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Friday, 19 April 2019 14:00

Rugby: Kearsney Festival Match Reports - Day 1





The final game on the first day of KERF was between locals DHS and HoerskoolTransvalia, making their first visit to the festival. It was a case of ‘if only’ for DHS who made too many mistakes and these were capitalised on by the boys from Vanderbijlpark.

Transvalia managed to score three tries in the first half. It took 19 minutes before the first points when flank Christiaan Burger dotted down. Four minutes later lock Marno Swanepoel showing good skills went over and this time flyhalf Shaun Christie converted. He also converted the next try that was scored by lock Gareth Graham to take Transvalia into a 19-0 lead at the break.

From the kick off flank Brian Dosemba stormed 50m, breaking two tackles to open the scoring for DHS.

Transvalia, looking the more accomplished with ball in hand, scored again when prop AnrichBotes stormed over. This was followed a few minutes later as centre Ronan Elhers beat the defence to dot down, but neither was converted, leaving Transvalia 29-5 ahead.

With conditions becoming fairly dark, DHS handling seemed to improve. Transvalia had however added to their try tally when fullback MarnusTheunissen dotted down. With the scoreboard shining brightly, DHS centre Nhlakanipho Nene rounded the defence to score under the poles, converted by Ngobeni Dlamini for a final score of 12-34.

Try scorers:

Transvalia: Burger (5), Ehlers (5), Swanepoel (5), Botes (5), Graham (5), Theunissen (5), Christie (2,2)

DHS: Nene (5), Dosemba (5), Dlamini (2)




In a hard-fought physical encounter between Glenwood and Dr EG Jansen, back after missing last year, the game was on a knife edge for the last quarter. Glenwood went into a slender one-point lead for a brief period before EG Jansen snatched it back. Glenwood did not give up and scored in the final seconds to win the nail-biter.

The first half was just three minutes old when EG Jansen centre Duane Bloem burst through to score and, with a good conversion by Kyle Potgieter, saw the visitors from Boksburg 7-0 in front.

They extended their lead midway through the half when flyhalfPotgieter saw the defence open in front of him, allowing a dot downunder the uprights for an easy conversion and a 14-0 lead.

Glenwood did not lie down and came back to score in the last seconds of the half, when centre LehlohonoloLitabe dived over, converted by Jordan Hendrikse, for a 7-14 score at half time.

The game was played at a fast pace, and the tackles were ferocious, which led to handling mistakes by both sides. A kick ahead by EG Jansen, a mistake in the defence in the red zone and prop forward Branden Pienaar stormed over for a try. The conversion was surprisingly missed but EG Jansen were 19-7 up.

Glenwood moved the ball through a number of hands; and it was centre Martino van Wykwho managed to get over the line, converted by Hendrikse, who added a penalty shortly after Glenwood to trail by just two points at 17-19.

A long 40m penalty by Hendrikse put Glenwood into a 20-19 lead with five minutes remaining.

EG Jansen came storming back when hooker Kyle Pepler ran 40m down the touch line to score a converted try in the corner, and with that the lead changed back to EG Jansen 26-20.

Glenwood were determined and with time up on the clock they fed the ball left and Steven Gibb went over in the corner. Hendrickse needed to thread the needle from the touchline; and this he did to give Glenwood a 27-26 win in an outstandingly exciting finish.

Point scorers:

EG Jansen: Potgieter (2,5,2,2), Pepler (5), Pienaar (5), Bloem (5)

Glenwood: Van Wyk (5), Litabe (5), Gibb (5), Hendrickse (2,3,2,2,3)




An evenly matched first half saw HTS Drostdy from Worcester scoring just before half-time for a 19-14 lead. The two sides had each scored twice before the try that gave Drostdy the lead.

Fullback Keane Galant had shown a clean pair of heels in scoring two tries, both converted by Carlton Pietersen. HTS Middelburg’s first try went to hooker Rivaldo de Kock following a rolling maul. The second went to centre Christiaan Vlok with an intercept in the Drostdy 22m area. Both were converted by flyhalf Alec Vermaak.

Drostdy took the lead when flank Wynand du Plessis burst through the defence to dive over for an unconverted try and a 19-14 lead.

The second half saw no further points as the two competitive sides made every attempt to score but good defence prevented them doing so, leaving the final score 19-14 to HTS Drostdy.

Point scorers:

HTS Drostdy: Galant (5,5), Du Plessis (5), Mostert (2,2)

HTS Middelburg: Vlok (5), De Kock (5), Vermaak (2,2)




Selborne College, who is at the festival for the 12th consecutive time, used their forward power to win the majority of the possession and territory. Noord-Kaap spent most of the first half defending. Selborne scored three tries and were over the line on two other occasions, but Noord-Kaap defence prevented them dotting down.

