Westville rue lack of goal kicker in tight KES match

2011-05-30 00:00

KING Edward VII School from Johannesburg probably deserved their win against Westville, but the margin of victory, 21-10, was not a true reflection of the closeness of the match. Despite the large numbers of Westville Old Boys on their reunion day, their cheering could not infuse more than the two tries to the home side.

Westville will again rue the lack of a reliable kicker, as 16 points were left behind with missed kicks. Both teams scored two tries and that reflected how competitive the game was. These four tries were all scored in an entertaining and exciting second half.

There was not much to differentiate the sides in the tight phases, but it was in the loose play that KES had the better of their opponents. Flank Malcolm Marx, the KES battering ram, often took a number of Westville defenders to stop. This did then create some gaps in the defence, but to Westville’s credit there were few lapses in their tackling.

The backlines of both teams were full of running and with some silky skills often got close to the tryline, only to be stopped by strong defence, which involved some courageous tackling.

The first half saw both sides probing, but most of the play was between the two team’s 22-metre lines. Towards the end of the half Westville spent about five minutes camped metres from the KES line. Only the visitor’s superb defence managed to keep Westville from going over.

When the halftime whistle blew KES had a 9-0 lead after three penalties, two early in the half, by flyhalf M. Engelbrecht. If all the kicks at the poles had been successful KES would have led 12-9 at that stage.

Westville put early pressure on KES in the second half and in the seventh minute a blind-side move from a scrum resulted in wing Keegan Boulle diving over in the corner. This narrowed the gap to four points. Ten minutes later KES swept down field, and from a scrum in the Westville 22 metre area a number of switch passes enabled fullback S. Mayesiko to dart through a gap. When the two points had been added by Engelbrecht, KES led 16-5.

A period of cut and thrust by both sides took its toll on players and a number of replacements entered the cauldron. In the 27th minute KES went further ahead when a good line move resulted in hooker S. van Rooyen scoring.

The corner conversion was missed, but the drama had not yet ended. Westville came back strongly and they drove from a lineout with the maul going over the tryline. Livewire flank Jackson Buthelezi came up with the ball. A relatively easy conversion was again missed, resulting in an inflated 21-10 win for the Johannesburg side

Other available scores: George Campbell 19 Port Natal 15; Glenwood 19 DHS 5; Affies 55 M College 7; Carter 15 Alexandra 5; Thomas More 34 Howick 5; Werda 17 Kloof 5; Linpark 12 Wartburg 8

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