HTS MIDDELBURG 21 – 19 HOERSKOOL NOORD-KAAP
The final match on the first day of KERF was keenly contested by HTS Middelburg and Hoerskool Noord-Kaap. Middelburg had the better of the early exchanges but as the game progressed Noord-Kaap grew in confidence. At halftime it was HTS who had scored two tries, to the one of Noord-Kaap.
The scoring was opened by Middelburg when flyhalf Morne Sonnekus kicked a long penalty. Noord-Kaap backs showed a lot of pace and it came as no surprise when fullback Cameron Hufke picked up a loose ball and beat the defence for a 5-3 lead.
Andries Koen made a good break to put HTS in front again and before the break the heavier HTS forwards set up a maul from a penalty close to the try line. They rolled forward with lock Dolf Rossouw barging over and putting his side into a 13-5 halftime advantage. Noord-Kaap scored first in the second half after Yaseer Daniels used pace to go over near the touchline.
Hufke, with a brilliant conversion in the conditions, narrowed the gap to a single point. Sonnekus kicked a three pointer and shortly thereafter HTS hooker and captain Duart Willemse did well to squirm over to increase their lead to 21-12.
Both teams were enterprising in the last quarter with the ball moving through numerous hands and defences holding.
Noord-Kaap prop Conrad Aswegen had made some telling runs and, with minutes to play, he had another; breaking through the defensive line and passing to centre Wium Becker who dived over this time, giving Hufke an easy conversion to narrow the gap to two points with two minutes remaining.
In the dying seconds Noord-Kaap had possession and very nearly took victory away from HTS. But it was the Middelburg team who narrowly won 21-19.
HTS Middelburg: Tries: Koen, Rossouw, Willemse; Penalties: Sonnekus (2)
Noord-Kaap: Tries: Hufke, Daniels, Becker; Conversions: Hufke (2)
GLENWOOD 21 – 10 HOERSKOOL FRAMESBY
The wind brought rain which affected ball handling, making it sufficiently greasy for passes to be dropped. Towards the end of the game the rain became heavier, so much of the play was amongst the forwards. Framesby did not give up and spent most of the last 10 minutes in the Glenwood half.
There were some big tackles by both sides as play moved from end to end. Glenwood arguably held the ascendancy, but Framesby won enough loose ball to make their own forays towards the Glenwood line.
The Durban side went into the lead after 10 minutes when left wing Morne van Rensburg managed to burst through for a five pointer. He converted his own try.
Framesby flyhalf Riaan van Rensburg replied with a penalty but neither side could get away. With the halftime whistle imminent, centre Grayson Ditlow went over after an attack down the left hand touchline. It was converted by Van Rensburg for the Port Elizabeth boys to lead 10-7 at the break.
In the second half Glenwood grew in confidence and their flyhalf Dylan Pretorius snaked through again, with a conversion by Van Rensburg, for a 14-10 lead.
Framesby came close to scoring but the Glenwood defensive patterns were sound and, when Glenwood got back into the Framesby half, a bullocking run by JJ van der Mescht created some space and two passes later, Van Rensburg saw the tryline, to score his second try. His conversion put Glenwood 21-10 in front.
Glenwood held on and with numerous changes occurring, some due to injury, the local team managed a 21-10 win.
Glenwood: Tries: M van Rensburg (2), Pretorius; Conversions: Van Rensburg (3)
Framesby: Tries: Ditlow; Conversion: R van Rensburg; Penalty: Van Rensburg
MONUMENT 33 – 16 DALE COLLEGE
Monument, with a very large pack of forwards, dominated the early stages of the fourth game. Dale had to feed on scraps but, as the first half grew longer, so they started getting more ball. Missed opportunities by Monnas frustrated the players and helped Dale to keep in touch.
Dale opened the scoring with a well struck penalty by fullback and captain Aphelele Fassi. Monument struck back immediately, as their forwards moved up field and, from a ruck close to the tryline, flank Tristan Dullisear dived over. The try was converted by Jonathan Viljoen for a 7-3 lead.
Monument continued to have the lion’s share of possession, winning lineouts with comparative ease and dominating the tight phases. From a scrum, a well-rehearsed move saw the ball spinning wide and No 8 PJ Jacobs took an inside pass to go over. Viljoen added the extra points and a 14-3 lead midway through the half. A mistake ensued by Dale when an attack was picked up by centre Luke Rossouw and he went over under the posts. With the conversion by Viljoen, things looked ominous for Dale, now 3-21 behind.
