Kearsney pip brave St Charles

2008-05-06 00:00

The most exciting encounter of the weekend was Michaelhouse’s last-gasp 21-18 win over Hilton College. St Charles put up a brave fight in losing by seven points to Kearsney College while, in Japan, Glenwood swept to victory in an international tournament.

Michaelhouse’s injury-time penalty earned them a 21-18 win over hosts Hilton — reported as “Match of the day” in yesterday’s Witness — and in the only other match played locally this weekend Kearsney hosted

St Charles and won 18-11.

Kearsney vs St Charles. Kearsney had raised their game last week against Michaelhouse, but on Saturday battled to subdue St Charles, who raised their game and were very competitive in going down 11-18.

The tight phases were even, both teams winning their ball, but the St Charles loose forwards were the stronger at the breakdown. Both sides were guilty of making vital mistakes, which prevented the game from really flowing, but there was an exciting finish and the visitors came close to causing a big upset.

At the break, Kearsney led 7-6, after flank Matthew Sprague scored from the back of a line-out, converted by Warren Seals. Jaco Potgieter converted two penalties for St Charles.

Seals then increased the Kearsney lead with a penalty only for St Charles to take the lead after a magnificent individual try by fullback Potgieter. He sidestepped his way through a number of defenders and then broke inside and stepped outside the fullback to dive over. He missed the conversion, but had put his side into a slender 11-10 lead.

Kearsney camped in the St Charles half and with a few minutes remaining were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which was duly converted by Seals for the home side to lead 13-11. Then in the last minute, a line-out was forced from a penalty and the ball was swung quickly to right wing Ross Dekker who went over in the corner for the 18-11 win.

Glenwood in Japan. Glenwood were awarded the privilege by the South African Rugby Union of representing South Africa at the ninth annual Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament in Japan. They left South Africa last Saturday arriving in Kyushu on Sunday. Their first match was on Tuesday, followed a day later with the second game. They then had a rest day before their last pool match on Friday.

The Japanese opponents were dispatched relatively easily during the first and third matches, with Glenwood winning them 40-5 and 69-0, respectively. The second match against the top-ranked English school, St Benedicts, was tough, as they were not at their best after the first match. In the dying seconds of the game, Glenwood scored to win 12-10.

The semi-final against Gisborne Boys’ from New Zealand was a titanic struggle. Two tries to one gave them victory by 15 points to eight. John-Roy Jenkinson scored the first and JP Lafond the second. Storm Pearton was successful with one conversion and a penalty.

In the final, they played Tarbes HS from France, who had beaten St Edmunds from Australia in the other semi-final. The result was an overwhelming 59-0 win for the Durban boys.

They join Grey College who were winners in the second tournament in 2001, beating St Peters from New Zealand, and Boland Landbou who won the following year with a win against Sendai Ikuei HS from Japan. Paul Roos were the runners-up in the inaugural event in 2000 losing to Kings School from Australia. In 2006, Monument lost in the final against Christchurch BHS from New Zealand.

DHS at Queens College Festival. DHS were disappointing after a good start to their season. They lost all three matches last week. The first was a 10-33 loss to the hosts, where they were guilty of running across the field and squandering much of the possession they had against Queens. In the second game, they lost 10-27 against Selborne, due in the main to the all-round ability of the Selborne side.

On the final day they played St Andrews from Grahamstown. Both teams had lost the first two matches, St Andrews to KES and Sacs. It was expected that DHS would win this one. However, they were very lacklustre, losing 12-36 to a more motivated XV.

Co-ed Festival in Johannesburg. The 10 KwaZulu-Natal schools that participated in this annual two-match festival against 10 Johannesburg schools, hosted by Northcliff, came home with a mixed set of results.

Wartburg and Carter were the only two local schools participating, with the others from the Durban area. Not all the results have been forthcoming.

Wartburg were very pleased with their wins against Randpark by 24-22 and then Sandringham against whom they won 34-26, with Jens Hillermann scoring a personal tally of 26 points.

Carter lost their first match 12-20 against Glenvista. They played with more fire in their second game, beating Mondeor 28-10.

All available results

Hilton 18 Michaelhouse 21; Kearsney 18 St Charles 11; Creston 15 Suid Natal 7; DHS 10 Queens 33; DHS 10 Selborne 27; DHS 12 St Andrews 36; Glenwood 40 Fushimi 5; Glenwood 12 St Benedicts 10; Glenwood 69 Ryutsu Keizai 0; Glenwood 15 Gisborne 8; Wartburg 24 Randpark 22; Carter 12 Glen Vista 20; Kloof 39 Westridge 3; Hillcrest 22 Northcliff 24; Wartburg 34 Sandringham 26; Carter 28 Mondeor 10; George Campbell 19 Randpark 9; Glenwood 59 Tabres (France) 0.

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