KEARSNEY EASTER RUGBY FESTIVAL DAY ONE: THURSDAY 17 APRIL 2013

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KEARSNEY EASTER RUGBY FESTIVAL

DAY ONE: THURSDAY 17 APRIL 2013

MATCH 5

GLENWOOD 31 – DALE COLLEGE 17

 

In the first half of the penultimate game of the first day, local team Glenwood scored three tries courtesy of wings PhilaniNgcobo and Ilunga Mukendi and scrumhalf Kwazi Khanyile.  Morne Joubert successfully converted two of these to put his team well in front at half time with 19 – 0 on the scoreboard.

 

The boys from King William’s Town showed great tenacity and visited the try line three times with full back JusterinoDavids scoring two five-pointers and wing Lukuzo Masescoring once.  Fly half Courtney Winnaar successfully converted one of these, which left Dale trailing by two points with plenty of time on the clock.

 

Glenwood proved too strong towards the end and added another 12 points to their total in the form of two more tries, one by James Venter and the other Ngcobo’s second try.Morne Joubert converted one of them which took the final score to 31 – 17 in favour of the KZN side.

 

 

Point scorers:

Glenwood: Tries Ngcobo 2, Mukendi, Khanyile, Venter; Conversions Joubert 3

Dale College:  Tries Davids 2, Mase; Conversion Winnaar

 

 

 

 

MATCH 4

SELBORNE COLLEGE 12 – AFFIES 34

 

The first match of the afternoon session, which was blown by Rugby World Cup Final ref Craig Joubert, got off to a scintillating start with Affies finding themselves well in the lead after just 10 minutes when full back Eduan Keyter scored two quick tries.

 

Their lead was extended shortly after that, when centre TiaanSchmullian went over for Affies’ third try of the match.  Pieter Coetzer converted two of the tries to put the perennially strong Pretoria outfit well ahead at 19 – 0 after just 16 minutes.

 

Selborne College from East London is the only school to have participated in every Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival since its inception in 2008.  The team recovered and played some good running rugby, but wasn’t able to score, leaving the half time score at 19 – 0.

 

With an evenly contested start to the second half, Selbornewas rewarded with a great try by no 11 Tristian Coetzer, taking the score to 19 – 5, as the conversion was missed.  With 10 minutes left on the clock, Selborne inside centre David Britz scored a try which was converted by flyhalfMorgan Steyn.

 

With good running rugby by both sides, it was Affies’ PieterCoetser who slotted a penalty and their Henco Jordaan andKeyter who scored the last two tries of the match.

 

Mention must be made of full back Eduan Keyter who scored a hat trick of tries, taking his team’s final score to 34 – 12.

 

Point scorers:

Selborne College: Tries Tristian Coetzer, Britz; Conversion Steyn

Affies: Tries Keyter 3, Schmullian, Jordaan; ConversionsCoetser 3; Penalty Coetser

 

 

 

MATCH 3

WESTVILLE 41 – NICO MALAN 10

 

The match got off to an exciting start with Nico Malan fromHumansdorp scoring a team- try in the 7th minute, which can probably go to the name of no 8 Dean van der Westhuizenwith excellent, driving play in the ruck.  With a conversion by Donovan Pieters, Nico Malan found themselves in the lead with 7 – 0 on the board.

 

Westville soon turned the tables, scoring two quick, unconverted tries with Nathan Meilhon and Bradley Smith dotting over.  A penalty in the last minute of the first half by Dominik Uytenbogaardt from Nico Malan brought the half time score to 10-10.

 

Westville impressed again in the first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring two more tries under the poles, courtesy of full back Bradley Smith and no 10 Lindo Buthelezi.  Braithwaite successfully converted both tries.

 

With Nico Malan not having scored in the second half yet, it was Westville who scored yet another two tries, Meilhon’ssecond and flanker Adrian Heystek’s first.  Kyan Braithwaite converted only one of these and this put Westville well in the lead by 36 – 10.

 

The final score of 41 – 10, with a last minute try by no 11 Shane Ball saw Westville the well-deserved victors.

 

Point scorers:

Nico Malan: Try vd Westhuizen; Conversion Pieters; PenaltyUytenbogaardt

Westville: Tries: Meilhon 2, Bradley Smith 2, Buthelezi,Heystek, Ball; Conversions: Braithwaite 3

 

 

 

MATCH 2

FRAMESBY 16 – MONUMENT 21

 

Powerhouse Monument applied pressure right from the start and were rewarded early in the game with a converted penalty by Stian Joubert.  Framesby reciprocated with good, steady play and soon levelled the score 3 -3, courtesy of fly halfTiaan Stander.   With evenly matched play and both teams almost visiting their respective try lines, the half time score was 9 – 6 in favour of Framesby, with another two penalties slotted by Framesby’s no 10 and one coming from Monnasfull back Joubert.

 

Waldo Kriel gave Monument an early lead in the second half with a well-worked try, unfortunately not converted.  Ten minutes later, Framesby prop Wessel Strydom scoredFramesby’s first try of the match.  A successful conversion put them back into the lead with 16 – 11 on the board.

 

Monument immediately replied with two quick tries scored by Ashley Carr and captain Gavin Delport.  Two missed conversions brought the score to 21 – 16 to Monument.

 

With moments of brilliance on both sides during the latter part of the game, and Framesby applying fantastic pressure in the last few minutes, it was Monument who came out on top in the end, winning 21 – 16.

 

 

 

MATCH 1

KEARSNEY COLLEGE 25 – HTS MIDDELBURG 31

 

After intermittent rain yesterday, which left the field wet and heavy early on, a beautiful, sunny day dawned for the opening match of the 2014 Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival.   First up were hosts Kearsney College against HTS Middelburg, last year’s NuPower-Tuks champs who returned to the festival after four years’ absence.

 

After kick-off from HTS, there was good pressure right from the start by the red team, which resulted in an early try by lock forward Driaan Bester and a conversion by flyhalf LohanBennett, to take the score to 7 – 0.  Kearsney fought back and with good, solid play; centre James Tedder crossed the line in the 13th minute, with Tristan Tedder narrowly missing the conversion.

 

With 12 minutes to go before half time, Tristan Tedder put Kearsney in the lead, slotting a penalty to take the score to 8 – 7.   Some attacking play by HTS saw no 14 Brandon Par-Bailey score a try in the corner.  Unable to convert the try, HTS took the lead again and the score-line to 12 – 8.  Just before half time, HTS winger Liaan Prinsloo visited the try line with a converted try by full back Barend Smit, and thescore to 19 – 8 in favour of the visitors.

 

The start of the second half saw HTS scoring two quick tries, courtesy of Jacques du Toit and Chrisjan Steynberg.  A penalty by Kearsney’s no 10 brought the tally back to 31 – 11.Continued pressure, with good phase-play, made prop TijdeVisser go over in the 49th minute, with Tedder converting the try.

 

In a moment of sheer brilliance, Kearsney fly half TristanTedder scored a dazzling intercept try, converting it and taking the score within six points of the opposition.  In a nail biting attack on the HTS defence in the final minutes, Kearsney were unfortunate not to score and the final result was 31 – 25 to HTS.

Photos: Supplied

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