A second Fassi penalty from a long way out lifted the Dale spirits. They began to get more possession and, with a move where the ball was kept in hand, flank Buhle Qaba went over on half time. The conversion into the wind went wide but Dale had narrowed the gap to 11-21 at the break.
In the second half, with 21 minutes remaining, a Dale player was red carded for a punch, but Dale did not give up. This was followed by a Monument player being sent off with a yellow card, meaning both sides had 14 players. Dale came back with a try by hooker Mikhaya Sonqishe.
From a lineout Monnas flank PJ Jacobs taking the ball at the back, went over for an unconverted try for a 26-16 lead.
Dale with one man less held on while Monument made crucial mistakes. In referees’ time Monument’s Larko Lindes drove over, giving Monument a 33-16 win.
Monument: Tries: Rossouw, Jacobs (2), Dulliseam, Lindes; Conversions: Viljoen (4)
Dale: Tries: Qaba, Sonquishe; Penalties: Fassi (2)
QUEEN’S COLLEGE 15 – 22 PRETORIA BOYS HIGH
The third match of the festival, a tightly contested game between Queen’s College and Pretoria Boys High, was without the plethora of tries seen in the first two matches. Queen’s, back at the festival for the first time since 2009, held on despite giving away penalties that kept newcomers PBHS in the game; until the final minute where the boys from Pretoria got over for a win.
Queen’s had the majority of possession in the first half, although most of the play took place between the two 22m areas.
Queen’s opened the scoring with a penalty by flyhalf Keith Kroutz. Both teams were quick to recycle ball, but the defences on both sides held. On one of the rare occasions that either side got close to the try-line, it was the Queen’s forwards who drove over and they were awarded a touch-down. This gave them an 8-0 lead.
Pretoria’s flyhalf Tayne Rivas converted a 40m penalty and then, on the stroke of halftime, a second easier penalty, to take them into halftime 6-8 behind.
Early in the second half a pass that didn’t go to hand enabled Queen’s centre Ilano Smith to kick ahead. A kind bounce and a sprint for the line enabled Queen’s to score their second try, with a good conversion in blustery conditions by Kroutz.
Rivas was also successful with his third penalty to narrow the gap to 9-15. PBHS then had a five-minute period of attack in the 22m area. They were awarded a number of penalties but Queen’s did not back down. Eventually Pretoria added another three points when Geordie Collaros was successful.
PBHS had the opportunity of a long penalty to win the game with a minute to go, but the ball struck the upright. Their captain and eighth man Chris du Toit then broke through and used his long strides to get close to the poles, giving his team a dramatic 22-15 win after Collaros’ conversion
Queen’s: Tries: Forwards, Smith; Conversion: Kroutz; Penalty: Kroutz
PBHS: Try: Du Toit; Conversion: Collaros; Penalties: Rivas (3), Collaros (2)
SELBORNE COLLEGE 46 – 19 DR EG JANSEN
Selborne showed that they will be one of the top sides at the festival this year when they played enterprising rugby, and were fast to capitalise on mistakes. EG Jansen will be disappointed by their errors which gifted some points to Selborne. It was a good game with Selborne flair giving them a 46-19 win.
The game was just five minutes old when Selborne lock Stephan Nieuwenhuizen burst through the defence to score an unconverted try for an early 5-0 lead. Selborne were much more cohesive in their pattern of attack. EG Jansen were very disjointed on the other hand and, when their forwards did win the ball, the backline could not get over the advantage line.
This enabled the East London side to dominate and score a further three tries before half time. Scrumhalf Mitchell Connellan sniped over; and flyhalf David Coetzer went over after a handling mistake by EG Jansen. Both were converted by captain Coetzer.
Coetzer was again involved as he made an inside pass from a half gap to No 8. Adam Mountfort for the fourth try under the posts. This was converted, to give Selborne a 24-0 half-time lead.
Within the first minute of the second half Selborne, playing with 14 players after a yellow card late in the first half, had recycled the ball from a ruck to left wing. Afrika Ndinisa scored in the corner to increase the lead to 29-0.
With a number of changes, EG Jansen began looking more cohesive and used their forwards to pick and drive, ending in a try for lock Dominique McArthur, converted by Dylan Schwartz.
Scrumhalf Connellan scored his second, Coetzer converted a penalty and Sibahle Khulani went over under the crossbar. Coetzer added the two points for a 39-7 lead. Regular flyhalf Ruben Beytell came on in the second half and showed that he had been missed when he had a determined run to dot down after a 25m run.
