Playing fields are now more level

2010-05-04 00:00

MOST of the results from the top schools this past weekend show that the playing fields are more level this year. With Kearsney nearly bringing off an unlikely win against Glenwood, Michaelhouse beating Maritzburg College (reported as “Match of the day” yesterday) and Hilton drawing with Durban High School (DHS), no side can run onto the pitch with the idea that they are going to win.


Glenwood vs Kearsney

This was a game of two halves with Glenwood dominating the first 20 minutes where they scored three goals to lead 21-0. Kearsney was playing with a breeze behind them, but it was first strong-running centre Dean Moolman who scored early. This was followed by hooker Senzo Mtshali scoring and then Axter-Burnett touching down. All three tries were converted by Fred Zeilinga. With a few minutes remaining in the half, Andrew Holland converted a penalty­ for Kearsney’s first points.

In the latter part of the half it dawned on Kearsney that if they kept the ball in hand they could prevent Glenwood from counterattacking. They came out in the second half playing into the breeze and ran at Glenwood. They carried the ball upfield and it was big relieving kicks from flyhalf Zeilinga that kept Kearsney from scoring more than the two tries that they scored in the second­ half.

Centre Holland, often cutting the Glenwood line, scored the first try which he converted. Flyhalf Sandile Kubeka scored the second. Holland again converted to make the score 17-21 and it was only good defence that prevented Kearsney from scoring another try.

Hilton vs Durban High School

This was another game that went against all expectations, perhaps due to complacency by Hilton and a greater determination by the visitors. There was not much to enthuse about the game, as it was five penalties apiece, with each side scoring a converted try.

At half time, DHS led 13-12 as fullback Payi Mbembe made Hilton pay for a misdirected kick. He ran three quarters of the field to score under the poles. Brendon Cope converted to add to two penalties for their 13 points. Hilton’s Jason­ Matthews had converted four penalties in the half.

Two penalties were traded by the sides before the Hilton forwards took the ball over the tryline, with prop Michael Tack being awarded the try between the uprights. Two further DHS penalties equalised the scores at 22 each.

Weston vs Voortrekker

Voortrekker just had no answer to the heavier Weston pack and with the ball that Weston won, they had both territorial and possession advantage. Thomas­ Gillies put Weston ahead with two penalties, before hooker Nlakanipho Sibiya was quick to react when Voortrekker made a mistake close to their try line and he dived over. Gillies added the extra points to put Weston­ into a 13-0 lead.

A kick ahead from the Weston 22-metre line saw wing Wesley Fourie put in a great chase to beat the Voortrekker defence to the ball and score in the corner­. Gillies again converted accurately to put Weston into a 20-0 lead at half-time.

Immediately following the kick-off, flank Meder van Dyck scored a good try, using his strength to get outside the Voortrekker cover defence for a 25-0 lead. Left wing Fox Phungula then put the cherry on the cake, with the last two tries as he outpaced the tiring Vories to score two tries. Both tries were converted­ by Gillies to make the final score 39-0.

St Charles vs Pionier

While St Charles stood up bravely to a physical Northern KwaZulu-Natal side, the major feature was the ill discipline of the visitors from Pionier. Referee Tim Mills had to have eyes in the back of his head as many of the fouls were committed off the ball and it resulted in four yellow cards and a red card being issued.

Schools that play with lack of respect for the laws of rugby, opponents and the referee should have some sanction made by the Referees Society and if they persist, their matches should no longer be handled by the society.

For the record, the size of the players and some good play at times made it difficult for the home side who were soundly beaten 38-6.

Westville vs George Campbell

This was an easy home game for Westville who ran in nine tries without reply. George Campbell succeeded with three penalties, two in the first half. The home side led 31-6 at the break with five tries. Dwayne Kelly scored a brace with other tries from Langa Mahaye, Kieran Leathley, Nthando Mpungose, Steve Neveling, Jordan Forde and Tyler Fischer. Duncan Campbell scored a personal 18 points with a try, five conversions and a penalty.

Greytown vs Treverton

Treverton kept the game tight against the young Greytown team. Treverton­ forwards dominated the lineouts­ and, driving down the centre of the field, reduced Greytown space.

The first points came from a penalty by Treverton’s Kendall Nolan and then a try by prop Byron Lutzke, converted by Nolan, for a 10-0 lead at the break. Greytown succeeded with a penalty and then scored out wide, which was converted, to level the scores at 10 all. Nolan made sure of a victory when he converted two further­ penalties for the visitors to win 16-10.

Scores in brief (home side first):

Michaelhouse 19 Maritzburg College 13; Glenwood 21 Kearsney 17; Hilton 22 DHS 22; Weston 39 Voortrekker 0; St Charles 6 Pionier 38; Westville 58 George Campbell 9; Greytown 10 Treverton 16; Howick 12 Thomas More 12; Carter 19 Wartburg 10; Northwood 40 Hillcrest 9; Queensburgh 12 Crawford LL 19; Scottburgh 7 Amanzimtoti 13; St Henrys 27 Kloof 27.

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