The first Selborne try was scored by lock Grant Pretorius, and well converted by Warrick Day. Fly-half Day converted the second try scored by eighth-man Raiden Masters for a 14-0 lead.

The third try came in the last minute of the half, when prop forward Dylan Minnaar dived over. This time it was not converted, for a 19-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw Noord-Kaap winning more ball and this enabled their swift backline to make a bigger impression. They scored two tries on either side of a fourth Selborne try. The first was to fullback Elzandro Fredericks and the second by wingJacquin van Wyk. The Selborne try was by flank Jarrod Taylor.

Selborne continued with their pressure and they were rewarded when prop Loyiso Peteni went over in thecorner for a 29-10 win.

Point scorers:

Selborne: Masters (5), Taylor (5), Pretorius (5), Peteni (5), Minnaar (5), Day (2,2)

Noord-Kaap: Fredericks (5), Van Wyk (5)





The second game of KERF saw two powerhouses, HoerskoolFramesby from Port Elizabeth against Welkom Gimnasium in their second year at the festival.

Framesby were quickly on the scoreboard following pace by Cadan-Wade Finnis down the right flank for a 5-0 lead in the 90th second of the game.

Welkom opened their score with a penalty by flyhalf Bennie Human. Welkom forwards, a number of them under 19, began having the better of exchanges which led to hooker MartleyBayman diving over for their first try.

Pressure continued by the Free Staters and their lead increased to 11-5 when fullback Marchall Andrews converted. Framesby flyhalf Jaundre Liebenberg reciprocated to reduce the lead to 11-8.

Centre Keith van Aswegen scored two tries minutes apart, both converted by Andrews, to take Welkom into a healthy 25-8 lead at half-time.

Framesby came out in the second half, moving the ball trying to tire the heavy Welkom forwards. They were rewarded with two tries in the first 20 minutes of the half, to reduce the deficit to 18-25 as neither was converted.

The first went to hooker William Moffat after some forward interplay and the second where Moffat was stopped just short, but wing Tiaan Smith was on hand to dot down.

A tense and exciting finish saw flank Ruan du Preez going over for Framesby with just 30 seconds remaining. The try was converted by Liebenberg to tie the second game 25-25.

Point scorers:

Welkom Gimnasium: Bayman (5), Van Aswegen (5,5), Human (3), Andrews (3,2,2)

Framesby: Finnis (5), Moffatt (5), Smith (5), Du Preez (5), Liebenberg (3,2)




Kearsney traditionally opens their Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival and this year, the 12th, it was against Pretoria Boys. Kearsney had the better of the first half, but it was all PBHS in the second half for a 27-11 win.

After initially feeling out each other it was Pretoria who scored when wing Tim Glatthaar beat the cover defence to score in the corner for a five-point lead.

Gradually the Kearsney forwards began dominating and after 17 minutes it was prop forward Bradley Taylor who opened their scoring with a try, after the forwards had advanced 15m with pick and go driving. The scores were level but Kearsney sneaked ahead following a penalty by scrumhalf Jordan Bamber.

Boys High rallied and exerted their own pressure which led to Glatthaar going over for his second try following broken play in the Kearsney red zone. It was easily converted by flyhalf Justin Cross. On the stroke of half-time a penalty by Bamber narrowed the score to 11-12.

The second half saw a change with Pretoria exerting most of the pressure. Early in the half scrumhalf Jaden Collaros ran 20m through the defence to score and Cross’ conversion saw Pretoria increasing their lead to 19-11. A long-range penalty by Cross increased it further to 22-11.

Aidan Bristow, captain and flank, scored the final try which was converted.

Point scorers:

PBHS: J Glatthaar (5,5), J Collaros (5), A Bristow (5), J Cross (3,2,2)

Kearsney: B Taylor (5), J Bamber (3,3)



Day 2: Saturday 20: 08h30 Hillcrest Primary v U13 KZN Ibutho; 09h30 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap v HTS Middelburg; 10h45 HoërskoolTransvalia v Pretoria Boys; 12h00 Kearsney v HoërskoolFramesby; 13h15 Welkom Gimnasium v HTS Drostdy; 14h30 DHS v EG Jansen; 15h45 Selborne v Glenwood


Day 3: Monday 22: 08h30 Highbury v U13 KZN Ibutho; 09h30 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap v EG Jansen; 10h45 HTS Middelburg v Pretoria Boys; 12h00 Selborne v HoërskoolFramesby; 13h15 DHS v HTS Drostdy; 14h30 Glenwood v HoërskoolTransvalia; 15h45 Kearsney v Welkom Gimnasium


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All photos Day 1 by TRAVIS NIGHTINGALE

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