Glenwood trump Nico Malan 41-10, Kearsney score nail-biting 18-16 win against Dale

2011-04-25 00:00

AT the Blythedale sponsored festival at Kearsney, the two KZN sides both picked up their second wins in as many games.

Glenwood got the day off to a good start with a seven-try fest against Nico Malan, who had little answer to the Glenwood pack, particularly in the second half. At half time the Durban boys led 17-10 and the momentum was building.

This will have given the young Glenwood team a great deal more confidence before their match against Paarl Gym today. Three of their tries were converted which does leave a slight question mark about their kicking for posts skills.

The forwards formed a cohesive unit with the loose forwards working effectively. Eighth man Carel Swart scored three tries and was named man of the match. Flank Jacques Meintjies scored another. Wing Dylan Coulson scored a brace and the other was scored by centre Lwandile Nhlangulele.

The final match on both days has been nail-biting and after Grey College’s 18-14 win against Monument on Thursday, it was Kearsney winning 18-16 in a tight finish against Dale College.

Dale is always dangerous, quick to capitalise on a mistake and they scored their first try from a Kearsney mistake to tie up the scores at eight all at the break. James Lambert had scored all the points for Kearsney in the half.

With Kearsney a man down following a yellow card, Dale scored in the corner and with an earlier penalty for both teams, now led 13-11. They increased their lead with another three points before Kearsney scored with just two minutes remaining. Daniel du Preez scored from a lineout and Lambert converted the pressure kick from five metres in from touch, to win the game 18-16.

Northwood was the only KZN school to lose when they went down 10-28 against Wynberg at the St Stithians Festival. At King Edwards, DHS looked a better side against St Albans from Pretoria beating them 36-22. Westville had another tough game, but this time was on the right side, winning 12-8 against Eldoraigne.

St Charles is playing in the Krugersdorp Festival. It was incorrectly reported that their loss of 3-38 was against Noordheuwel. It was against Menlopark. The local boys struggled against the heavy forwards from Menlo. On Saturday they enjoyed much more ball and made better use of it scoring three tries and taking a half time 7-0 lead to a 27-0 win against hosts Krugersdorp.

The three final matches today should all be interesting. Firstly Glenwood is playing Paarl Gym. The latter did not play on Saturday, nor did Monument, citing that the two matches to be played next weekend at the Wildeklawe tournament in Kimberley will be tough.

However Grey College, EG Jansen and Glenwood are also playing in Kimberley. The main reason was that they had been pencilled in to play one another at Kearsney and as they are playing each other in Kimberley they preferred not to play on Saturday.

The penultimate game is between the improving Selborne against Monument. The heavier Monument pack will probably ensure a victory for the Krugersdorp team. The final game between Kearsney and Grey College will also be an indication of the ability of KZN schools against the best. Kearsney looks to be one of the top three in the province.

Kearsney Festival results: Glenwood 41 Nico Malan 10; EG Jansen 53 Christ’s College 12; Grey College 64 Helpmekaar 0; Selborne 40 Marais Viljoen 10; Kearsney 18 Dale 16.

Today’s fixtures at Kearsney:

08:30 EG Jansen v Dale; 09:45 Helpmekaar vs. Nico Malan; 11:00 Marais Viljoen v Christ’s College; 12:15 KZN Dev v Westville Primary; 13:15 Glenwood v Paarl Gym; 14:30 Selborne v Monument; 15:45 Grey College v Kearsney

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