Wet weather, breathing problems were some concerns with weekend rugby

2011-04-19 00:00

THE persistent rain on Saturday resulted in the cancellation of a number of school rugby matches, particularly where games had been played on the field earlier in the day.

The first-team games between Westville and Northwood, and George Campbell against Glenwood were cancelled.

The matches at Westville were called off during the second game after­ a player had struggled to get his breath after being pinned at the bottom­ of a ruck.

Further afield, matches in Johannesburg were also affected with the King Edward VII School (Kes) fixture against Jeppe also called off. That match will be played this week.

Maritzburg College went ahead with their game against visitors Pretoria­ Boys’ High School and won 17-9 in very poor conditions.

Despite the wet ball, the rugby that was played was certainly worth watching. This was reported as “Match of the Day” in yesterday’s Witness­.


Clifton vs Voortrekker

This match was played under lights on Friday evening. Clifton had played recently at the Felixton Rugby Festival­ whereas Voortrekker has not had a match for three weeks.

The Clifton team was too strong among the forwards with the result that they had most of the possession.

Clifton scored seven tries to one by Voortrekker and completely outplayed the Maritzburg team, winning 46-5.


Scottburgh vs Howick

In conditions that nearly caused the game to be abandoned Howick managed­ to outscore the home side by two tries to one and win the game 15-10. Howick dominated play in the first half and deserved their 8-0 lead at the break. The try had been scored by eighth man Bruce Hayworth from a drive, with Jarryd Potgieter adding a penalty.

Scottburgh came back strongly and had Howick on the defence for the last 20 minutes of the game.

Fortunately for the midlands side, wing Brian Majiba had shown some good pace to outflank the cover to score early in the half and with Potgieter­’s conversion successful, Howick led 15-0.

Scottburgh did not lie down and they scored a penalty and then a converted try to make the final minutes tense, as Howick defence dug deep to remain in front. Wartburg vs Carter

This was not a great game of rugby as the players from both sides struggled in the wet conditions.

Early in the game fullback Kimeran Chetty joined the backline to create an overlap and he was able to score wide out. A penalty by Carl van Rooyen made it 8-0 at half time.

The rugby deteriorated further in the second half as both teams could not put phases together and it was a lone penalty by Van Rooyen that gave the home side the victory by 11-0.

Clifton and Wartburg both participated in the Felixton Rugby Festival in Richards Bay during the holidays. Clifton was clearly the strongest team at the festival winning their three matches comfortably. Wartburg struggled, losing all three games.


RESULTS (home side first):

M College 17 Pretoria BHS 9; Clifton 46 Voortrekker 5; Scottburgh 10 Howick 15; Wartburg 11 Carter 0; Pinetown 11 DHS 43; Crawford LL 41 Queensburgh 0; Kuswag 18 Kloof 3; New Forest 20 St Henry’s 23.

At Felixton: Clifton 22 Beaulieu 5; Clifton 27 Grantleigh 3; Clifton 28 Wartburg 7; Wartburg 5 Invitation XV 10; Wartburg 3 Felixton 8.

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