Rugby bursaries: Mxoli, Robertse and Tom awarded

2012-04-11 00:00

A SUCCESSFUL fifth Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival wrapped up on Monday in swirling, misty conditions and the announcement of the three recipients of a contract with the Sharks Academy and tuition bursary with Varsity College.

Siyabonga Tom from Glenwood, Nqoba Mxoli from Westville Boys’ High and Wion Robertse (and not Wian Adriaanse as incorrectly published yesterday) from Paarl Gymnasium were each awarded the coveted contracts and bursaries.

Handre Pollard from Paarl Gym and RG Snyman from Affies were voted the festival’s best backline and forward players.

Dale 27 - 27 Paul Roos

A missed last minute penalty could have given Dale victory in a fluctuating contest.

Paul Roos centre Michael Hazner scored the first try, but Dale came straight back with a try of their own by flyhalf Luke Masasaire.

A Dale player passed to Paul Roos centre Tristan Cramer as the dark jerseys looked similar in the misty conditions and he scored in the corner. Dale responded with a try by Sibange Bukani, but the easy conversion was missed.

Paul Roos flank Pieta Smith crossed, but Dale brought the scores to 19-19 with a brilliant individual try by Luke Masasaire.

With five minutes remaining, Paul Roos scored a try through fullback Callie Nel, to bring the scores level (27-27). This left both Dale and Paul Roos unbeaten.

Glenwood 32 -12 Queens

Glenwood were full value for their win over an injury-hit, mistake-ridden Queens. Glenwood centre Dylan Coulson and scrumhalf Mtokosizi Mkhabela scored tries for a 17-9 half-time lead. Wing Corné Vermaak scored the third and Mkhabela crossed for his second for the 32-12 win to Glenwood.

Glenwood also ended unbeaten as they also won their game against Monument and drew with Dale.

Westville 27 - 19 EG Jansen

Westville maintain pressure on EG Jansen, who had a big pack of forwards. EG’s first try came when flank Anton Viljoen dummied his way over and Ruan Potgieter converted (7-0). Westville’s strong man Nqobo Mxoli drove over, but EG wing Leon Potgieter sprinted the length of the field to score for a 12-5 half-time lead.

Lock Niel Smit drove over for EG to stretch to 19-8, but Westville hit back and hooker Matt Jackson scored and Snyman converted (15-19). Mxoli again used his strength and offloaded to his captain and No. 8 Thabo Ngcongo, who scored. The final try for Westville went to wing Keegan Paverd for an upset 27-19 victory.

Paarl Gym 57 - 16 Selborne

Paarl Gym captain and flyhalf Handre Pollard took his tally of points from 36 in the first two matches to 52 after this match.

Paarl boys scored four tries in the first half — by Pollard, scrumhalf Lotter Pretorius, flank Rikus Bothma and wing Wesley Cupido — and five in the second with Pollard, Bothma, Pretorius and Momsen and wing Loek van der Merwe also dotting down.

Selborne never gave up and scored two late tries.

Affies 22 - 10 Kearsney

In wet and misty conditions, the game was always going to be dominated by forward play and Affies out-muscled Kearsney in the rucks and mauls. Affies scored two tries, by eighth man Steven Meiring and giant lock RG Snyman for a 15-0 half-time lead.

Hooker Biaggo Pelliccia opened the scoring in the second half, but Affies replied with the forwards driving over the tryline. Eksteen again converted to put them into a 22-5 lead. Flyhalf Tristan Tedder scored the final try by ghosting through a gap to dot down.

Grey College 8 - 0 Monument

Conditions were wet and difficult for the players in the final match and no points were scored in the first half.

The first points came five minutes into the second half when Arrie Vosloo slotted a penalty to give Grey the lead. Monument applied pressure in the second half to no avail.

After much hard work, Grey was awarded for their hard efforts with captain Pieter Jordaan going over in the left corner for the only try of the match.

Grey had lost to Paarl Gym, but won this game and beat Westville. Monument lost all three matches.

Other festivals

• At the St Stithians Festival, Northwood lost 7-10 against Trinityhouse to come home with one win and two losses.

• In Krugersdorp, St Charles lost 18-12 to Weston on the final day to give them two wins and a loss.

Weston came home with one win and two losses.

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