MARITZBURG COLLEGE 7 – 18 SELBORNE COLLEGE
This was a game where Maritzburg College had to improve from their first game, and this they did. Both teams gave their all but it was Selborne College which had the better game overall to score two tries to one.
Early pressure by the heavier Selborne forwards was annulled by some good College defence. It was Selborne who scored the first points when flyhalf David Coetzer dashed around the blind-side of a ruck to dive over in the corner. He failed with the conversion leaving Selborne 5-0 in front.
Some brave tackling by College kept Selborne from scoring any further points. College had a chance of opening their score with a long range penalty which fell just sort of the crossbar. Selborne knocked on under their posts so a 5m scrum was awarded to College. The ball went wide and wing Ayanda Duma went over. Ruben van Blerk succeeded with the conversion for College to lead 7-5.
On the stroke of half-time Coetzer was successful with a 45m penalty to give Selborne an 8-7 lead at the break.
Despite a dubious yellow card at the kick-off awarded by the assistant referee, College held Selborne until a second penalty was awarded and Selborne went 11-7 ahead. From the kick-off it was Selborne who moved the ball, ending with wing Joshua Armstrong scoring in the corner. Coetzer converted from the touch line to go further ahead 18-7.
College tried their best and were in the Selborne 22m area for the last five minutes of the game; but handling let them down with a number of attempts to cross the line.
Selborne: Tries: Coetzer, Armstrong; Conversion: Coetzer; Penalties: Coetzer (2)
Maritzburg College: Try: Duma; Conversion: Van Blerk