RULES: 25 min per half – rolling subs – 22 players per squad – running rugby – no kicking at posts/conversions – only allowed to kick inside own 22m (free kick against offending team). The main game will see DHS play Kearsney in a full 70-minute match.
|11h00||Thu.17Mar||Kloof||10||15||George Campbell||DHS 150th|
|12h00||Thu.17Mar||Clifton||5||15||Voortrekker (Pmb)||DHS 150th|
|13h00||Thu.17Mar||Port Natal||5||25||St Charles||DHS 150th|
|16h00||Thu.17Mar||Maritzburg College||10||10||Westville||DHS 150th|
As part of their 150th birthday celebrations, DHS will host a rugby day which like the Graeme College annual event in the Eastern Cape has attracted many of the best schools of the province. All the Tier-1 KZN rugby schools have been booked to take part in the DHS 150th Rugby Day on Thursday 17 March 2016.
George Campbell vs Kloof
Campbell won what looked like it had been a very good game 15-10 and their No.8 Njabulo Nkosi was MOTM (man of the match).
Voortrekker vs Clifton
This was a classic match of two halves. The first half very much belonged to Clifton. They played with good structure and looked well drilled. After domination through recycled ball generated by the pack that allowed for continuity, Clifton managed to use the possession to score from close via scrumhalf Stefan Muller.
Voortrekker seemed to get their hands on more ball after that but their best ground gainers were pick and drive play. They were largely ineffective when going wide as there was no real oomph amongst their backs.
Halftime 5-0 to Clifton
After impressing in the first half, Clifton went flatter than a pancake. The heat coupled with lack of preseason run compared to Vories, might took its toll on Clifton in this second half. Vories enjoyed the bulk of T&P and also went ahead on the penalty count. They eventually translated this increased ball into points when their overthrown lineout inside the Clifton 22 was collected by their no 5 lock (Nathan Kotze) who proved to be a useful carrier. His contribution paved the way for Zack Harmse to power over.
Continued pressure resulted in the best ball through the hands of the match for Vories and the overlap on the left wing was exploited as a result. No 11 Mtokozisi Mtshali scored for Vories to lead 10-5.
Just before the final whistle Vories extended their lead when Zack Harmse crashed over for his second try, this time near the right corner after a rolling maul and rumble set up after a lineout win.
Final score 15-5
St Charles vs Port Natal
St Charles’ upperbody strength seemed to come to the fore early on as they dominated Port Natal in the contacts. However they were only able to take full advantage after Port Natal intercepted a pass well inside the Porties half. The opportunist was caught and well tackled by SCC centre Sid Sibisi just passed halfway. A turnover resulted and the broken play disorganisation worked in SCC’s favour. They moved well into gaps and eventually no 11 Simphiwe Dubazane scored.
Soon after kickoff Super Sid showing no repercussions from a terrible leg break last year, displayed terrific strength on his feet to shake off a couple of tacklers and run in for a try from over 60m out.
10-0 at halftime to the Saints.
St Charles proved to be far too strong for Porties during the second half. The latter had to live off scraps.
SCC hooker Ryan vd Westhuizen was prominent at the start of the half. Although he dropped the ball in the act of scoring, he quickly made up for it when he was key to a driving maul which generated good forward progress, providing try-scorer flank Blake Chubb a well-taken chance to burst clear after taking a pop pass that came his way off the back of the forwards bunch.
St Charles variation and handling was of a decent standard. They used short passed to support runners well at times and their fourth try was a teamwork combination between backs and forwards, assisted by a good over the top pass and finished by none other than MOTM Sid Sibisi.
Porties finally got on the scoreboard when they rushed an attacking St Charles backline, forced a handling error which outside centre Lourens de Jager swooped on by picking up the dropped ball and run all of 80m to score.
Final score 20-5 to St Charles.
St Charles no 3 Duncan Du Buisson is MOTM.
Hilton vs Northwood
This game was clearly a step up from the ones that preceded it in turns of tempo and intensity. Northwood started the better of the two. Their tight five is very handy for setpieces and in the tight loose. They packed a physical edge as well. Their backs initially looked up to the task as well and produced a few threatening looking carries at first using well built players. In the end they did not have the silky skills needed to be more dangerous.
A goal line onslaught by Northwood finally paid dividends when hooker “Mr T” Mthembu forced his way over from close.
