Maritzburg College establish turf dominance over battling Kearsney

2010-03-22 00:00

THE match between Maritzburg College and Kearsney on Goldstones had been keenly awaited and there was a good crowd around the field. Unfortunately, the weather did not play ball and had some effect on the match, which College deservedly won 29-10.

In the first half, a strong wind blew diagonally across the field. This heralded a summer storm, but fortunately the lightning was far away and the ground was only affected by the edge of the storm. There was enough rain to send most of the spectators scurrying for cover.

Underfoot, conditions became slippery for the players and handling difficult; play became less structured in the second half, allowing Kearsney back into the game. It was also dark and on a few occasions the ball was passed to a player in the opposite team.

College laid the foundations for a win in the first half as they had scored three unanswered tries to lead 17-0 at the break.

The College pack held a slight dominance and this enabled the home side to establish a clear territorial advantage. The few times Kearsney did attack the College line, they were repelled by good defence.

When play loosened up in the second half, mainly due to the conditions, Kearsney were able to assert more authority and scored two tries.

The first try came after 10 minutes when College captain and loosehead prop Jandre Jacobs was assisted by his forwards to drive over. Keelin Bastew conver­ted. After Kearsney had pressured the College line, a breakaway from the College 22-metre area ended in centre Sibusiso Majola dotting down. With four minutes remaining of the first half, a simple line movement saw wing L. Sithole beating the cover to score and leave College 17-0 at the break.

College forced a five metre scrum five minutes into the second half and eighth man Dean Mullis dived over for College’s fourth try.

To Kearsney’s credit, they kept trying and they were rewarded with a quick try from lock Asante Ndizana. The score remained 22-5 for most of the half as conditions deteriorated.

In the 30th minute, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, who had a very good game, scored from behind a ruck close to the tryline, and this time Bastew coped with the wind to add the extra points.

In the final minute, College lost the ball at a line-out and flank Cullen Collopy was first to the loose ball to give Kearsney 10 points.

OTHER AVAILABLE SCORES Glenwood 7 St Andrews 20; Voortrekker 5 Ladysmith 0; Pionier 61 Port Natal 0; Kingsway 7 Kokstad 3; Greytown 39 Ixopo 7; Weston 12 Dundee 6; Wartburg 13 Durban Academy 0; Kuswag 18 KZN Development 5

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