Kearsney receive thumping while Westville overpower Hilton

2014-06-17 00:00

THERE were more scores that went beyond 50 at the weekend as the stronger schools stamped their authority on the KZN schoolboy rugby season.

Glenwood overpowered Northwood, College were rampant against DHS, Hilton were put to the sword by Westville, Kearsney surprisingly ran into a Michaelhouse side who made it count on the day and Clifton got a home win against St Charles.

Hilton 14 Westville 59

Fresh from their big win the previous week against Port Natal, Westville knew the encounter at Hilton was going to call on all their skill and stamina, but even they must have been flattered at the scoreline where the home side again looked out of their depth.

It was clear Westville were the dominant side as they took control early, enjoying massive advantage in the territory and possession stakes.

Clever positional and kicking play from Westville’s captain and scrumhalf Kyan Braithwaite kept the home side on the back foot as he probed the empty spaces behind the opposition to great effect, ensuring the men in black and white had to keep running back to cover and collect the ball.

Hilton players were left isolated in defence, resulting in numerous penalties for Westville which they accepted with open hands, choosing to either run the ball or kick for the corner and set up another slick move which inevitably resulted in more points on the board.

A try count of nine to two at the final whistle told the story of another tough day at the office for Hilton, where perhaps the best medicine is to get this season over and done with and focus on what next year can bring.

With Westville ahead 37-7 at the break the game was as good as over, although Hilton had been competitive.

Missed first time tackles and Westville creating space and numerous overlaps out wide meant they were always a threat and the final score proved just that in their strongest win over their Midlands rivals in many years.

Westville’s tries came from hooker Renier Pieterse, flank Adrian Heysteck, number eight Teigan Erasmus, lock Brandon Warner, centre Juan Anderson, fullback Brad Smith and prop Jordan Els, with Braithwaite adding seven conversions. Hilton’s tries came from driving efforts from the forwards who barged over and took the side to double figures.

Kearsney 7 Michaelhouse 45

Kearsney’s Old Boys’ Day celebrations were upset by the visitors who looked impressive in a dominant display.

The main focus on the day was the keen battle anticipated between Kearsney’s Craven Week half-back pairing of James Hall and Tristan Tedder squaring up against their opposite numbers and Academy Week selections Thomas Walker and Bader Pretorius.

The boys from Balgowan wanted to taste victory and they made their point early, racing to a 17-0 lead at the break.

The forwards quickly took control, allowing Pretorius to make use of clean ball with plenty time and space to get his fellow three-quarters into action.

With his kicking boots strapped on, Pretorius converted both first half tries and added a penalty to have the men in red and white comfortably ahead going into the final 35 minutes.

In the second period, Michaelhouse ran in a further four tries to a single score from Kearsney as Walker and Pretorius took complete control, having a major influence on a day when the visitors were at their sublime best.

An indication of their dominance was their final try, which resulted after Michaelhouse were awarded a scrum five metres from their own line as Kearsney pushed for a second score.

Opting to have a go, the ball went through the hands to hard running right wing Liam Furniss who made ground and initiated a series of further passes and steps over the advantage line which saw replacement wing Frank Goble round off in the left corner.

Pretorius rounded off a good afternoon’s work with seven successful kicks.

• In other matches, College travelled to DHS and continued their winning ways with a strong 52-15 win; Glenwood beat a spirited Northwood outfit 64-27 and Clifton College came away with a confidence-boosting 13-5 win against St Charles.

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