EG Jansen’s third try went to fullback Franco van Eeden after some good interplay between the backs.
Selborne struck back immediately and the impressive flyhalf showed his skills by again scoring in the corner and converting from the touchline for their impressive 46-19 win.
Selborne College: Tries: Kuhlane, Ndinisa, Coetzer (2), Connellan, Mountfort, Nieuwenhuizen; Conversions: Coetzee (3); Penalty: Coetzee (1)
Dr EG Jansen: Tries: Van Eeden, McArthur, Bytell; Conversions: Schwartz
KEARSNEY COLLEGE 17 – 45 HTS DROSTDY
HTS Drostdy, playing for the first time at the Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival, certainly produced some good festival rugby with hard running backs and strong forwards to win the first game 45-17. Early mistakes by both sides were eliminated and a good game yielded ten tries, seven by Drostdy.
Playing in warm breezy conditions, it took a little time for Drostdy to settle down and a timely try by Kearsney fullback James Sutherland gave the hosts an early 5-0 lead.
Much of the play was in the centre of the field with early-season mistakes by both sides preventing either team from dominating. Defence patterns were sound and although Kearsney were making some good turnover, mistakes at vital times prevented possible points.
An attempted kick through while on attack was prevented and instead Drostdy centre Christie Grobbelaar toed the ball a number of times and beat the defence to dot down for a five pointer, converted by fullback Cohen Jasper, putting the visitors 7-5 in the lead.
The game came alive in the last three minutes of the first half when Drostdy scored three times to take a commanding lead in what had been an even match at that stage.
The first of this trio went to second time scorer Grobbelaar when a relieving kick was charged down. The second, when fullback Jasper joined the line, forced a break and some passes found centre Keanu Mong, who dotted down under the posts.
From the kick-off the Drostdy forwards won the ball and scrumhalf captain Romeo Eksteen broke through a tackle to score. It was converted by Jasper to leave Drostdy 26-5 ahead.
The second half saw some brilliant rugby, initially by Kearsney who narrowed the gap to 17-26 by scoring two tries. The first was by Robbie Koenig with a determined run to score in the corner and the second by eighth man Dylan Richardson, who found his way over next to the upright. This was converted by Sutherland.
As in the first half, Drostdy got stronger towards the end and scored three tries in the last six minutes. Mong scored his second by rounding the defence. A brilliant conversion from the touchline by Jasper put them 33-17 in front.
Scrumhalf Eksteen and flank CJ van Rensburg scored the final two tries to leave the visitors convincing winners in an exciting opening festival game.
Kearsney: Tries: Sutherland, Koenig, Richardson; Conversions: Sutherland
HTS Drostdy: Tries: Grobbelaar (2), Mong (2), Eksteen, Van Rensburg, Jasper; Conversions: Jasper (5)
HTS MIDDELBURG 8 – MONUMENT 35
The final match of the second day saw two sides known for their physicality playing one another just 10 days after meeting at the end of the first term. In that match HTS Middelburg (the Witbulle) was successful by just two points. Monument, however, were very committed to reverse the result and they did – with interest.
From the kick-off the fullback Barend Jansen van Rensburg was nearly successful chasing the ball at pace but just knocked it on. Thereafter it was cut and thrust as the two sides attempted to gain ascendancy. A penalty apiece, first by Jonathan Viljoen from Monument and minutes later by Morne Sonnekus, left them at 3-all.
PJ Jacobs, Monnas captain and No 8, scored the first try when he went over following a set phase, and the 8-3 lead went to the Witbulle. Monnas was looking the stronger unit and not allowing HTS much freedom. They increased their lead to 11-3 with another penalty by Viljoen. HTS, the Rooibulle, won good ball through an intercept by hooker Morne Brandon. He beat the defence to the line and, with the Viljoen conversion successful, Middelburg’s lead was stretched to 18-3 at half-time.
A mistake by Middelburg led to the first try of the second half when scrumhalf Tinus Combrinck slipped through a gap running 15m to score. Viljoen converted and shortly thereafter slotted a penalty for Monument to stretch their lead.
Middelburg scored a try from a 5m penalty with a pick and dive when prop Brandon Pienaar was forced over.
Monnas’ scrumhalf Combrinck sniped over from the base of a ruck for another Monument try. With Viljoen’s conversion successful, the Witbulle won 35-8.
