Great rugby at Hilton as hosts beat Kearsney 24-15 in wintry conditions

2010-04-26 00:00

TRUE wintry conditions, an international referee and two sides that wanted to play competitive rugby led to a good afternoon’s entertainment for the warmly clad spectators at Hilton on Saturday afternoon, where the hosts beat Kearsney 24-15.

Craig Joubert, free from a Super 14 game, also relished the much more relaxed atmosphere and he gave far fewer penalties in comparison with other recent school games.

It was a match in which the Hilton forwards dominated the scrums, and their loose forwards had the better in the loose play. The lineouts were more even, and Hilton held a slight advantage in the first half, but Kearsney won their fair share, and a crucial Hilton ball, in the second half.

At the end of an even first half, Hilton led 7-5, with a try to both sides and with both kickers having missed two penalties.

Flank Guy Alexander opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he stormed through under the poles. Jarryd Wernars added the two points with the conversion.

Four minutes later, Kearsney eighth man Gareth Reece Edwards emerged from a ruck and ran 30 metres down the touchline to score in the corner. The try was not converted and after another 20 minutes and the two missed penalties, the sides crossed without further addition.

After two missed penalties by Hilton, Andrew Hollands succeeded for Kearsney to put the visitors into an 8-7 lead. This spurred the Hilton forwards to a greater effort and they camped on the Kearsney line before No. 8 Dawid Swart dived over from a ruck. Replacement scrumhalf Jason Matthews converted.

Hilton’s attacking in midfield had caused the Kearsney forwards to be sucked in, so when the ball emerged it was passed down the line and scrumhalf Mark Landey, now at fullback, received the ball with an open line in front of him. The conversion was missed, but Hilton led 19-8.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Kearsney flyhalf Sibonela Kubeka used some good footwork, to score under the crossbar. Warren Seals converted.

Luke Purdon scored Hilton’s final try. The kick, from almost in front, again went wide, but it mattered little as Hilton had won 24-15.

Other available scores: Michaelhouse 17 St Charles 10; KES 32 DHS 14; Paarl BHS 11 Glenwood 9; Northwood 16 Jeppe 16; Westville 42 Parktown 8; Howick 14 Pongola 10; Clifton 25 Grantleigh 3; Kuswag 20 Voortrekker 15

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