Varsity unlucky vs Old Boys, Midlands spoil Durban party

2011-07-05 00:00

THE Maritzburg Varsity first XV were unlucky losers against Old Boys in KZN Premier Division action, but Midlands Marauders gave Durban a second-half hiding at Woodburn.

Varsity went down 18-14 to home side Old Boys after the Durban North lads had led 13-5 at half-time.

Old Boys’ points were from a try, conversion and two penalties in the opening 40, plus a second-half try, while Varsity’s came from a try by flank Tyrone Leach and three penalties in the second half by flyhalf Kirsten Jones.

Said Varsity head coach Beans Bateman, “It was a physical encounter and I was extremely proud of the typical Varsity tenacity and courage as we fought hard to work our way back into the game.”

At 18-14 and with the clock running out, Varsity had weathered a late attack on the line, in turn pressuring the Old Boys into a lineout on their try line.

Another good Varsity lineout set up a forward drive and the students went over, only to have the referee decide that there was obstruction.

“That try was the exact replica of the one we scored in the first half, so to be penalised was very disappointing,” said Bateman. “The team have a fantastic spirit, so I am sure they will bounce back.”

At Woodburn on Saturday Bateman’s Marauders beat Durban 41-24 after the coastal side had led 17-14 at the interval.

Marauders’ first-half points came via three penalties by flyhalf Conol Levin and a try by flank Adriaan Rossouw.

Durban’s points came from two tries by wing Jared Chiochetti plus two conversions and a penalty by flyhalf Mark Harris.

In the second half Marauders’ wing, Richard Hayworth, went over and two further tries were added by replacement scrumhalf Zander Engelbrecht, coupled with conversions and penalties by Levin, while Durban centre Louis Joubert and Harris (conversion) also got on the scoresheet.

The first half was tight and Durban punished the Marauders’ mistakes, but Levin kept the home side in the game.

Trailing 21-14 early in the second half, the Marauders’ spirit came to the fore, coupled with the impact made from the reserve bench.

“In a sound team effort it is difficult to single out individuals, but mention must be made of Levin and hardworking hooker Dylan Pieterse,” said Bateman.

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