HTS Middelburg: Try: Pienaar; Penalty: Sonnekus
Monument: Tries: Prinsloo, Jacobs, Brandon, Combrinck (2); Conversions: Viljoen (2); Penalties: Viljoen (2)
Dale College 25 – HTS Drostdy 26
With both the King Williams Town team, Dale College, and the team from Worcester, HTS Drostdy, feeling one another out, it took 13 minutes before there was any score. Drostdy’s heavier pack of forwards began winning more of the possession. From a scrum, scrumhalf Romeo Eksteen made a break to score a five pointer.
Drostdy kept pressurising Dale, preventing them showing their normal flare and with Drostdy growing in confidence they were rewarded when fullback Cohen Jasper broke from a ruck through the middle, evetually going over without a Dale finger touching him. An easy conversion by Jasper saw Drostdy into a 12-0 lead.
This they increased to 19-0 when left wing Adriaan Maans had a 45m run down the left touchline and, with inside and outside jinxes, went over 10m from the upright. Jasper converted to give the Western Cape lads a 19-0 halftime lead.
Dale came out in the second half with greater determination. Very few scrums enabled them to get clean ball as Drostdy forwards had them retreating. Despite this, the Dalians persevered and were rewarded when the ball was moved quickly to centre Siphamandla Matsinya who sliced through the defence to score. It was converted by captain Aphelele Fassi to narrow the gap to 7-19.
The more the game was unstructured, the more it suited Dale. Their rush defence prevented Drostdy getting over the line and when they worked their way down the right hand to force a ruck in the corner, eighth man Thandile Mpangeva scored with a pick and go. Fassi could not convert but Dale were now within seven points of the Drostdy score.
With six minutes remaining, Dale’s Soyama Mini used good pace down the touchline, passing inside to centre Matsinya who drove through a tackle to score. With Fassi converting, the scores were level.
Within four minutes of the end, Dale were awarded a penalty which Fassi converted; and on the final whistle, Fassi put over a 45m drop goal for a 25-19 lead.
As the final whistle went, Christie Grobbelaar broke and evaded the defence to score. Jasper converted to snatch a 26-25 victory for Drostdy.
This ended a good comeback from Dale in the second half where they played the rugby that the crowd expected. However, it was Drostdy that made an ultimate effort in the last 30 seconds to win a cracking game.
HTS Drostdy: Tries: Jasper, Grobbelaar, Maans, Eksteen; Conversions: Jasper (3)
Dale College: Tries: Matsinya (2), Mpangeva; Conversions: Fassi (2); Penalties: Fassi (2)
EG Jansen 19 – Glenwood 24
The fifth match saw Glenwood on attack from the kick-off. They maintained early pressure on EG Jansen but could not convert pressure into points.
Gradually the Boksburg side started spreading the ball preferring to move the ball through the hand rather than kicking. Just going into the second quarter EG Jansen were awarded a kickable penalty but they kicked for the corner. From the lineout, they mauled the ball over the line and lock Reinhardt Venter was driven over to score. EG Jansen led 5-0.
Minutes later good ball from the back of the lineout was moved out to the left, which eventually led to flyhalf Ruben Beytell diving over. He converted to take the score to 12-0.
Just before halftime Glenwood moved the ball from a ruck and lock JJ van der Mescht made a bullocking 20 metre run and, when stopped, fullback Rynardt Jonker drew defences and passed to wing Janus Hendrikz who scored Glenwood’s first points for them to trail 7-12 at the drinks break.
Glenwood changed their tactics in the second half moving the ball quickly, handling well and running at the EG Jansen defence. Passing the ball before going to ground, they scored three brilliant tries. No 8 Dylan Kruger scored the first when he was on hand to pick up a pass and dive over near the posts for a second conversion by Morne van Rensburg.
The second try came after quick interplay between backs and forward with Hendrikz going over for his second try. They continued passing quickly and flyhalf Dylan Pretorius found himself receiving the ball on the outside. He had the pace to evade the covering defence and just failed with his conversion. But Glenwood now had a comfortable 24-12 lead.
The final seven or eight minutes was spent in the Glenwood half as EG Jansen attempted to improve their points. This came close but a knock-on on the line prevented the try. They did not give up and from a penalty centre Dylan Schwartz managed to go over with a couple of Glenwood defenders on his back. This was converted by Beytell to leave Glenwood a very satisfying 24-19 win.
EG Jansen: Tries: Beytell, Venter, Schwartz; Conversions: Beytell (2)
Glenwood: Tries: Hendrikz (2), Pretorius, Kruger; Conversions: Van Rensburg (2)
Kearsney 23 – 0 Framesby
This was a match again between two sides who lost on Thursday, but it did not reach the height of the two previous matches. The home side dominated the forward exchanges whilst Framesby had to feed off scraps. Thus the ball seldom went out to the wings, making it easier for Kearsney to defend.
