Michaelhouse and Kearsney currently KZN’s top rugby teams

2012-05-15 00:00

KEARSNEY and Michaelhouse, after their victories on Saturday, have established themselves as the two top sides in the province at this stage, but there are still a number of matches to be played. Both their games were won in the last few minutes, a pattern that has prevailed this year, showing the closeness of the top teams.

Glenwood 14 Kearsney 20

The home side again started badly, and if Kearsney had not missed a number of penalties, they would have been even further behind than the 3-13 they were at the break. Line outs were evenly contested but in the scrums,Glenwood had the upper hand. Both teams had opportunities that were not taken, as silly mistakes at crucial times prevented tries from being scored.

Glenwood’s Siyabonga Tom opened the scoring with a penalty, but it was Kearsney that was playing most of the rugby. Flyhalf Tristan Tedder danced his way through the Glenwood defence for the first try, and Sandile Kubeka converted. He then kicked two penalties for Kearsney to lead 13-3.

For the first 10 minutes of the second half, Glenwood had total dominance. Scrum half Mtokosizi Mkhabela darted through for Glenwood’s first try within the first minute. Tom had an easy conversion, and then with Glenwood on attack, they were awarded two penalties, which Tom converted to take the lead to 14-13 with 24 minutes remaining.

Kearsney gradually began dominating play again, but they could not score.

With two minutes remaining, prop Jonno Deighton received a short pass from a ruck, and used his weight to power over. Kubeke added the extra points, which gave Kearsney the 20-14 victory.

Voortrekker 5 george campbell 32

George Campbell scored six tries to one to run out comfortable winners. The visitors backline showed both pace and good skills, but Vories tackled well and disrupted many Campbell attacks. At half time, GC led 10-0 after two tries scored by their KZN Schools’ player and eighth man, Sibelo Nanto.

Flank Richard van der Westhuizen scored the first try in the second half, followed by centre James Joubert. Neither were converted, and the score stood at 20-0 midway through the half. Nanto then got in for his hat trick, and Joubert successfully converted. Voortrekker did not give up, and they scored when centre Kevin Botha dived over in the corner, after a good line movement. The final try was scored by flyhalf Mondli Nkosi, following a good break.

Northwood 13 Hilton 33

The game was close for the first half, but two quick tries early in the second half established Hilton’s dominance. At half time, Hilton had managed just the one try scored by Kelvin Smith to a penalty by Northwood.

When centre Johan Hugo got over for two tries, both converted by Cameron Wright, Hilton were in the ascendency.

Hilton captain Chris de Beer had some storming runs, but it was flank Chris Taylor who scored the next try and the final one was dotted down by wing Matt Dickerson. Both these tries were converted by Wright for the eventual comfortable win.

Westville 31 Pionier 12

Pionier were big up front, but they did not possess the skills necessary at this level. The game was physical, with the visitors disrupting Westville ball. This caused some frustration, and a flare up among the forwards resulted in a controversial red card. This did not help Westville’s cause, as they played three quarters of the match with 14 players.

At half time, Westville were down 5-9 after a try by wing Keegan Paverd. The home side scored 26 further points, with four tries, three converted by Louis Snyman. Prop Nqoba Mxoli scored a brace, captain and loose forward Thabo Ngcongo and replacement prop Msizi Zondi both got over for one each.

Other scores: DHS 36 St Charles 6, Clifton 10 Port Natal 10, Greytown 43 Wartburg 15, Treverton 56 Carter 0, St Henrys 41 Amanzimtoti 3, Gelofte 31 Werda 15, Durban North 18 Scottburgh 19, Suidnatal 40 Hillcrest 21, Alexandra 5 Howick 36

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