Handling errors abound in early-season games

2011-03-29 00:00

THE second Saturday of the schools’ rugby season brought some surprising results. Among the major schools, Maritzburg College, Kearsney and Westville all posted comparatively big scores. The College game was reported in yesterday’s Witness as “Match of the day”, which they won 32-0 against DHS.

Kearsney vs Hilton

This was perhaps the biggest surprise with Kearsney winning 42-0. Although visitors Hilton had already played two matches, they did not appear ready for the match, as Kearsney dominated most of the exchanges.

Early-season games are usually interspersed with many mistakes and this was no exception as Kearsney could have scored more if their handling had been better. With the Kearsney players showing more physicality, the home side dominated both territory and possession, as Hilton spent most of the game defending.

At half-time Kearsney led 13-0 where white-line fever had seen a number of tries left behind. James Lambert scored two penalties and converted flank Jean-Luc du Preez’s try.

In the second half, Lambert again opened the scoring with an early penalty before another four tries were scored. The first by centre Sandile Kubeka, then by lock Daniel du Preez (twin brother of Jean-Luc), wing Lambert squeezed over in the corner and the final try was scored by prop forward Matthew Jones. The only try not converted was the try Lambert scored in the corner.

Mention must be made of the unique situation of three Du Preez brothers, sons of former Springbok scrumhalf Robert du Preez, in the Kearsney side. The twins are in their first year in the side but older brother Robert played scrumhalf last year. He has moved to flyhalf this year and was instrumental in keeping Hilton under pressure.

Westville vs Michaelhouse

This was another game interspersed with handling errors by both teams. The visitors were guilty of kicking away too much possession. Westville won 32-10 as they appeared better prepared than their visitors.

Westville went into a 14-0 lead and looked to be taking the game away, but Michaelhouse came back strongly towards the end of the first half to score an unconverted try by Stephan Hartman. The two earlier tries were both scored by centre Tyler Fisher, and converted by Cameron Wright.

The second half started with two penalties by Cameron, followed by a try by Drew Johnston, making the score 20-10. Immediately following the Michaelhouse try, Westville struck back scoring their third try to left-wing Keegan Bull. This was not converted and Westville increased their lead to 25-10.

The visiting team seemed to run out of steam towards the end of the game and lock Peter Woodroffe of Westville scored the last try, which was converted by Wright for the 32-10 win.

Voortrekker vs St Charles

The final game played at the Voortrekker Sports Festival between Vories and St Charles, was a disappointment for the Vories supporters, as it was won 18-0 by St Charles. The match went pointless for the first half, despite St Charles having the greater amount of possession.

St Charles came out more positively in the second half and went into a 6-0 lead following two penalties by Burton Weakley. This was followed shortly after by flyhalf Weakley scoring under the posts, which he converted, to lead 13-0 after 12 minutes into the half. Just before the final whistle, wing Byron Coetzee scored in the corner for their 18 points.

Treverton vs Grantleigh

The game got off to a slow start with both sides trading penalties. Grantleigh then scored a converted try which caused the game to liven up. The home team soon replied when fullback Van der Westhuysen scored in the corner.

Treverton trailed 8-10 at the break, but then dominated the second half scoring another three tries without reply. Corfield, Keys and Seoe dotted down with Nolan kicking the two penalties and converting two tries for a 30-10 win.

OTHER RESULTS (home side first)

George Campbell 7 Northwood 10; Grosvenor 0 Carter 34; St Henrys 17 Scottburgh 3; Greenside 0 Hillcrest 42; St Charles II 11 Howick 18.

At Voortrekker: Ixopo 7 Durban Academy 0; Port Natal 29 Ladysmith 5; Weston 12 Empangeni 0; Kingsway 13 Kokstad 10; Greytown 54 Durban North 0; Sarel Cilliers 20 Kuswag 10; Richardsbaai 7 Dundee 5; KZN Development 10 Wartburg 3; Pionier 29 Driehoek 7

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