College in fine form

2014-06-03 00:00

MARITZBURG College turned it on for the TV cameras against Hilton on Saturday, while Kearsney went well beyond the half century mark against St Stithians.

Glenwood battled gamely against the strong Monument side, Michaelhouse also scored in the 50 zone against St John’s, Northwood proved too strong for Port Natal, DHS looked good against St Charles and Clifton and George Campbell were involved in an entertaining clash.

College 37 Hilton 5

College produced the goods on their Reunion Day, overpowering a rather lacklustre Hilton side in a match shown on SuperSport.

Keen to avenge their defeat on Gilfillan last year at Hilton, College showed intent early on that they wanted this game more than the visitors from the top of Town Hill.

College climbed in from the start, keeping Hilton on the back foot as they created attacking platforms from powerful forward play and hard man-on-man tackles.

Marcel Coetzee set the tone for College with an early penalty and once on the board, College kept rolling on. Soon after, College scored their first try when powerful flank Goi le Roux finished a set of phases and it was 8-0 after 14 minutes. Another Coetzee penalty saw the lead stretch into double figures and Hilton knew they had to be next on the board to make a game of it.

Battling with their lineouts all afternoon, College allowed Hilton into their 22 and after edging closer to the tryline, the visitors barged over for an unconverted try, courtesy of wing Terry Matsa, in what was to be their only points of the afternoon. At 11-5 it looked as though Hilton could be making a game of it but their bite proved worse than their bark and they spent the rest of the afternoon defending and never looking threatening whenever — and it was not often — they had ball in hand.

Le Roux scored his second try next to the poles, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake as he powered through their efforts to stop him and Coetzee’s conversion took the College juggernaut further ahead at 18-5, which remained the half-time score.

With a comfortable cushion, College could turn it on in the second half and they did just that. Soon after the restart, Le Roux barged over for his hat-trick of tries after being put into space and enjoying an open run to the line.

At 25-5 the match was already won and College just had to maintain their structure and momentum. Although they lost captain Daryn Goodson (injury) and Le Roux (cramp), Hilton failed to capitalise and College managed a further two tries, from Coetzee and loosehead prop Tiaan Steyn.

The final score of 37-5 was reached with 15 minutes still remaining and Hilton can consider themselves mighty fortunate that College’s rhythm faltered and mistakes crept into their play.

The hosts were capable of more and Hilton will have to take a long, hard look at their play and will need a steamroller, let alone an iron, to smooth out their game, technique, passion, commitment and above all, their desire to match the opposition in all departments.

In truth, this was definitely College’s day and for Hilton, being on TV and even pitching up for the game looked the last thing they wanted to do on a Saturday afternoon.

Monument 30 Glenwood 19

Glenwood travelled to Krugersdorp for this clash, which was part of the annual Mutual and Federal inter-schools derby. Both sides are ranked in the top 10 in the country and with pride added to the mix, the match was guaranteed to move the earth.

With both sides keen to gain supremacy early, it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and they were rewarded for their efforts when number eight Jaco Coetzee crashed over the line, picking the ball from the base of a scrum and breaking the cover defence. Flyhalf Curtis Jonas added the extras and Glenwood enjoyed the early advantage.

It wasn’t for long as Monument soon equalised, taking a tap penalty inside Glenwood’s 22 and setting up a rolling maul that drove across the tryline.

At 7-7 it was once again game on and depended on who would take the initiative. Monument’s forwards started to exert their authority and two penalties saw the hosts pull 13-7 ahead. However, Glenwood struck back with an unconverted try from wing Ilunga Mukendi and the sides changed ends with Monument slightly ahead at 13-12.

Monument’s forwards continued their good work in the second period, making inroads into Glenwood’s defence. Two quick tries from Monument sealed the match for them as they roared out of sight.

With 20 minutes remaining, Monument were as good as home, 30-12 ahead, but a late flurry from Glenwood saw centre Sphamandla Ngcobo score a fine try after making a line break from deep within his half. Jonas converted but a tough battle had been won by the mighty Monument side.

Kearsney 65 St Stithians 21

Kearsney dominated this match on their home patch, which delivered an afternoon of running rugby as both sides kept the scoreboard ticking.

The men in maroon and white were soon ahead, thanks to two penalties from captain and flyhalf Tristan Tedder, setting the platform for the afternoon as the Tedders in the side began to exert their presence.

Kearsney scrumhalf James Hall, who has enjoyed a consistent season, saw his long range penalty fall short but, in attempting to clear the ball, Saints allowed the hosts to regain control, enabling Tristan Tedder to score in the corner. He converted and it was 13-0 to Kearsney, all the points belonging to the captain.

Another penalty edged Kearsney to 16-0 and Hall got in on the act with a brilliant sniping run that saw him run 40 metres to dot down. The conversion saw Kearsney streaks ahead at 23-0, the match still in the first half.

This was taken to 30-0 when Kearsney lock Tristan Dixon dived over after a well-executed lineout in the Saints 22, Tedder converting. More misery was added for the visitors when Kearsney right wing Langa Hlongwane added another five-pointer after numerous phases, Tedder converting for a 37-0 lead.

Saints finally scored a converted try before half time, but at 37-7, the game was as good as over and it was a matter of how many points Kearsney would knock up before the watch reached 70 minutes and full time.

Carrying on where they left off, Kearsney’s left wing David Zondi gathered a loose ball early in the second half for another five points, Tedder converting (44-7) as his team edged closer to the 50 mark.

Still battling on, Saints replied with a converted try (44-14) but Hall’s second try, after chasing a high ball that Saints failed to collect, kept the Kearsney train roaring on at 51-14 with time still to play.

A third converted try from Saints was their work done for the afternoon, while Kearsney responded with James Tedder collecting a grubber from Tristan Tedder to dd another five points. The scoring was rounded off when number eight Stephen Tedder picked up from the base of the scrum to score.

Tristan Tedder converted both tries and the final whistle heralded a 65-21 triumph for Kearsney.

Other Results

Clifton 29 George Campbell 20

DHS 31 St Charles 6

Michaelhouse 52 St John’s College 10

Northwood 31 Port Natal 6.

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