De la Hey’s try seals exciting win for St Charles

2009-05-27 00:00

THIS was the weekend where there were the most rugby matches to be played and three of them were against Gauteng teams.

There are always surprises when the underdog wins or the scoreline is not as big as anticipated, but most matches went as expected.


St Charles vs St Albans

This was an exciting match with plenty of movement from both sides.

St Charles did well to be very competitive in the set pieces and deserved to win the game 18-13. Both sides were prepared to spread the ball, making it both exciting and enjoyable for the spectators.

St Charles led 10-0 after two tries, the first where scrumhalf Mondi Mngadi scored after a blistering run down the touchline. The second came after Mngadi had made the initial break before passing inside to captain and eighth man Siseko Jafta.

St Albans came back with a try by eighth man Andrew McFarlane that was converted by Mark Tollet. He added a penalty to take the sides into half-time locked at 10-10.

Tollet put St Albans into the lead a few minutes into the second half, but it wasn’t long before Matt Mitchell tied up the scores again with his first successful kick.

Midway through the half, fullback Tim de la Hey created the overlap by joining the backline and went over in the corner for the winning try.


DHS vs Glenwood

This FNB Classic Clash game was played under lights on Friday evening and the damp ball caused some mistakes by both teams. Glenwood dominated the scrums and lineouts and if their handling had been better would have scored a further three tries.

Glenwood’s half-time lead was 19-3 after three tries, two converted. In the second half, two further tries were scored both converted by Fred Zielinga to give them a 31-3 win.

Try scorers were prop JR Jenkinson within the first five minutes, centre Senzo Mtshali and flank Brendon Groenewald in the first half. The two tries in the second period were scored by scrumhalf Etienne Beneke and wing Sandile Buyase.


KES vs Hilton

This game could have gone either way until the last four minutes when KES scored two tries to make the 34-15 result appear a comfortable win. Hilton stood firm, tackling was good and the KES esteemed backline had little room to manoeuvre.

KES did lead 17-0 at the break with two converted tries, the one from an intercept and a penalty, but Hilton had missed a number of opportunities and penalties.

Josh Negri converted a penalty early in the second half to open Hilton’s account and then Emile Schwartz scored in the corner after a good movement involving backs and forwards and with the conversion successful Hilton were seven points behind.

This was narrowed to just two points, when Nick Thorneycroft had made the running down the touch line before passing inside to flank Guy Alexander who went over. A penalty to KES put them 20-15 ahead with about 20 minutes remaining. If it had not been for a slip in sidestepping, Hilton would have scored in a counterattack with six minutes remaining.

In the 31st minute, a missed touch finder allowed KES to counter and they scored a converted try, followed three minutes later with another, again converted, to make the final score a flattering 34-15.


St John’s vs Michaelhouse

It was close to 20 minutes before any points were scored in the match, as both teams felt each other out. There was not much to separate the sides in the first half as they ended it at 12 points apiece, after each had scored two tries.

St John’s went ahead 15-12, before three tries by the visitors put them 33-15 ahead. In the final minutes, St John’s scored again to make the final score 33-20.

Michaelhouse tries were scored by hooker Jonty Tatz, eighth man Mark van Heerden, flyhalf Reef Nakin, and centres Pat Howard and Josh Chellan, with four of the tries converted.


Voortrekker vs Pinetown

After a few tough games, Voortrekker enjoyed this match where they dominated the play scoring four tries. Pinetown were never in the game as the hosts scored two tries in each half, taking the half-time score of 12-3 to a final 26-3.

Centre Deon Minnie and eighth man Morne van Jaarsveld each scored a brace of tries with Gertjie Britz converting three of them.


Hillcrest vs Carter

Outweighed but not intimidated, this derby game was one of the better displays by Carter this season. They created good attacking phases but could not score as the Hillcrest defence was solid.

Carter defence was brave against some big lads and they displayed huge heart, tackling Hillcrest back.

At the final whistle it was four penalties in the match with Carter scoring three, two by Mnqobi Mbense and a 45-metre kick by Jake Smith to the one by Vuyo Saunders of Hillcrest.

Treverton vs Wartburg

It was a tight match, with one try apiece, the difference being the boot of Jens Hillermann who scored three penalties and a conversion giving Wartburg a 16-10 win. At the break, Wartburg led 7-3, following a try by centre Kimeran Chetty.

In the second half, Hillermann converted three penalties to the converted try by Treverton.




(home side first)

Maritzburg College 0 Westville 3 (reported as “Match of the day” on Monday); St Charles 18 St Albans 13; DHS 3 Glenwood 32; KES 34 Hilton 15; St Johns 20 Michaelhouse 33; Voortrekker 26 Pinetown 3; Hillcrest 3 Carter 9; Treverton 10 Wartburg 16; George Campbell 5 Kearsney 48; Northwood 11 Pionier 26; Thomas More 21 Kloof 10; Clifton 0 Kearsney II 18; Crawford LL 15 Crawford NC 0; M College V 41 Alexandra 5; St Henrys 27 Grosvenor 17; Empangeni 5 Port Natal 45; Greytown 25 Ixopo 3; Port Shepstone 23 New Forest 0; Kingsway 3 Suidnatal 14.

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