Howick win with big margin

2010-03-16 00:00

THERE were some surprising results and a good day at the Wartburg Sports Festival where all the rugby games were tightly contested, with the Howick win of 25 points the biggest winning margin. It appears that the competition among the top sides is going to be fierce.


Durban Boys' High vs Maritzburg College

This was the 183rd match between the two schools since DHS started rugby in 2010. Their centenary of rugby was against their oldest rivals Maritzburg College and for the occasion, they wore a plain blue jersey with black socks and the numbers on their backs, as they were in 1910, from one at fullback to 15, the loosehead prop.

DHS came out firing, motivated by the lights and the moment. Points in the first half were all from penalties but the feature­ was the huge up and unders by fullback Mbenbe Payi who put College under pressure.

He converted the first long-range penalty and then flyhalf Brendon Cope put over three. This was countered by three penalties by College flyhalf Keelin Bastew, for DHS to lead 12-9 at the break.

There was more rugby in the second half as College adjusted to the lights and began moving the ball. By keeping it in hand, they gradually got on top and two tries, both converted by Bastew, put College­ into a 23-12 lead. The first went to scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and then flank Penwel Shezi showed some pace to outstrip the defence, and when he was tackled, he passed inside to supporting lock Lungelo Chonco, who dived over.

DHS showed lots of mettle to come back with a try after Payi had dropped from the DHS 22-metre line into the College 22-metre area and a forward drive ended with scrum half Jason Buchner going over. Bastew and Cope traded penalties, which left College 26-20 in front. Another penalty by Bastew ensured that DHS would have to score twice to win the game, but it was College prop and captain Jandre Jacobs who scored, also converted by Bastew for the 36-20 win.


Kearsney vs Westville

With the possession they had and thrusts made at the line, Kearsney were not as bad as the final scoreline of 37-7 suggests. Westville made better opportunity of the chances they got, whereas Kearsney battled to put points on the board.

In the first half, a brace of tries by flyhalf Duncan Campbell, one from an intercept as well as a penalty and conversion of flank Ntanda Mpungose’s try from a rolling maul, gave Westville 20 points at the break. Kearsney scored their only points just before half-time when the forwards bashed at the tryline from a lineout with prop Mathew Jones barging over. Warren Seals converted for the home side to trail 7-20.

Kearsney then dominated the first third of the second half but they could not score. From their own 22-metre area­, a pass from scrumhalf Dwayne Kelly, under pressure, found left wing Keegan Boulle, who ran 80 metres down the touchline, evading the defence with an inside-outside swerve, to score in the corner.

A cross-kick from Campbell was not fielded by wing Steve Neveling, but the ball fortuitously bounced off his boot and he dived on it just before the dead- ball line. Then there was a repeat of the third try, when a maul from a lineout resulted in Mpungose scoring his second and Campbell converting his second for the 37-7 win.


Glenwood vs Voortrekker

Voortrekker have had a tough start to the season, first against Kearsney and then Glenwood, the top KZN schools in 2009. Scoring 13 tries made it difficult for Vories to remain positive, but they did try. Outside centre Mandli Ntshingila scored a hat trick of tries and debutante and wing Siyabonga Tom converted 10 of them for a 75-5 win, from being 33-0 up at half-time.The lone Voortrekker try was scored by an interception by wing Sipho Zulu. Last week Voortrekker scored one try, also with an interception, but they are obviously lacking in the necessary skills to take on the major schools, having conceded 141 points in the two matches­.


George Campbell vs Michaelhouse

Michaelhouse scored two early tries, both by centre Patrick Howard, one converted, to lead 12-3 at half-time, but scrappy play and some good defence by George Campbell made expansive play on the narrow field difficult. James Hitchcock at fullback and Austin Lockington at outside centre scored two late tries to the relief of the visitors, both converted, to make the final score 26-12. All Campbell points came from penalties.


Howick vs Durban Academy

Other than an early penalty by Durban Academy when they led 3-0, Howick­ dominated the exchanges. Handing errors kept the scoring attempts to a minimum.

Brian Kuntz put Howick on level terms with a penalty and then wing Mazwi Buthelezi went over for a try in the corner for an 8-3 lead at the drinks break.

Kuntz added his second penalty early in the second half and then in the space of five minutes flank Gareth Stead scored two tries, the first after a forward rush and the second with good interpassing, with Kunst converting the first, to increase the lead to 23-3.

The scoring was completed by prop Johan Maree who barged over from a five-metre penalty for Howick to win 28-3.

Alexandra vs Grosvenor

Alex showed last week, against Carter, that their rugby is improving and at the Wartburg Festival, after an even three quarters of the game, they came through in the last 15 minutes to win the game against Grosvenor, because of superior fitness. At the break the scores were level at three all.

Grosvenor went ahead with a converted try but Alex replied almost immediately as fullback Sadu Ngxonge scored, converted by Shaine Mtshali, to make it 10 all. A few minutes later, wing Xola Majola ran down the touch line and rounded a tiring defence, to dot down for another easy conversion by Mtshali, for their 17-10 win.


Wartburg vs Kingsway

A young Wartburg side in a rebuilding phase did well to beat Kingsway 13-6. Although Haydn van der Merwe converted the try scored by centre Neil Frenzel and two penalties, the score could have been better if he had converted the five kicks that he missed.

Results (home side first):

Hilton 38 St Charles 0 (reported as Match of the Day in yesterday’s Witness); DHS 20 Maritzburg College 36; Kearsney 7 Westville 37; Glenwood 75 Voortrekker 5; George Campbell 12 Michaelhouse 26; Richardsbaai 10 Northwood 33; Empangeni 21 Northwood II 0; Hillcrest 5 Michaelhouse II 27; Glenwood II 45 Pinetown 10; At Wartburg: Howick 28 Durban Academy 3; Alexandra 17 Grosvenor 10; Wartburg 13 Kingsway 6; Carter 0 Kloof 14; Linpark 0 New Forest 6; Ixopo 8 St Henrys 15; Greytown 19 Werda 17.

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