MATCH 3: KEARSNEY COLLEGE 39 – 36 SACS
In contrast to the previous game with big forwards tussling in the tight loose, the match between Kearsney and SACS saw plenty of running, with the lead changing four times before half-time and twice later in a superb game of schoolboy running rugby.
SACS had the better in both possession and territory for the first quarter as they put Kearsney under pressure. Just after the kick-off, hooker Lance Steytler broke free, passing to wing Zolani Masembathe who rounded the defence in the corner for the five-pointer. Jordy Hop added the two points for the early 7-0 lead.
It took the home side 20 minutes before they got on the board with a penalty from fullback James Sutherland.
The Cape Town side went further ahead after centre Hop scored at a ruck and he added the two points for SACS to lead 14-3.
Kearsney then got over their slumber and started winning more of the ball. It was eighth-man Brad Erlich who broke through the defences and passed to centre Cameron Craze who had an easy run to the line. Sutherland converted, leaving Kearsney four points behind SACS.
Erlich again broke through the SACS defence, this time to score the try which Sutherland converted for Kearsney to go into a 17-14 lead.
SACS gained the lead again when centre Chad van der Loo broke through the Kearsney defence to score, but the conversion went wide, for SACS to sneak back into a 19-17 lead.
Kearsney lock Jared Meyer then powered his way over, following a line-out, and again the lead changed with a successful conversion for Kearsney to lead 24-19.
On the stroke of half-time Hop succeeded with a penalty to leave them trailing Kearsney, who remained two points ahead.
The second half continued at the same pace with the ball moving through the hands as both teams had attacking movements.
SACS took back the lead mid-way in the second half when wing Aaron Zeederberg scored after a good line movement. Hop made sure with the conversion and went back into a 29-24 lead.
There were another three tries by both sides as play swung from end to end with the lead again changing hands twice, before Kearsney eventually won 39-36 in a cracking game.
Van der Loo scored his second for SACS; and Matthew Watts and Luke Croshaw scored for Kearsney. One of the latter was converted by Sutherland to snatch back the lead in the last five minutes.
Kearsney: Tries: Craze, Erlich, Meyer, Croshaw; Conversions: Sutherland (5); Penalties: Sutherland (3)
SACS: Tries: Van der Loo (2), Hop, Zeederberg (2); Conversions: Hop (4); Penalties: Hop