Final day of the Kearsney festival was a real cracker

2011-04-29 00:00

THE third and final day at the Blythedale Coastal Resort Rugby Festival at Kearsney ended what arguably was the best day of schoolboy rugby and certainly the best festival in the four years it has been held.

With three of the top five schools from 2010 and two others, Glenwood and Selborne, in the top 20, there were bound to be some good games.

Yesterday’s final match was one of the best schoolboy games seen in a while, when Grey College beat Monument 18-14. Grey won all three games at the festival, which included their final match and festival closer, with a 24-3 win against a courageous Kearsney.

Kearsney led for the first quarter of the match after a drop goal by flyhalf Robert du Preez. Grey replied with a penalty in the 14th minute by flyhalf Pieter Jordaan. At half-time the sides were level at three-all, but it was Kearsney who had the better of both territory and possession. Superb defence by Grey had ensured that Kearsney did not cross their goal line, but the hosts did miss two vital penalty attempts that could have given them a half-time lead.

The second half saw Grey score the first try after five minutes when they gained possession from a kick from their goal line and centre Dries Swanepoel showed a clean pair of heels to score under the posts. Their second try came a few minutes later when flank Peter van Biljon broke through a number of attempted tackles to dot down under the cross bar. At 17-3 ahead it was now an uphill battle for Kearsney.

Although Kearsney did have a few chances, the defensive lines of Grey could not be broken. The final try and the try of the match went to Swanepoel after Grey had taken the ball through a number of phases and then passed it down the line to Swanepoel, who dived over in the corner. Jordaan converted from the touchline to give them the 24-3 win.

The penultimate match saw underdogs Selborne cause an upset by beating Monument 22-20 in another great game of rugby. Despite the closeness of the score, the game was played in a great spirit.

At half-time Selborne led 10-6 following a penalty and a goal to two penalties by Monument.

The tackles from both sides were bone-crunching as play went from one end to the other.

A forward drive following a lineout saw Selborne score their second try and a few minutes later they made it 22-6 when flank Ryan Kriel drove over from a penalty five metres out.

Two converted tries in the last 10 minutes gave Monument the 20 points and in a frenetic final four minutes Monument made every effort to win the game, but Selborne’s defence held, leaving them victorious.

An even first half between Glenwood and Paarl Gym saw the Cape side 17-14 up at half-time. But in the second half two penalties by Paarl to one by Glenwood plus a converted try by flyhalf Handre Pollard saw Paarl Gym win 30-17.

The first match saw Dale come from behind to beat the tiring E.G. Jansen team 38-23. The match was marred when the first red card in the four years of the festival was shown to an E.G. Jansen player who — upset at Dale’s final try — head-butted the Dale try-scorer in front of the referee.

In the Easter festivals in Johannesburg, Westville was the only KZN side to win against Italian side Viadana. DHS lost by a point against Jeppe.

They scored a try against all penalties by Jeppe, both these games at KES. At St Stithians, Northwood were beaten comprehensively by Queens. In Krugersdorp St Charles drew 10-all against Noordheuwel.

Kearsney scores: Dale 38 E.G. Jansen 23; Nico Malan 20 Helpmekaar 17; Marais Viljoen 47 Christ’s College 7; KZN Dev 22 Westville Primary 12; Glenwood 17 Paarl Gym 30; Selborne 22 Monument 20; Kearsney 3 Grey College 24

Other festivals: Westville 27 Viadana 6; DHS 14 Jeppe 15; Northwood 0 Queens 27; St Charles 10 Noordheuwel 10

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