Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival Match Report – Affies vs HTS Middelburg

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The physicality of this tough encounter was confirmed in the first five minutes with two great sides taking on each other. It was the team from HTS Middelburg who dominated possession until relief came for Affies.

With great line-out play, Affies ran the ball down the line, only to lose it again. HTS Middelburg found themselves on the attack once again, having most of the possession. It was an up and under from Affies which put them on the attack and close to their try line with only nine minutes to go in the first half. Unfortunately a knock-on gave HTS a scrum, after which Affies secured possession once again.

Great defensive play by the red team resulted in Affies missing an opportunity to put points on the board. Affies were eventually rewarded with a penalty by Pieter Coetser, to make the score 3 – 0 to Affies. It was a minute later that centre Ryno Lourens broke through to score the first try of the match. Pieter Coetser converted and the score was 10 – 0 to Affies at half time.

HTS Middelburg opened the scoring in the second half courtesy of winger Jan Rens with a great run-away try. With an unsuccessful conversion the score changed to 10 – 5.

It was once again the HTS attack which put Affies on the defence, and another try by Chrisjan Steynberg for the ‘Reds ’ levelled the scores with an unconverted try. With HTS Middelburg camping in their half, they were able to score again, taking a 17 – 10 lead with the try scorer Derik Willemse and Barend Smit converting.

A penalty in the last minute by Barend Smit sealed the victory for HTS Middelburg, deservedly so. A disappointed Affies team leave the festival with two losses.

Point Scorers:
Affies: Try Lourens; Conversion Coetser; Penalty Coetser
HTS Middelburg: Tries Rens, Steynberg, Willemse; Conversion Smit; Penalty Smit

(Photos: Tracey van den Aardweg)

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