Good weekend rugby played on cooler, autumn day

2011-05-03 00:00

IT was a glorious autumn day on Saturday­ and rugby players must have enjoyed playing in the cooler conditions. Westville did well to beat Kearsney 15-12, but the final result could have gone the other way.


Westville vs Kearsney

This was expected to be a tight contest and so it was, but the Westville legs lasted better, despite both sides having played last Monday.

It could be that Grey College took more out of Kearsney than the Italian­ side, Viadana, did against Westville.

Westville was the better side on the day. Their physical approach just did not allow Kearsney the space that they wanted and although heavily penalised, Westville did create more try-scoring opportunities. In the tight phases Westville had the better of their visitors, but Kearsney did throw away some opportunities they had.

At half-time Kearsney led 9-7 after James Lambert had converted three penalties. Tyler Fisher scored under the crossbar, after a good movement following Westville keeping possession through a number of phases. The conversion by Dylan Marcus gave Westville the seven points.

Keegan Boulle scored in the left corner to take Westville into the lead. Lambert landed his fourth penalty for the sides to draw level at 12 all. Cameron Wright then converted a penalty for Westville to go ahead again.

Kearsney then had a further three attempts at the poles from penalties, but they were all missed and this gave Westville a 15-12 win.

Michaelhouse vs St Charles

Very little rugby can be played without good ball possession and so it happened at Michaelhouse that St Charles players tackled and tackled, as Michaelhouse starved the visitors of the ball. To their credit St Charles kept the Michaelhouse lead to 12 points at the break. Only later in the second half did St Charles begin winning more ball, but it was too late and they lost 8-27.

Burton Weakley converted a penalty­ to go with two tries scored, one converted by Michaelhouse in the first half. Michaelhouse moved the ball swiftly through the hands, giving wing Cameron Macaskill room to use his pace to score in the corner. Thys Albertse caught St Charles napping from a free kick close to the tryline and he nipped over for a try, which he converted.

Michaelhouse went further ahead when fullback Gordon Loubser created­ the overlap to score out wide. A penalty by Albertse and a conversion of the second try by flank Joshua Moon gave the home side their 27 points. St Charles scored a try after loose forward William Holder had run 40 metres oustripping the cover defence to score. Weakley hit the post with the conversion and St Charles had just eight points to show for their efforts.


Treverton vs Development XV

Both teams showed good defence in the first half, but the Development lads gave away unnecessary penalties. Kendall Nolan converted three of them and added two points for the try scored by Etian van Zuydam from an intercept to give Treverton a 16-0 lead at the break.

Two further tries to Corfield and Kays in the second half, both converted by Nolan, gave Treverton a 30-0 win. The Development side came close to scoring on occasions, but a mistake in the final pass prevented them putting points on the board.


Glenwood vs EG Jansen (in Kimberley)

Glenwood is at the Wildeklawe Festival being hosted by Diamant- veld­ in Kimberley and they played EG Jansen, who had lost two of the three games played at the Kearsney Festival. Both sides struggled to keep the ball in hand initially, but it was Jansen that scored a try first. This galvanised Glenwood to play better and they replied almost immediately when flank Jacques Meintjies scored. Simphiwe Shezi missed the conversion but added a penalty for the KZN side to lead 8-5. Centre Nkululeko Marwana scored their second try, this time converted, pushing the lead to 15-5. Jansen replied with a penalty and a goal to level the scores before Glenwood scored their third try on the stroke of half time by wing C. Geldenhuys and with the conversion successful led 22-15 at the break.

EG Jansen came back scoring in the corner and with a conversion, drew level again at 22 all. Much of the play was centred between the two 22-metre lines until Glenwood broke the shackles and scored two tries against the tiring opposition. Siyabonga­ Tom scored in the corner and then number eight, Swart, scored under the poles for an easy conversion to give Glenwood a satisfying 34-22 win.


Hilton 12 Maritzburg College 37(reported as ‘Match of the Day’ on Monday); Westville 15 Kearsney 12; Michaelhouse 27 St Charles 8; Treverton 30 Development XV 0; Glenwood 34 EG Jansen 22.

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