Top local schools lose close matches against Gauteng sides

2013-04-16 00:00

BOTH KZN schools — Maritzburg College and Northwood — that played opponents in Gauteng on Saturday came home with a loss.

The games were hard but the losses were narrow ones in front of the home crowds. Locally, the two top-level sides, Glenwood and Westville, played second-tier opposition, registering big wins.

Pretoria BHS 25 Maritzburg College 23

A large pack of forwards ran on to the field for the home side and they dictated most of the tight phases. The College loose trio worked very well while the backlines were more evenly matched.

College started the game on top, scoring a try in the opening five minutes through winger Lindo Ngcobo. Marcel Coetzee slotted the conversion to put College 7-0 up. Pretoria Boys’ got into the game with a try and conversion to level the scores. They then started to dominate, defending well and launching attacks towards the College try line. A penalty put them 10-7 in front. A grubber kick behind the wall of the College defenders resulted in PBHS’s second try. Another try from converted try stretched the lead to 22–7. A forward try just before the break put College 12-22 behind at half time.

College once again showed good character by holding the stronger scrum. Much of the play took place in the midfield but a penalty by Coetzee narrowed the gap to 15-22. Ngcobo then scored his second try in the corner to bring the visitors to within two points of PBHS. With the momentum now firmly with College, PBHS gave away another penalty close to the corner. The educated boot of Coetzee was on target once again to put his side ahead by a single point.

PBHS were unable to get their hand on the ball with College loose forwards doing sterling work. But in the last scrum of the game just inside the College half, they were dubiously penalised a 48-metre penalty that saw PBHS win the game 25-23.

Jeppe 33 Northwood 24

The final score does not truly reflect the closeness of this game as Northwood were just a point behind with less than five minutes remaining. Northwood had the dominant pack of forwards but the Jeppe backline were superior. When Northwood kept the game tight they dominated proceedings but too often they lost the ball and Jeppe countered with speed.

During the first half Northwood played too far away from their forwards and the Jeppe backs got in for two tries with the left wing Sbusiso Dlamini having a number of good runs and scoring one try. Northwood lock Trevor Nkwambe scored a try, which Sassa Makhanya converted before adding a penalty to trail Jeppe 10-20 at the break.

Northwood tightened their play in the second period, which enabled two converted tries to be scored to one by Jeppe, to bring Northwood to 24-25. The try scorers were Philo Sobahle and Tanner Edmunds with both converted by Makhanya. Then Jeppe replied with a penalty and Dlamini scored his second try in the corner for the home side to win 33-24.

Voortrekker 5 Glenwood II 45

Voortrekker but up a brave display in the first half restricting the more physical and quicker Glenwood second team players from having it all their own way. For the first 10 minutes, the home side controlled most of the play and should have slotted a relatively easy penalty. Once the Glenwood forwards got on top and they started winning more ball, Vories had to put in some big tackles. At half time they were 0-14 down.

In the second half the defensive efforts took their toll and Glenwood had more freedom scoring another five tries to win 45-5. Michael Teichmann, a lock just short of two metres, used his long legs to outpace the Vories defence to score the first try of the game and then again scoring the first try of the second half.

Voortrekker scored their only try when centre Francois Glasgow did well to escape the Glenwood defence with a 20-metre angled run, this coming just after Teichmann had scored his second try. Thereafter it was all Glenwood.

Glenwood 82 Pinetown 0

This game should not have been arranged as the Pinetown lads were outmuscled, outscrummed and outpaced by a Glenwood unit who had almost complete freedom in the game.

Scoring seven tries in the first half and another five in a curtailed second half to win 82-0 must have been demoralising for Pinetown. It cannot be said that they did not try, but each time a tackle was made there was a Glenwood player in support and they executed their passes at pace and with precision. Two players scored a hat- trick of tries — centre Reuben Fouche and wing Sparks Ngcobo. Eleven of the tries were converted by Corné Vermaak.

Empangeni 0 Westville 52

This is another game illustrating the void between the top echelon of schools and the second tier of school rugby in the province. Westville scored three converted tries in the first half and a penalty, to lead 24-0 at the break.

Westville continued with the pressure in the second half, scoring a further four tries. Scrumhalf Kyan Braithwaite was the only player to score a brace. Fullback Louis Snyman had a 100% kicking record, converting the penalty and all seven tries.

Scottburgh 13 Howick 29

This was a comfortable win for the Midlands boys as they scored five tries to one in reply. At the break Howick led 17-7. It was Scottburgh who opened the scoring with a converted try. This spurred Howick on and they then dominated, winning the majority of the ball.

Other results: Weston 40 Wartburg 0; St Henrys 57 Ashton 0; Clifton 5 Port Natal 41; Hillcrest 7 George Campbell 50; Suidnatal 12 Gelofte 13; Richardsbaai 7 Westville II 17; Kloof 61 Carter 3; Kingsway 10 George Campbell II 21.

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