A penalty by James Sutherland, playing at centre in this game, put the team into a 3-0 lead. Seven minutes later it was Sutherland who went through a gap and used his pace to score in the corner. He converted well, for his side to lead 10-0.
Left wing Robbie Koenig, always looking dangerous with the ball in hand, managed to toe the ball forward with his right boot, and then again with his left, picking up the ball just short of the try line to go over for Kearsney’s second try. This was again converted by Sutherland to lead 17-0.
Just before halftime Sutherland converted his second penalty for the hosts to go into the break 20-0 up.
Framesby won more ball in the second half and, as they come from the windy city Port Elizabeth, they should be used to playing in a wind. But they continued to make mistakes in the cross-field wind.
Despite pressure from Framesby in the Kearsney half, Framesby attacked by trying to break through with their forwards close to the breakdown. Kearsney was able to defend, preventing any points by the opposition.
Sutherland kicked another penalty, taking his personal points tally for the game to 18.
Kearsney: Tries: Sutherland, Koenig; Conversions: Sutherland (2); Penalties: Sutherland (3)
Selborne College 58 – 5 Pretoria Boys High
Selborne, who had dominated in their first match, were kept at bay by Pretoria for the first 10 minutes and the latter missed a relatively easy penalty to go ahead.
This galvanised Selborne and they starved PBHS of possession with their No 8 dominant in the tight loose. Selborne’s scoring was opened with a penalty by scrumhalf Mitchell Connellan. Two tries back to back followed; the first by fullback Jason Raubenheimer and converted by Connellan for a 10-0 lead.
Immediately on attack from the kick-off the ball again came wide and centre Sibabalwe Xamlashe beat defenders to score. Again Connellan was successful with the extra points for a 17-0 lead with Pretoria starved of the ball Selborne continued pressurising and impressive left wing Afika Ndinisa rounded the defence to score. Connellan converted for a 24-0 lead.
The East Londoners were not finished and it was Ndimisa again, this time with more work to do, as he sidestepped his way through two tackles to score. Connellan’s successful conversion took Selborne into a 31-0 lead at halftime.
It took 10 minutes for Selborne to open their scoring in the second half. Replacement scrumhalf Thomas Bursey darted over from a ruck close to the line. This was well converted by David Coetzer who had just come on to the field – for a 38-0 lead.
PBHS managed to work their way up field and when awarded a penalty 10m out they ran it and, from a succeeding ruck, the ball came out and flank Slade Guy stretched to dot down.
Selborne replied immediately getting back on attack and, with 14 players after a yellow card, they won the ball, moved it left, and some deft passes ended with Bursey going over for his second try and a 39-5 lead.
Coetzer was soon to make a difference and when a pass was dropped with PBHS 30m out, Coetzer was quick to pick up the ball and sprint 60 metres to score under the sticks and convert for a 46-5 lead. Selborne added two further tries in the last five minutes by hooker Mark Venter and wiry Miles Morton, converted by Coetzer for a 58-5 win.
Selborne illustrated with this good win that they will be difficult to beat in the forthcoming season.
Selborne: Tries: Raubenheimer, Xamlashe, Ndinisa (2), Bursey (2), Coetzer, Venter, Norton; Conversions: Connellan (3), Coetzer (2); Penalty: Connellan
Pretoria Boys High: Tries: Try: Guy
Hoerskool Noord-Kaap 31 – Queen’s College 14
Having narrowly lost their games on Thursday, both Noord-Kaap and Queen’s came out keen for a win in the first game on day two of the festival.
The two sets of big forwards were evenly matched but as the half progressed, so Noord-Kaap began winning a greater share of the ball. The three-quarters swung the ball from touchline to touchline, and the pressure told as Noord-Kaap scored five times in the first half. Queen’s only got close to the Noord-Kaap tryline once, but the Noord-Kaap defence was resolute.
Captain and flank Edrich Brand opened the scoring toward the end of the first quarter, converted by Cameron Hufke. The backs then came into their own, running the Queen’s defence awry. Left wing Maurice Amerika made a good break from midfield and he rounded the Queen’s defence to score for an easy conversion by Hufke.
Centre Yaseer Daniels was next to add a fiver pointer as he received a long pass and he beat the defence to score in the corner for a 19-0 lead.
