Westville beats Northwood 29-7 – match report

From Westville Boys High

The 1st Team clash was won by Westville in a fairly convincing fashion 29 – 7. The visitors outscored the home team by four tries to one but it was the home team who got on the scoreboard first after Westville was reduced to 14 men when lock JP Pelser was sin binned.
Northwood’s scrum half, Jason Fuhri found a hole in the Westville defence and ran 40 metres to score under the poles. Flyhalf, Jasey Van Kampen added the extras and Northwood went up 7 – 0. The visitors soon replied with a try of their own after an excellent driving maul off a lineout saw flank, Devon Muller go over in the left corner.

Flyhalf, Niel Van Rooyen could not convert to equal the scores. Despite playing into a stiff breeze, the Westville forwards were controlling the tight phases, forcing Northwood ito conceding penalties which gave Westville the opportunity to kick for field position. From a lineout on the Northwood ten metre, the ball went wide and centre Brogan Boulle made an excellent break to put fullback Shane Ball in space. The speedster showed a clean pair of heels to score under the sticks. Van Rooyen converted and Westville were up 12 – 7. Van Rooyen added an extra three when Northwood conceded another penalty just before the half.

The heat did finally take its toll and the error count in the second half was significantly higher on both sides. Westville scored a further two tries in the second half through lock, Pelser and substitute lock, Bell. Both were converted by Van Rooyen to take Westville into a 29 – 7 lead. To their credit, Northwood did not give up and enjoyed a sustained period of attack deep in their opponents half. Westville’s defence however, was equal to the task and the home team were unable to add to their 1st half tally.

The “A” team games were all won by Westville. The 14A game was a cracker and Northwood led 15 – 14 until two minutes before the final whistle when the Westville backs scored a beautiful counter attack try to secure a hard fought victo


  1. @h2o: I agree. The link between the halfback and flyhalf did not launch the backline properly. The Northwood hooker kept our boys busier than any other player. He turned out to be the reason why the W’ville boys rallied so well.

  2. Good win but still a lot of work to be done. Improvement from last week. The no 9 spot is not sorted as yet and against better opposition this will cost us. I feel that the scrumming and line outs improved. The no 8 also played well giving go forward ball from the scrums. The 12 also gave a bit more stability in the midfield. If the combinations click ‘ville will be difficult to beat. Defensively there was only 1 laps which resulted in a try. True test will come on Saturday.


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