Weekend brings some fine rugby, two surprises, shock results, poor refereeing

2011-06-07 00:00

THE weekend results were largely as expected. Two surprises — the ease with which Hilton disposed of a competent St Albans unit and the loss of Westville against Pionier — made news.

Mention must be made of a shock result on the national front when Affies­ lost 22-25 against Noordkaap in Kimberley. This and the game in Vryheid were both apparently riddled by mistakes in poor refereeing displays which clearly favoured the home sides.

Maritzburg College 40 Michaelhouse 21

Was College complacent, particularly as two tries were scored, although the one was disallowed due to a forward pass, in the first five minutes of the game? They also spurned a number of kickable penalties early on. After wing Zolile Makiwane had scored early for College to take a 5-0 lead, College maintained most of the ball, but some elaborate moves came to nothing.

The first time Michaelhouse managed to get into College’s half after 20 minutes of play, some good hands and passing ended with flank Stefan Hartman scoring. Thys Albertse converted and the lead had changed against the run of play. College continued to dominate, but Michaelhouse had their tails up and some hard tackling resulted in College making mistakes.

Just on half-time, with the visitors on attack, a scrum in the College 22- metre area resulted in fullback Gordon Loubser-Hattingh cutting through at pace to score near the poles. Albertse converted and Michaelhouse led 14-5 at the break. Would this be another upset like last year and possibly Michaelhouse’s fourth victory in a row?

Stern words at the break caused College to spread the ball and use their pacy wings. A Matthew Phillips penalty made it 8-14 after three minutes. Michaelhouse withstood some determined College attacks and only in the 14th minute Makiwane scored his second try after the ball had passed rapidly down the line to give him some space. A few minutes later Phillips succeeded with another penalty to put College back into a 16-14 lead.

From the kickoff the ball went left to Lwazi Sithole on the left wing and he ran 50 metres beating off tackles to score in the corner. Phillips added the extra points and College led 23-14. Flyhalf Calvin Olley scored the first of his two tries with a dummy which Michaelhouse gobbled, opening a gap through which he slipped and with the two points added by Phillips, the lead extended to 30-14.

Michaelhouse did not lie down, coming back with some enterprising play. This led to lock Andrew Becker forcing his way over.

Albertse again converted to reduce the deficit. In the last five minutes Olley scored in the corner again with a dummy and then Makiwane scored his third with a 90-metre run after a turnover from a Michaelhouse mistake close to the College tryline.

It was a fine game of rugby with plenty of running and nine tries in all. While Michaelhouse may have been disappointed, they arguably did better than suggested by their earlier form and College had a first half in which they let themselves down.

Northwood 8 Kearsney 21

A physical Northwood, in front of a large crowd of old boys on their Founders weekend, played a forward game which made it a fairly dour spectacle.

Kearsney played into their hands by kicking for territory rather than going for points and Northwood, stronger in the set pieces, put a lot of pressure on their visitors.

At half-time Kearsney led 11-0 following two penalties by James Lambert and a try by lock Chad Myburgh, after Matt Reece-Edwards had been tackled just short after a sniping run, popping the ball to Myburgh.

Kearsney went further ahead with another Lambert penalty. A drop goal by Northwood scrumhalf Raymond Simon gave the home side their first points. It was a rare move which saw the ball down the Kearsney line after a quick tap penalty and number eight Declan Ahern scored their second try. Lambert converted and Kearsney increased the lead to 21-3.

Egged on by their supporters Northwood kept up the pressure and when Sandile Kubeka attempted a clearance from within the 22-metre area, Simon charged it down and was first to the ball to give Northwood their first and only try.

Hilton 54 St Albans 12

This was a very good performance by the Hilton lads as St Albans is no slouch on the field with some big forwards. Hilton was able to put a number of phases together, an aspect where they have struggled this year.

With some changes made, the home side ran St Albans ragged, which nullified the heavy forwards and although St Albans scored two tries, it was Hilton that were more mobile.

At the break Hilton had already scored five tries, all of which were converted by Jonathan Hugo, to lead 35-0. Three more tries came in the second half and Hugo again converted all of them, including the try he scored. He ended with a personal tally of 21 points and a 100% kicking record. Flank Chris de Beer scored a brace with the other five tries going to five different players in a great team effort.

Pionier 24 Westville 22

Westville cannot believe that they could lose a game where they dominated in all phases of play. The refereeing­ left much to be desired with some very dubious decisions where the home side appeared to be favoured.

Kicking again was a problem as they scored four tries with Keagan Boulle only able to convert one of them. The tries were scored by centre Tyler Fisher, wing Louis Snyman, flank Jackson Buthelezi and number eight Edward O’Neill.

With 10 minutes remaining, Westville led 22-14, but they were heavily penalised, and with one penalty converted and then a try scored from a blatant forward pass, the home side won 24-22.

OTHER RESULTS

(home side first):

St Charles 13 DHS 24; Weston 26 Ladysmith 3; St Henry’s 3 Wartburg 12; Howick 38 Linpark 21; Clifton 19 George Campbell 30; Port Natal 28 Voortrekker 8; New Forest 22 Amanzimtoti 16; Thomas Moore 25 Kloof 0; M College VI 5 Ixopo 31; Treverton 30 Estcourt 14; Hillcrest 15 Kingsway 5.

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