Westville dominate DHS despite Durban boys’ recent top form

2014-04-15 00:00

THIS past weekend saw a handful of schoolboy rugby matches played, with many of the schools gearing up for a series of Easter rugby festivals around the country this week.

Westville 33 DHS 9

Fresh from a successful Grey PE festival where they won all three matches, Westville welcomed a DHS side that had enjoyed a strong 33-10 win against Clifton during the week.

The visitors started well, racing into a 9-0 lead courtesy of three penalties from Le Roux van Zyl, but the lead was quickly diminished when Westville made the most of their first attacking opportunity.

A brilliant line break from right wing Don Pieters saw him pass to centre Juan Anderson to round off under the poles. Flyhalf Kyan Braithwaite added the conversion and was soon scoring his own five-pointer after fullback Brad Smith broke the defence and sent him over.

Before the break, a third Westville try was added when flank Nathan Meilhon fed Smith, who finished in the corner.

At the break, Westville were out of sight leading 21-9, and despite DHS competing in the lineout and at the breakdown, they were unable to prevent two further Westville tries while remaining scoreless themselves.

Westville’s pack were dominant and the fourth try came from a scrum in midfield, when the right shoulder allowed centre Wayne Smith to punch through the defence and get flank Adrian Heystek to crash over.

The final try came from Anderson who bagged his brace after great turnover ball from number eight Teigan Erasmus saw Braithwaite ignite a quick counter-attack to reward Anderson.

Braithwaite added one conversion and despite the score looking inflated, Westville were forced to work hard by a determined DHS outfit who gave their all up to the final whistle.

Westville play in the Kearsney Easter Festival this week, meeting Nico Malan, Grey College and Selborne College.

College 42 Pretoria Boys’ High 28

College welcomed PBHS to Goldstones for what was a difficult fixture for the hosts, having not played rugby for two weeks. PBHS on the other hand had four matches to their credit, but it was College who enjoyed the stronger start when flank Renard le Roux burst through from a line out to put the first points on the board, centre Marcel Coetzee adding the conversion.

Making countless errors on attack and in defence, College failed to gain much momentum, allowing PBHS to come back with two penalties from centre Dillon Pirie to have a point between the sides.

As the first half wound down, College’s second try came from fullback Matt Kriel, converted by Coetzee for a 14-6 lead.

Instead of putting the boot in and taking control of the game, College allowed the visitors to come back at them, lock Dan Malengela dotting down.

Just before the break, Pirie added a third penalty and the sides changed ends locked at 14-14.

Staring the second half as they did the first, College went ahead when captain and number eight Daryn Goodson crossed the whitewash. Another Coetzee penalty saw College edge ahead, a lead they were never to relinquish.

A few changes saw College tighten up in defence and flyhalf Jordan Koekemoer further extended the lead when he darted through some thin defence for an easy seven-pointer.

At 29-14 the game belonged to the hosts, another Coetzee penalty adding salt to PBHS’s wounds. However, knowing they needed to score next, PBHS responded with tries from lock Ryan Carlson and wing Wayne Parker, both converted, to leave the game in the balance at 32-28 to College with 10 minutes remaining.

Regrouping, College took control as time ticked by, scoring two unconverted tries by Le Roux and wing Byron Watson to seal PBHS’s fate.

This weekend, College play at the St Stithian’s Festival, taking on Linden, St Andrew’s College and Wynberg.

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