Two shock results see Westville, George Campbell win

2013-06-18 00:00

THERE were two shock results this weekend, one on Friday when Glenwood lost against George Campbell and on Saturday when Maritzburg College were thrashed by Westville on Goldstones, where it had been expected to be a tight game.

Maritzburg College 10 Westville 50

Westville arrived on Goldstones ready for the contest, but College did not pitch up with their A game. They lacked cohesion, tackling was poor and passes were poorly constructed. Westville’s scrumming was better, an area where College had been expected to do well. This resulted in Westville winning an abundance of ball and using it to good effect.

The records show that this is the largest points difference in a loss against a KZN school on Goldstones. In 2007, College lost by a difference of 37 points against Glenwood, and their biggest loss was 3-86 against Grey College in 2006. What makes it even more remarkable is that it was only Westville’s fourth win against College in 28 matches. Their last win was in 2009.

Did the ’flu virus that struck down half the side, causing the match against Kearsney to be postponed just a week before, have an influence? Two players were still affected and those who were back could not have been fully fit for this game. This was not an excuse made by College and Westville also had some players out with injury.

Westville came well-prepared with a definite plan on how to beat College in the game. They executed their attacking moves at pace and had College on the back foot from early on. Using various strategies, attacking wide, using probing kicks and then attacking in channels close to the tight phases certainly worked. College have produced some wonderful defence in matches this season, but it fell away on Saturday.

At the end of the first quarter the score was 15-0, and Westville had dominated with College offering little in reply. Two tries in the first 10 minutes, the first by lock Jordan Martin and then by centre Lindo Buthelezi, were converted by Louis Snyman, who also kicked a penalty. Before half-time, Snyman kicked two more penalties and converted centre Brad Ellse’s earlier try, to leave Westville 28-0 in front.

College came out after the break and looked a different side as they played their best rugby in the match for a period of about 15 minutes. In that time, eighth man Darren Goodsen scored one of his trademark tries using his strength to get over after a good College maul and the pacy wing Banele Ngwenya got over in the corner. Neither was converted, but it appeared as if College were going to make inroads into the Westville lead.

This did not last and the last quarter was again all Westville, as they scored another three tries. Two of these went to Buthelezi for his hat-trick and the final try to wing Jason Wilkes. Snyman converted the first two and a penalty for Westville to bring up their half century in a well-deserved win.

George Campbell 13

Glenwood 12

This will go down as the major surprise result of the season, reminiscent of the win by Northwood, also by a point, in 2011. The result comes a few days after the KZN capping ceremony, where Glenwood had the majority of players in both the Craven and Academy Week teams.

The green jerseys did not fire, perhaps because of complacency and the untried conditions under lights on the narrow Campbell field. Did the Glenwood players also have half an eye on the game on Monday and then on Craven Week? There was some dew, which did make handling difficult, but it was the physicality of the GC players that unsettled Glenwood. Glenwood scored two tries through flank Rupert Kay and wing Spark Ngcobo with the first converted by Morné Joubert. Campbell scored a try by flank Thando Mbatha with a conversion and two penalties following.

Kearsney 34 Hilton 9

This was a tough game, not as easy as the score might suggest, but it was patience and eventual superior handling that gave Kearsney the win. Hilton were strong in defence until Kearsney scored their first of three tries in the second half.

At the break Kearsney led 15-9. They scored in the fifth minute when fullback Chris Lines created the overlap to go over. Tristan Tedder added a conversion and a penalty before Cameron Wright converted three penalties for the visitors. The half ended with prop Mthunzi Moloi barging over for an unconverted try.

The Kearsney forwards on attack were beginning to look dangerous and when the ball was passed through a number of them, lock Dan du Preez scored. This was followed by centre Blair Cremer scoring and finally Lines scored his second, which he converted for their 17 unanswered points in the second half.

Michaelhouse 45 DHS 13

In a free-flowing game, where the home side set up their victory, they scored three converted tries in the first 15 minutes. At half-time Michaelhouse led 21-6. The middle 25 minutes of the game was evenly contested, with each team scoring a try. Another three tries went to Michaelhouse in the last quarter of the match.

The seven tries were scored by both backs and forwards, giving some indication of the nature of the play. Wing David Broadly, centre Brandon Tattam, fly half Michael Bouwer and substitute wing Jason Schwegmann dotted down. The forward tries were scored by locks Gary Porter and Chris Schoeman and hooker Bradley Roberts. Bouwer kicked five conversions.

Other scores: Clifton 17 St Charles 22; Port Natal 16 Glenwood ii 27; Kloof 15 Hillcrest 6; Kuswag 44 Kingsway 0

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