College finally bounce back

2008-05-26 00:00

Maritzburg College produced a remarkable turnaround in form in beating DHS while Hilton College pipped Kearsney College by one point in Saturday’s round of schools’ rugby matches. St Charles, at home, overcame Voortrekker 27-14 (reported as "Match of the day" in yesterday’s Witness).

o Maritzburg College vs DHS. What a turnaround this was as College, who were beaten 29-7 in their first match of the season in Durban, reversed the result with their best rugby of the season for a 42-14 win. College scored two converted tries in the first half and a further four tries in the second with two against. A 40-metre run by College wing Darren Anderson saw him score under the posts. Eighthman Kelvin Adam broke from the base of a scrum and passed to flank Shaun Hansmeyer who scored. Brett Young converted both tries for a 14-0 lead at half-time.

Five minutes into the second half Adam again broke from a scrum close to the DHS line and evaded a number of tackle attempts to score and with the Young conversion the score increased to 21-0.

Then followed the best period of play for DHS and flyhalf Luke Fouche eventually dotted down. His conversion reduced the deficit (21-7). The last 10 minutes of the match saw a further four tries scored. First College hooker Sibusiso Zwane scored in the corner and then a College relieving kick was charged down and Mikayle Webster crossed for DHS, with Fouche again converting. In the last two minutes, Sean Higgs scored from a College attacking line-out and, on the final whistle, College were awarded a penalty try after speedster Mivuyo Mjajubana was held back as he was going for the try from a chip ahead.

o Hilton vs Kearsney. This was a humdinger of a match with both teams intent on playing positive, attractive and exciting rugby. Kearsney was first on the scoreboard after just a few minutes when Hilton were over-committed at a ruck and the unmarked Roscoe Dekker crossed in the corner. A quickly taken free kick ended with hooker Minny Bhengu scoring for Warren Seals to convert (12-0). Emile Schwarz then scored for Hilton and here the conversion missed, to leave Kearsney leading by seven points going into the second quarter. A well-taken penalty by Shane Fainsinger made the half-time score 12-8 in favour of Kearsney. Fullback Craig Saunders then scored and this was converted by Garth Gerber to put Hilton into the lead for the first time (15-12). They increased their lead to 20-12 when centre William Hodgson went over.

It was in the last few minutes that wing Joe Reynolds rounded the cover defence to score under the uprights giving Seals an easy conversion after Kearsney had maintained possession through a number of phases (20-19).

o Carter vs Hillcrest. Carter were expecting a hard match and a few minutes before half-time, the 0-0 score showed that it was just that. Carter had been dominating in the second quarter and it was then that Jean Pretorius broke through a tackle and he scored out wide for a 5-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw Carter becoming even stronger. Centre Lucien Friedman scored and Pretorius added the extra points, and converted a penalty to make the final score 15-0. This was a good victory for the Pietermaritzburg school as Hillcrest have had some favourable results this year.


St Charles 27 Voortrekker 14; Maritzburg College 42 DHS 14; Hilton 20 Kearsney 19; Carter 15 Hillcrest 0; Michaelhouse 41 St Johns 16; Westville 50 Kzn Dev 0; Wartburg 3 Weston 22; George Campbell 0 Glenwood 76; Northwood 30 Pinetown 17; Clifton 45 Crawford NC 0.

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