matches that Westville beat KES.

Voortrekker 29 Weston 7

Weston dominated up front, but Voortrekker led 10-7 at the break thanks to a tries from Mondré Terblanche and Francois Glasgow.

The second half saw the Weston forwards losing some of their dominance and Voortrekker getting on top. Voortrekker scored three more tries thanks to Bandisa Ndlovu, Marco Shaw and Jacques Terblanche. Jean Luyke converted three to bag the win.

Other scores: Parktown 31 DHS 5; St Henrys 36 Pinetown 15; Wartburg 5 Howick 38; Thomas More 32 Kloof 12; Carter 13 Treverton 11; New Forest 15 Amanzimtoti 0; Hillcrest 17 Port Shepstone 24; Kingsway 8 Gelofte 22; Creston 66 St Patricks 0; Crawford LL 40 South Coast Dev 0.

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