Gym’s giant killers humble Grey

2012-04-07 00:00

THE groundsmen provided a field like a carpet for the first day of the Kearsney rugby festival and the teams who came from all over SA responded with a high standard of play.

Kearsney 10 - 5 Sel-borne

The first match of the festival, early in the morning with some dew on the grass, was perhaps the reason for this game being riddled with errors. Poor handling, missed passes and kickers not finding their mark led to a scrappy game. All the points were scored in the first half.

Kearsney’s Dean Seals scored the opening try of the game, when he capitalised on some poor passing by the East London side, Sandile Kubeka added the conversion to add to an earlier penalty for the hosts to lead 10-0.

Selborne closed off the half, scoring their try when a little chip over the defence allowed centre Qhayiya Mginyana to score. Both teams had chances in the second half, but some good defensive tackles and missed passes prevented any further score.

Affies 19 -15 EG Jansen

It was a tightly contested game with EG Jansen staying in touch due to numerous penalties given away by Affies. At half time the score was locked at 12 all.

EG Jansen went up 6-0 with a penalty by Christian Meyer and a long range one by Estian Enslin. Affies replied with a try when their captain and prop Pierre Schoeman drove over. This was converted by Ryno Eksteen. Two more penalties one each by Meyer and Enslin put them back into a 12-7 lead. On the stroke of half time Schoeman again scored to equalise the scores.

EG Jansen went back into a 15-12 lead with another Meyer penalty. This they held as Affies were pressurised into making mistakes when on attack.

With time running out, Affies were awarded a kickable penalty, but they backed themselves and from the tap, Schoeman scored his hat-trick, converted by Eksteen for a 19-15 win.

Paarl Gym 45 - 29 Grey College

This was a magnificent game of schoolboy rugby, which was blown by the World Cup’s top referee Craig Joubert. It was an upset as Grey lost their three-year unbeaten record, but it was a high intensity match with long passes done at speed which send play from touchline to touchline. The side from the Cape, probably Grey’s biggest rivals, took advantage of all the points that were available.

Midway in the first half Gimmies were leading 23-7 after flyhalf and captain Handré Pollard had scored 18 points with the opening try and two conversions and two penalties and a drop kick. Grey had replied with a try by No. 8 Reinhard Arndt converted by Arrie Vosloo.

Grey did not panic and at half time had the gap narrowed to 19-26. Pollard added another penalty and Grey had scored two tries — one each by flanks Gareth de Bruyn and Marius Louw. One was converted by Vosloo.

In the second half Paarl scored three more tries by scrumhalf Lotter Pretorius, wing Wion Robertse and centre HP Momsen.

Two tries were converted by Pollard to give him a personal tally of 22 points. A try and penalty to Grey made the final score 45-29. Grey’s try was scored by wing Lezar Marnewick, converted by Vosloo with a penalty for their 29 points.

Dale 11 - 10 Westville

The Dale backline had to be watched closely as they were quick to react after any mistake by Westville.

Dale went up 11-0 after two penalties by scrumhalf Akhona Sihuna and a try by flyhalf Luke Masasaire following some effective passing down the line.

The second half saw Westville dominating more with the forwards and preventing Dale from getting too much ball. The KZN side missed a couple of penalties and the conversions of the two tries, which would have given them a win.

Flank Andre de la Rey scored the first try and prop Nqoba Mxoli drove over for the second.

Paul Roos 43 - 20 Queens

In this tight match Queens made mistakes early on that were pounced on by the Stellenbosch lads. Three tries in the first half saw them leading 24-6 at the break.

The first try was scored by wing Luhann de Kock, with a brace of tries scored by centre Daniel du Plessis. Flyhalf Jason Worral added a penalty and three conversions. Queens’ points came from two penalties by flyhalf Josh Stander.

Worral scored and converted an early try in the second period followed by another by centre Michael Hazner also converted by Worral to take a commanding 38-6 lead. Queens did not lie down and they were awarded a penalty try and scored the final try through flyhalf Stander. Wing de Kock scored his second for the convincing win by Paul Roos.

Glenwood 25 - 18 Mo-nument

The final game of the day had many local supporters cheering for the “Green Machine”, and they produced a better performance than they did at the recent Pukke festival.

Siyabonga Tom gave Glenwood a 6-3 lead with two penalties against one converted by Jaco van der Walt for Monnas.

A mistake by the Gauteng side led to a try by centre Nkululeko Marwana, converted by Tom, to put Glenwood into a 13-6 lead. Wing Corné Vermaak scored a well-worked try, again converted by Tom.

It was going to be difficult for Monument to get back into the game, but this they did. Lock Jordaan Uys and wing Sheldon Bester scored in quick succession, one converted by Van der Walt.

Glenwood lifted their game for the final few minutes and Dylan Coulson’s neat chip over the defensive line was handled well by wing Sphamandla Ngcobo, who dotted down in the corner to give Glenwood a massive boost and a 25-18 win.

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