Kearsney Rugby Festival give home supporters a pleasing final

2013-04-02 00:00

THE final day of a very successful Kearsney Rugby Festival, filled with some exhilarating tries, plenty of running rugby and some huge forward exchanges left a good feeling about the rugby produced by some of South Africa’s best young players.

The two sides that were unbeaten over the three games were Paarl Gym and Outeniqua.

Westville took a hiding in their first two games but came back with a win while Kearsney finished with a great performance.

Westville 47 Framesby 3

After the high-scoring first game this game was a much tighter affair in the first half. A rising wind helped Framesby’s Ernst Stapelberg to kick a 50-metre penalty.

There was just one try in the first half when Westville, playing into the breeze scored in the final minute.

Centre Brad Ellse made the break and passed outside to Jason Wilks, who rounded the defence to dot down with Louis Snyman converting to give Westville a 7-3 lead at half-time.

Westville using the wind in the second half camped in the Framesby half. The latter seemed to lose heart as Westville piled on the points.

The Westville forwards dominated in the tight phases winning plenty of ball. Six tries were scored, two from lineout drives and when eigth man Tyron Jackson and lock Raymond Jardine were driven over in mauls.

Flank Wiehan Prinsloo scored the first try five minutes into the half.

Hard-running centre Ellse scored the second and Reece McHardy the third after receiving a flip pass from tackled Keegan Paverd.

The final try was an individual effort by wing Kyle Lubbe, who used his blistering pace to beat the defence in a 60 metre run down the right touchline and score under the poles.

Snyman added the extra points for a 47-3 whipping of Framesby.

Outeniqua 22 Grey College 20

Billed as one of the school matches of the season, this clash lived up to expectations.

Grey, using a blustery wind in the first half, led 20-12 at the break, but in the second half Outeniqua was able to maintain the pressure and was unlucky not to score more than the two tries.

Outeniqua’s flyhalf Dewald Human scored the final try, a brilliant individual effort which left the Grey defence grasping at thin air and put the SWD team into the lead. They hung on to this lead until the final whistle. The unpredictable Human made numerous breaks that showed the difference between the two teams, with Grey the more structured but predictable pack.

Glenwood 12 Paarl Gym 40

The score may not suggest it, but this was a very attractive game with play swinging from one end to the other.

Paarl Gym was pure class and their pace and superb handling gave them the advantage. Glenwood did not give up and managed to score twice.

Paarl scored three converted tries in the first half, with scrumhalf Brendan Nel scoring the first.

The second try came from a counter attack when Glenwood made a mistake in Paarl’s 22-metre area and flyhalf Walter Smit dotted down.

A wonderful side step by wing Grant Hermanus led to the third try, with all three converted by Wyatt Murphy. Just before the break, Glenwood wing Sparky Ngcobo’s direct running resulted in a try in the corner to leave the KZN side trailing 5-21.

In the second half PG scored another three tries with Glenwood getting over for their second try.

Prop DJ van Niekerk, centre Ryan Oosthuizen and wing Gareth Cilliers all scored, with Murphy slotting the first two.

Glenwood wing Corné Vermaak made a good break passing to flyhalf, who got over the line. Vermaak converted for Glenwood’s 12 points.

Kearsney 33 Boland Landbou 13

The final game of the festival was between the home side and the farmers from the Boland.

It was a battle in the first half with Kearsney defending well.

Until five minutes from half time, the only score was two penalties by Boland flyhalf Tian Nel.

In the 25th minute, Kearsney attacked and the ball moved through a number of hands to reach fullback Chris Lines, who ran 30 metres to score. An easy conversion then went wide. From the kick-off Landbou stormed back and wing Henno Meyer scored in the right corner to be well converted by Nel for Boland Landbou to lead 13-5 going into the second half.

The half was just four minutes old when Tristan Tedder, having just come onto the field, made a break down the middle. He was tackled just short of the try line but found support from prop Biaggo Pelliccia, who crashed over under the cross bar.

Tedder converted and Kearsney was just a point behind. Matt Reece-Edwards then put the home side in front for the first time, dotting down under the posts and with Tedder’s conversion Kearsney led 19-13.

Kearsney’s tails were up and they played the better rugby with their fourth try coming in the 21st minute, when hooker Jordan Meaker won a tighthead 10 metres out and wing Thuthu Ndlovu dived over for the try close to the touch in goal.

Tedder converted for the lead to extend to 26-13. It was not finished and eightman Ayron Schramm scored the final try with two minutes remaining — again converted by Tedder for the 33-13 win.

It was a fitting end for the home supporters. At the awards ceremony, the Sharks Academy bursaries were awarded to Wandile Mazibuko (Glenwood flank), Rikus Bothma (Paarl Gym eightman), Sarel Roux (Boland Landbou lock) and Matt Reece-Edwards (Kearsney scrumhalf).

Other results:

EG Jansen 73 Nico Malan 24.

Paul Roos 17 Selborne 17.

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