The final two tries went to fullback Hufke after good pressure and again the Queen’s defence let him through on the left. He was unable to convert his own try. Finally, to complete the first half scoring spree, right wing Andries Jacobs went over in the left corner. This time Hufke added the extra points and Noord-Kaap had a handsome 31-0 lead at the break.
Some stern talking by the Queen’s coaches saw them start winning ball and spending more time in the Noord-Kaap half.
This resulted in Queen’s forwards pressurising on the Noord-Kaap line. A ruck close to the line saw lock and captain Aaron Brody coming up with the ball. Keith Kroutz made no mistake with the wide conversion giving Queen’s their first points. It had taken them 11 minutes in the second half to trail 7-31.
The Eastern Cape boys continued to play the better rugby in the second half. A kick through when on attack saw Noord-Kaap pressurised into dotting down after carrying the ball back into the in-goal area. From the succeeding 5m scrum, the ball was swung and flyhalf Kroutz gifted through a gap to score under the uprights and converted to narrow the gap to 14-31.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, it was probably not enough time to get a win, but they continued to have the lion’s share of possession and territory.
The game ended with Noord-Kaap winning 31-14 but Queen’s showed great determination to come back and win the second half scoring two tries to nil.
Hoerskool Noord-Kaap: Tries: Hufke, Jacobs, Daniels, Amerika, Brand; Conversions: Hufke (3)
Queen’s College: Tries: Kroutz, Brody; Conversions: Kroutz (2)
KEARSNEY COLLEGE 24 – 13 QUEEN’S COLLEGE
After 10 minutes neither Kearsney nor Queen’s College, in the final game of the 2017 festival, had wrested control of the game, as though they were feeling one another out. Going into the second quarter Keith Kroutz was successful with a penalty and a short while later a second longer penalty for Queen’s to take the lead 6-0.
Towards the end of the first half, with Kearsney looking more dangerous with ball in hand, they moved it across field to the left where James Sutherland made metres to dive over in the corner. This took Kearsney into the break 5-6 behind.
Early in the second half Kearsney captain Dylan Richardson cut through defences from broken play to score; converted by Sutherland to wrest the lead 12-7. From a line-out close to the Kearsney line, Queen’s formed a rolling maul and rambled over with hooker Gareth Heidtmann scoring. Kroutz had gone off injured, so replacement kicker Kenan Richards slotted the angled conversion and take back the lead 13-12.
The lead changed once again as Kearsney flyhalf Jacques Odendaal burst through a dive over under the posts. Sutherland converted and Kearsney led 19-13. This lead was extended five minutes from the final whistle, when Brendan Albertse dived over to take Kearsney into a 24-13 lead.
It was fitting that the home side won their second game to end the festival which had produced some top class rugby on each day.
Kearsney: Tries: Sutherland, Odendaal, Richardson, Albertse; Conversions: Sutherland (2)
Queen’s: Tries: Heidtmann; Conversion: Richards; Penalties: Kroutz (2)
SELBORNE COLLEGE 12 – 19 MONUMENT
Neither Selborne nor Monument, playing in the penultimate game of the festival, had lost a game and thus another mouth-watering contest was expected. Selborne dominated territory for the first 10 minutes but David Coetzer missed a penalty for Selborne to go ahead. When Monument did get into the Selborne half, they had an opportunity to take a lead when awarded a penalty, but this also went wide.
Monument maintained pressure and a good line kick went out 5m from the Selborne line. The ruck that developed from the lineout saw Monument turn over possession and the ball was picked up by scrumhalf Tinus Combrink who darted over. Jonathan Viljoen made certain of the kick and Monument led 7-0.
Within the last minute before halftime Monnas hooker Morne Brandon went over, following a lineout set up by a good run down the touchline by Viljoen. The conversion was wide but the Krugersdorp team went into the drinks break leading 12-0.
Up until this game, Selborne had been dominant but now they had a massive half ahead of them. They would have to be the next side to score.
Ten minutes into the half, Coetzer was pinpoint from a penalty midfield, putting the ball out just short of the tryline. A rolling maul was set up from the lineout and hooker Mark Venter went over in the pile of bodies. Coetzer split the uprights with his conversion and Selborne were back in the game 7-12 behind.
Monument maintained their structures and used the ball to good effect. When the ball came back from a ruck it was moved down the line and fullback Dandre Prinsloo got over the corner after a determined run. This was very well converted by Viljoen to increase the lead to 19-7.
Selborne pressed and set up a penalty 20m out. From a succeeding ruck Coetzer broke, and passed inside to lock Stephan Nieuwenhuizen who went over. Coeter uncharacteristically missed the easy conversion, leaving the score 19-12. It meant Monument had done enough to remain unbeaten at the festival.