Hilton was missing two key destructive backs McGhee and Badenhorst and it showed in their attack at first. They dug deep and fought back to win more P&T against the big Knight pack. At crucial times Hilton’s self-disciple let them down though and they got pinged. By the break Hilton could not produce the attacking threats needed to break Northwood’s resistance. An upset was on the cards.
At halftime Northwood lead 5-0.
Hilton centre Nick Winskill was put into space and he ran to well within the Northwood 22m area before being stopped. It signified a turning tide in the game but Northwood also showed the ever-present resilience. They were not going to give anything away cheaply. After a few half chances, Hilton equalized through their classy flyhalf Angus Curtis who is a balanced runner that likes time on the ball. On one of his familiar drift runs he spotted a gap and used his acceleration to bisect two defenders just inside the Northwood 22. Once through the gap. it was an easy run in for a try under the sticks.
Northwood had a couple of redzone opportunities but made mistakes when they needed to be clinical. In between these plays, Hilton took their chance very well. With the added influence of big George Putter as well as other fresh legs, things evened up in the tight phase exchanges. A well-executed rolling maul saw Hilton hooker Kuza Kubwinana crash over for the winning points.
Full marks to both teams for putting on a worthy battle to watch unfold. It’s not the best Hilton team this season but they showed character and there are some fringe players who could still play important roles this season.
Final score 10-5 to Hilton.
Glenwood vs Michaelhouse
Glenwood has an outstanding team with depth this year and even without a few big name players for this match, they got the job done. Strong running centre Seun Maduna had a field day and was MOTM.
Michaelhouse is always disadvantaged at the start of the rugby season due to the school’s rigid commitment towards a balanced approach, meaning rugby preparation cannot interfere with summer sports. However in spite of their lack of match practice, the House players can hold their heads high. Not only do they have great school spirit they have an appreciation for ball through the hands rugby. It’s going to be a hard act to follow the two outstanding seasons that Michaelhouse 2014 and 2015 produced and although not as much is expected from this 2016, they came out and played attractive rugby at DHS. Their forwards won setpiece ball, their backs moved it through the hands with surprising efficiency at times, they got over the gain line a number of times and the forwards arrived to help recycle ball. Their continuity in the first half was very good at times and they had a good share of possession as a result of it. There was a framework for success on display and against any other opponents they at DHS 150th House could well have come away with a win. However they were outmuscled by a bigger, stronger team and their failure to protect the inside channel very costly in the end. The House try scorer was David Pachonick who is a useful 9, while 10 Dante Gutu has vision and the passing skills to back it up. From 12-15 there are players with something to offer. Due to a lack of size up front they may struggle but it would be foolish to underestimate them. Glenwood did not and recorded a useful win in the end. Halftime was 10-0 and fulltime 25-5.
Maritzburg College vs Westville
Westville got onto the score sheet first via centre Brogan Boulle, who’s angled run from within the 22m area after a successful lineout win, seemed to catch College napping on defence. He effortlessly breached the defence and ran in untouched.
Westville’s handling error provided College with a good attacking position from the scrum. They got ball wide to fullback Jaco Truter who did well to get College over the advantage line before being tackled inside the Ville 22. At that breakdown the ball squirted out the back, was picked up by a quick thinking Westville player (flank Dylan Taljaard) and channelled to Sabelo Mazibuko who ran about 80m to score and was clearly delighted, celebrating before he even dotted down.
Halftime 10-0 to Westville
College captain Craig Glover took a quick tap, centre Njabulo Mjara broke the line and with work still to be done wing Xolisa Guma once again showed why he is one of the best finishers around.
Westville came close to extending their lead via Taljaard. College had a player binned for repeated infringements at the ruck.
College’s good was given a bit of room on the right and used his licence to thrill to body check his marker out the way. Continuity was ensured and lock Durang Atembe set off on a meaningful tackle busting carry deep into the Westville 22 where he was well tackled to ground. The damage had however been done and moments later Ayanda Duma the replacement wing had crossed the white chalk for the equaliser.
It was a game of uncompromising toughness but in the end the handling errors reduce its appeal a little.
Final score 10-10 draw
DHS vs Kearsney
Kearsney held on to win 26-22 after leading 17-6 at the break. Sanele Nohamba of DHS was the Man of the Match
Match report here: