More horror for Hilton boys

2014-06-10 00:00

HILTON were woefully outplayed at home by a ruthless Glenwood outfit in what must be a record defeat on the hallowed Gilfillan turf, while Westville dominated Port Natal and Northwood recorded a strong win against St Charles.

Michaelhouse came within a whisker of defeating College in a one-point thriller at Balgowan, and Kearsney were too strong for a game DHS side.

Hilton 7 Glenwood 67

It was Old Boys’ Day at Hilton and those who did attend must have departed with hearts heavier than the setting sun, wondering what has happened to the once proud black-and-white jersey being a respectable foe in the schoolboy ranks.

In what must be a record first team defeat on home turf, Hilton were, to put it unkindly but truthfully, thrashed beyond redemption by a Glenwood side never challenged throughout the match.

Brutal and unrelenting from the start, Glenwood made sure their visit to Hilton would be remembered as they left a path of despair and destruction.

The “Green Machine” took control from the first whistle, their forwards dominating with controlled, physical play. Flank MacMillan Muller started the rot for the home side when he bagged the first of his team’s 11 tries for the afternoon, the score denting Hilton’s defence and killing any confidence they may have brought into the game after the previous week’s heavy loss to College.

Hilton’s only glory came from a brief response they saw them score a converted try from a rolling maul but the visitors were riding high on momentum and with tries from Jaco Coetzee (number eight), Kevin du Randt (lock), Kwazi Khanyile (scrumhalf) and Muller’s second, the match was over as any semblance of a contest by half time, Glenwood leading 27-7, flyhalf Curtis Jonas converting one of the tries.

Turning on the gas in the second half, Glenwood ran amok, their backs breaking down any form of resistance at will, the scoreboard pumping along at an alarming rate.

Tries in the second period came from Donovan du Randt (centre) who bagged a hat-trick, Koos Tredoux (prop), Coetzee and Sphamandla Ngcobo (centre). Jonas converted five of the tries and the final whistle could not come quick enough for the home side.

It’s been two weeks of horror on the rugby field for the men with the Fleur de Lys on their chests, having conceded 37 points against College and 67 against Glenwood. It makes dismal reading — 104 points against and only 12 scored.

This weekend they host Westville, who should have nothing to fear after their whopping win against Port Natal and a consistent season to date, with more wins than losses.

Westville 74 Port Natal 12

Playing at home, Westville had the game cut and dried by half time after a first half that saw them pile 60 points on the board.

Having beaten Pretoria Boys’ High and KES in recent weeks, Westville have gelled into a competitive outfit, their display of running rugby on Saturday providing rich entertainment for the crowd.

Having done all the damage in the first 35 minutes, many expected Westville to get close to the century mark, but credit to Port Natal for making a game of it and restricting the hosts to only 14 more points while getting on the board themselves.

Westville gave their entire bench a run, these players all eyeing a spot in the first team next year, and the second half saw each side score a brace of tries, giving Port Natal the opportunity to let their backs stretch their legs to good effect.

Performers for Westville were hooker Renier Pieterse with a hat-trick, and flank Adrian Heystek, who added a brace.

Michaelhouse 24 College 25

Hosting College on their Old Boys’ Day, Michaelhouse came so close to beating their Pietermaritzburg rivals, a last-gasp try in extra time denting their hopes in a thrilling encounter on Meadows.

Like a boxer keen to dominate early, Michaelhouse were quickly out the blocks, stamping their authority with a 10-0 lead which, against College, was quickly snuffed out as the visitors replied with 11 unanswered points. College wing Xolisa Guma scored in the corner and centre Marcel Coetzee goaled two penalty kicks.

This set the tone for the rest of the match as both sides shared the advantage throughout the half, College emerging the better with a slender 18-17 advantage at the break, thanks to a converted try, scored by Tiaan Steyn.

Bader Pretorious, the Michaelhouse flyhalf, looked solid with ball in hand and when it came to getting his backs on the attack, but his normally reliable boot was left in the changeroom as he left vital points on the field, these misses coming back to haunt him at the final whistle.

By contrast, College made the most of what came their way, Coetzee’s two long range penalties proving vital in the final outcome of things.

The sides kept the momentum in the second period as they both searched for the moment that could change the match. It all came down to the last four minutes when Michaelhouse launched an attack from inside their 22 to score a seven-pointer and take the lead 24-18.

College though, came close to scoring on numerous occasions, strong Michaelhouse defence seeing players held up either short or just over the line.

From the restart, College applied pressure and a succession of penalties saw them edge closer to the Michaelhouse line. Defending well into extra time, Michaelhouse hearts were shattered when Disi Dlamini powered over near the uprights, the conversion a formality, for the most slender of wins.

DHS 16 Kearsney 33

DHS welcomed Kearsney to Van Heerdens on their Founders’ Day, with a swirling wind providing a challenge to both sides.

Playing into the wind, Kearsney drew first blood with a Tristan Tedder penalty, which was followed soon after with their first try of the afternoon, fullback Mitchell Nesbit rounding off in the left corner. Tristan Tedder converted and the visitors were 10-0 ahead.

This spurred DHS into action, a penalty narrowing the gap and a try from a scrum levelling matters at 10-10. Another DHS penalty saw the hosts enjoy a 13-10 lead, but Tristan Tedder’s penalty late in the half saw the sides turning at 13 apiece.

Kearsney struck first, now with the wind at their backs, when Nesbit scored his second try, finishing a well-executed move from a lineout inside DHS’s 22.

Tristan Tedder converted and Kearsney were 20-13 to the good.

Winning a turnover soon after, Kearsney scrumhalf James Hall broke the defence and ran 40 metres to score. The conversion was good and at 27-13, DHS had a mountain to climb.

As time wound down, the sides exchanged penalties — one from DHS and two from Kearsney completing the scoring.

In another entertaining match, Maritzburg Christain School edged Grace College 43-36, playing at Grace College, in Hilton.

Grace enjoyed the early dominance, leading 12-0, but MCS came back strongly to be 17-19 behind at half time.

Tries came thick and fast in the second half and in the dying seconds, Mnandisi Mdletshe ran all of 60 metres to score the winning try for MCS.

Other results

Clifton College 47 Treverton 14

Northwood 41 St Charles 10

Wartburg 10 Carter 5.

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