Selborne: Tries: Venter, Nieuwenhuizen; Conversion: Coetzer
Monument: Tries: Brandon, Combrink, Prinsloo; Conversions: Viljoen (2)
GLENWOOD HIGH 25 – 20 HOERSKOOL NOORD-KAAP
This was a game that many were looking forward to as both Glenwood and Hoerskool Noord-Kaap had shown they wanted to move the ball rapidly. They did not disappoint and in a thrilling game with good defence on both sides, only one try a piece was scored in the first half, but it certainly was not dull.
Noord-Kaap was first on the board after 12 minutes, when a long pass found their fullback Cameron Hufke, one of the standout players at the festival. He broke through the defence, passing to wing Maurice Amerika who forced his way over the line. He was successful and the Kimberley side led 7-0.
Wing and captain Morne van Rensburg put Glenwood on the board with a penalty. A good attacking move with scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse, centre Jacques Conradie scored. Van Rensburg had a successful, for Glenwood to lead 10-7.
Noord-Kaap came back and were awarded a penalty quite a long way out which Hufke put through the posts to take the sides into the break at 10-all.
Just three minutes into the second half, pacy Glenwood wing Siyanda Cele rounded the defence to dot down under the posts making an easy two-pointer for Van Rensburg; and a 17-10 lead.
Again Noord-Kaap pressed and were rewarded when, after forwards had made a number of attempts and been thwarted, the ball went down the line across the field, finding Hufke on the outside. He dived over in the corner, but could not convert from the touchline. However, the gap had narrowed to 15-17.
Glenwood then struck back and Cele used his pace to go over in the corner for his second try and take the scoreboard to 22-15.
With turnover a plenty, play moved from end to end and touchline to touchline. Noord-Kaap came within 2m of scoring but Glenwood defended well. Eventually from a quick tap penalty, the ball was passed to a charging Conrad van Aswegen and after attempting his bullocking runs a number of times, he burst over. A difficult conversion was just wide, but it became 20-22 with two minutes remaining.
Glenwood were awarded a penalty just on the halfway line and fullback Rynard Jonker closed the excellent game with a further three points and a 25-20 win.
After their exciting match, a delighted Noord-Kaap were presented with a new award: the Standard Bank trophy for the side playing the most attractive rugby at the festival.
Glenwood: Tries: Conradie, Cele (2); Conversions: Van Rensburg (2); Penalties: Van Rensburg,, Jonker
Noord-Kaap: Tries: Hufke, Van Aswegen, Amerika; Conversion: Hufke; Penalty: Hufke
HTS MIDDELBURG 21 –22 DALE COLLEGE
The wind had dropped to a breeze but was still blowing downfield. Dale were playing into the breeze with HTS Middelburg having a slight advantage.
The HTS forwards were the stronger unit and it showed early on as Middelburg scored two unanswered tries. Dale however came back towards the end of the half scoring two tries.
The first Middelburg try was scored by Andries Koen who, after a wrap around, found a gap and scored under the poles. Morne Sonnekus was successful adding the extra points. Five minutes later HTS were awarded a penalty 5m from the Dale line. Middelburg tapped and formed a rolling maul which got over and flank Henco van Heerden came up with the ball. Sonnekus was again successful with the kick and HTS Middelburg led 14-0 and were looking dangerous.
Dale consolidated and in the last 10 minutes of the half they fed on scraps, but kept HTS in their own half. From a ruck 20m out, impressive No 8 Thandile Mpangeva burst out going over for their first try. The conversion was wide but the Dalians were back in the game.
This gave them added confidence and from broken play a toe forward bounced favourably and prop Sibongile Kampi was quick to dive on the rolling ball in the in-goal area. This time Dale College captain Aphelele Fassi made no mistake and the sides crossed with HTS Middelburg having a slender 14-12 lead.
The second half was cut and thrust by both sides as they played mainly in midfield with first one side attacking, being rebuffed, and then the other side attacking, but neither reaching the tryline.
With just over 10 minutes remaining wing Andrico Johannes false-footed the defence and running diagonally across field was brought down just short of the tryline. Kampi, following him, picked up the ball and went over for a try, much to the delight of the Dalian supporters. Fassi converted and it was Dale that had taken a 19-14 lead.
With a 45m penalty, Fassi added another three points so HTS would hasveto score twice if they were to win the game.
