KZN teams battle in windy Port Elizabeth at Powerade Grey HS Festival

2010-03-31 00:00

THE KZN sides down in Port Elizabeth at the Powerade Grey HS Festival are still battling to play in the windy conditions. They generally play much better into the wind, but have not used the gusts to their advantage. As on the first day, only one side won with the other two losing.

Maritzburg College registered their first win, 29-20, against Daniel Pienaar, with Michaelhouse losing 7-16 against Framesby, and Hilton lost 11-16 against hosts Grey HS.

It was a stop-start affair with College playing disciplined, controlled rugby in the first half against Daniel Pienaar, who had beaten Michaelhouse on Saturday, but they lost it in the second half.

They did concede a soft try, but scored two tries to lead 10-8 at half-time. Wing Mzo Mbona scored in the fourth minute and then he scored his second when College mauled from a lineout and the ball went blind to Mbona, who went over.

Play in the second half degenerated as College, kicking with the wind behind them, played poorly and too many mistakes made keeping the ball in hand difficult.

College opened the scoring in the second half as they had done at the beginning, when flank Jason Klaasen picked up from a heel against the head by College and dived over for a third try. Keelin Bastew converted to take College into a 17-8 lead. Daniel Pienaar came back immediately, scoring their second try to narrow the gap to 13-17.

Midway through the half, Pienaar scored another try, this time converted to take a 20-17 lead. This spurred College to greater effort and reserve flyhalf Marco Pennesi scored. This put College back into a 22-20 lead. Pressure told in the final minutes when from a defensive scrum, a Daniel Pienaar kick was charged down by Klaasen and he was first to dot down. Bastew converted and College had won a scrappy encounter 29-20.

Michaelhouse, playing into the wind in the first half, did well. They ran with purpose and showed good pace to have Framesby worried. It was a try apiece in the half, and with Thys Albertse converting the try scored by wing Eric Wiehe-Lagesse, Michaelhouse looked good when they led 7-6. A mistake that was exploited by Framesby to counterattack put them into an 11-7 lead at the break.

The KZN side should have scored early in the second half, but another mistake saw Framesby score their second try. From then on it was Michaelhouse attacking, but unable to score.

Again they were disappointed to have gone down 7-16, where field territory gained and ball possession should have ended in a win.

Hilton started poorly with the wind against them in the first half. Grey made good use of the wind and starved Hilton of the ball. They rattled up 16 points in the first half, while Hilton had to be purely defenders.

The second half was far better for the local boys and they came back showing a lot of guts. Using short lineouts and running the ball at the Grey defenders saw the game swing their way. Emile Schwarz scored in the corner after a good line movement. Jarryd Warner and Mark Landey each landed a penalty for Hilton to score 11 points in the half without Grey adding to their tally.

Hilton put Grey under tremendous pressure in the last few minutes and went over for a try, but they were brought back by the referee for a forward pass, apparently a dubious call. So the game ended with a relieved home side winning 16-11.

Scores in brief: Louis Botha 30 Itembelihle 14; SACS 23 Graeme 20; Maritzburg College 29 Daniel Pienaar 20; Framesby 16 Michaelhouse 11; Grey HS 16 Hilton 11

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