KZN Schools — Westville, DHS — both win on Saturday

2011-04-26 00:00

WITH all schools on holiday over the Easter weekend there was just one match last week when Maritzburg College played the touring New Zealand school Christ’s College from Christchurch.

The schools that played at four different festivals over the weekend have already been mentioned in reports. Glenwood and Kearsney played at the Blythedale Coastal Resorts Easter Festival where they both won their first two matches. Glenwood played against Christ’s College and Nico Malan, and Kearsney also played against Nico Malan and Dale.

Westville and Durban High School (DHS) are at the King Edward VII School (Kes) festival. Both lost on the first day, Westville by a point against St Andrews from Grahamstown and DHS against King Edwards.

On Saturday both KwaZulu-Natal schools won: Westville against Eldoraigne and DHS had a good win against St Albans.

Northwood has been at St Stithians, but they have not been very successful. Losing on Thursday against hosts St Stithians, but just by a point, they then lost against Wynberg by four tries to one.

St Charles College has been at Krugersdorp, the Cinderella of the Easter festivals. In their first match they lost 3-38 against a heavy Menlopark team and in the second game they had a good win against Krugersdorp.

The match on Goldstones was not ideal as the field was still very muddy following the tough match in the rain against Pretoria Boys’ High School on Saturday. Playing just two days later was perhaps expecting too much as the College team was lethargic and leaden-footed.

Their scrumming was good, but Christ College were beaten in the line-outs and to the loose ball, and it had not helped that Maritzburg College had scored three quick tries by Stefan Ungerer and a brace by Lwazi Sithole. They then seemed to relax, but did close the half with a further try by Byron Piccione, to lead 26-0 at half-time.

As the second half wore on, so College legs wearied and the New Zealanders in turn got stronger. Their ball retention was good and College had to defend strongly as the visitors went through long

periods on attack. Fortunately the game had virtually been won early on and despite Christ’s College scoring two converted tries in the second half, Daniel Kriel got over for the final try to give College a 33-14 win.

KZN schools’ scores at the festivals: Kearsney 42 Nico Malan 12; Glenwood 20 Christ’s College 0; DHS 6 KES 41; Westville 12 St Andrews 13; Northwood 12 St Stithians 13; St Charles 3 Menlopark 38. Glenwood 41 Nico Malan 10; Kearsney 18 Dale 16; DHS 36 St Albans 22; Westville 12 Eldoraigne 8; Northwood 10 Wynberg 28; St Charles 27 Krugersdorp.

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