Middelburg did come back and from a good passing movement through the hand of backs and forwards, found Van Heerden on the outside. He dived over in the corner for his second try. A brilliant touchline conversion by Sonnekus brought HTS to 21-22 behind with just a minute remaining. Dale held on for an exciting end to this good game.
HTS Middelburg: Tries: Van Heerden (2), Koen; Conversions: Sonnekus (3)
Dale College: Tries: Mpangeva, Kampi (2); Tries: Fassi (2); Conversion: Fassi
HOERSKOOL FRAMESBY 29 – 21 DR EG JANSEN
The second match saw two teams, Framesby from Port Elizabeth and Dr EG Jansen from Boksburg, neither of which had yet won a game at the festival, keen for a win. EG Jansen were the favourites and with the wind blowing behind them, the early advantage was with the Boksburg team.
Most of the possession though was with the Jansen players and it was prop forward Brandon Becker who rumbled over close to the uprights. A good conversion by flyhalf Dylan Schwartz gave them a seven-point lead.
The longer the half progressed the more confident Framesby became. Midway through the half flank Desmick Kleinbooi made a break passing to centre and captain Julian Kleyn who went over. The successful conversion took the score to 7-each.
Framesby were running the EG Jansen defence from touchline to touchline. It was again Kleinbooi who made a break down the left touchline, and his determined run of 40 metres saw him dive over in the corner. This gave the Eastern Cape team a useful 12-7 lead and the knowledge that they would now have the wind behind them.
The backs were full of running and when centre JP Greyling received the ball he burst through a half gap and, with defenders on his back, managed to dive over. This gave Framesby a 17-7 lead.
Grayson Ditlow, playing on the wing, was quick to pick up a loose ball and get over in the corner. A good conversion by Schwartz too the lead to 24-7. Framesby fullback Lindsay Potgieter got on to the scoreboard when he counter-attacked after a tackle and sprinted to score in the corner. Framesby looked like definite winners, leading 29-7.
EG Jansen pulled themselves together and two tries, five minutes apart, put them back into the game. The first was by centre Keenan Oelofse and the second by fullback Franco van Eeden. Both were converted by Schwartz. With four minutes remaining EG Jansen were a converted try behind.
Most of the remaining play took place between the two 22m lines as neither side could score, but it was Framesby that was elated with their 29-21 victory.
Hoerskool Framesby: Tries: Greyling, Potgieter, Kleyn, Kleinbooi, Ditlow; Conversions: Van Rensburg (2)
Dr EG Jansen: Tries: Becker, Oelofse, Van Eeden; Conversions: Schwartz (3)
HTS DROSTDY 22 – 5 PRETORIA BOYS HIGH
A blustery wind welcomed the players on to the Stott field for the first match of the final day of the Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival. In the blustery conditions kicking for points became difficult. Four kicks in succession were missed, two penalty kicks and a conversion by the Pretoria lads and a conversion by Drostdy.
HTS Drostdy forwards dominated at the breakdown hence their backline had more possession. When PBHS did win ball, mistakes presented any meaningful advance.
The first half was a stop-start affair with one serious injury when a Pretoria Boys High player was stretched off, taking about six minute of the running time, and a second head cut to their hooker, with play waiting for him to be bandaged.
However, it was two tries scored by the two Drostdy locks, Bronlee Mouries and Heinrich Naude that gave the Western Cape team their points. Mouries use his 114kgs to force his way over. This try was converted by fullback Cohen Jasper to give them a 12-0 halftime lead.
The PBHS conversion was close to the touch line, after a try by lock Kgala Mothomogolo, following a quick penalty which was moved quickly to Mothomogolo who was unmarked on the outside. The score remained at 12-5 for the next 10 minutes.
Drostdy won the ball at the ruck and fullback Jasper used his pace down the short side to go over in the corner, but missed the conversion to extend their lead to 17-5.
The second half was much more evenly contested with the Pretoria lads stepping up and winning more of both possession and territory. Their defence was better. However, with just minutes to play, PBHS won a lineout on their own line, but it was ripped away by Drostdy. They passed to hooker Stefan Schwartz who caught the defence napping, going over in the corner. It gave Drostdy a 22-5 lead.
Romeo Eksteen, the regular scrumhalf, had come on and he galvanised Drostdy. He made a break leaving the Pretoria defence in tatters, scoring under the posts. This time Jasper made no mistake, to leave the Western Cape team 22-5 winners.
HTS Drostdy: Tries: Mouries, Naude, Jasper, Eksteen; Conversion: Jasper
Pretoria Boys: Try: Mothomogolo