Sharks to hold schools’ festival

2013-03-05 00:00

THE third and final series of matches took place last Friday evening at the KFC Voortrekker School Night series.

Carter made their first appearance when they replaced Zakhe, who were unable to raise a team in time. Linpark, playing their third game, played Carter and the latter showed that once they have played a few matches they could be very competitive in their league.

Linpark was able to score in the last minute to win the game, outscoring Carter by two tries to one (scores are not recorded as the tournament encourages sides to use the games as pre-season practice matches).

Westville dominated their match by starving Greytown of the ball. Greytown’s strength lies in the pace of their backline, but their abilities were nullified as they mainly fed on scraps. Westville, who scored seven tries without reply, look as if they will be one of the top teams in the province.

The third game was the most competitive of the evening between Voortrekker II and Howick, both of whom had not played before, but were very evenly matched. Voortrekker scored the first try, which was equalised by Howick early in the second half. Neither side could really gain any ascendency until Voortrekker burst through the middle to score the only other try in the game.

Voortrekker took on Maritzburg College in the final game and while they restricted College to scoring three tries in the first half, it was mistakes often in the final pass that prevented College scoring more. Both possession and territory were dominated by College.

In the second half fewer mistakes and some blistering runs by College players led to a further six tries being scored.

KZN Sharks will for the first time this year hold a pre-season set of school matches tomorrow evening. This is set to become an annual event and as it is played over two 20-minute halves each side will have a maximum of 25 players and rolling substitutes can be used over the duration of the game.

There are five matches with 10 schools involved.

This festival will help the sides finalise their teams before the start of the domestic season next Saturday and then the Easter Festivals which will follow.

The matches at Kings Park tomorrow evening

16:30 Port Natal vs Pionier

17:20 Clifton vs George Campbell

18:10 DHS vs Northwood

19:00 Westville vs Kearsney

19:50 Glenwood vs Maritzburg College

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