A thrilling 1-point Glenwood first XV win highlighted the KZN10.com action. The Green Machine prevailed 27-26 over Dr EG Jansen in scoring the match-clincher in the dying seconds.
The two other KZN10 teams Durban High School and Kearsney gave their opponents a thing or three to think about but came up on the wrong side of the points’ margin.
Feature image Travis Nightingale: Flyhalf vs Flyhalf – Glenwood’s matchwinner JordaHendrikse and EG Jansen’s Kyle Potgieter.
GLENWOOD (7) 27 EG JANSEN (14) 26
It was a bruising battle between the EG Jansen boys from Boksburg and their Durban counterparts. In the match-deciding last quarter, Glenwood went into a 1-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 3 minutes old when EG Jansen centre Duane Bloem burst through. Flyhalf Kyle Potgieter’s conversion put the Boksburg Bombers 7-0 up. EG extended their lead midway through the half when Potgieter carved open the defence for his converted try (14-0).
Glenwood hit back in the last seconds of the half when centre Lehlohonolo Litabe flew over, converted by number 10 Jordan Hendrikse for a 7-14 score at half-time.
The game was played at a fast pace, and the tackles ferocious, which led to handling mistakes. A kick-ahead by EG Jansen led to an error in the red zone and 125kg prop forward Brandon Pienaar powered over (19-7).
Glenwood employed quick hands for centre Martino van Wyk to breach the whitewash. Hendrikse added the conversion and struck a penalty goal soon after to ensure that EG Jansen’s healthy 12-point lead was suddenly whittled down to a shaky 2.
And Hendrikse was not done yet. A 40-metre penalty goal put Glenwood into a 20-19 lead. It was the first time the never-say-never Green Machine had taken the lead – and with just 5 minutes remaining.
EG Jansen came storming back when hooker Kyle Pepler ran 40m down the touchline to score a converted try in the corner, and with that the lead changed back to EG Jansen 26-20.
With time up on the clock the Green Machine fed the ball left and Steven Gibb went over in the corner. The BMT that is Jordan Hendrikse threaded the needle from the touchline to give the game to Glenwood 27-26 win in an intense, super-charged finish.
EG Jansen: Potgieter (11), Pepler (5), Pienaar (5), Bloem (5)
Glenwood: Van Wyk (5), Litabe (5), Gibb (5), Hendrikse (12)
KEARSNEY COLLEGE (11) 11 PRETORIA BOYS HIGH (12) 27
Kearsney traditionally open 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.
It was Pretoria who scored first when winger Tim Glatthaar beat the cover defence to score in the corner (5-0).
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. 5-5 became 8-5 when KC scrummie Jordan Bamber slotted a penalty.
Boys High rallied for Glatthaar to go over for his second try following broken play in the Kearsney red zone. Flyhalf Justin Cross’s two-pointer took PBHS to 12-8 but Bamber banged over a penalty on the stroke of half-time to leave the Pretoria lads hanging on to the lead at 12-11.
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’s conversion saw Pretoria increasing their lead to 19-11. A long-range penalty by Cross increased it further to 22-11.
Aidan Bristow, PBHS captain and flank, scored the final try which was converted for the 27-11 final outcome.
PBHS: J Glatthaar (10), J Collaros (5), A Bristow (5), J Cross (7)
Kearsney: B Taylor (5), J Bamber (6)
DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL (0) 12 TRANSVALIA (19) 34
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 scored 3 tries in the first half. It took 19 minutes before flank Christiaan Burger dotted down. Lock forward Marno Swanepoel showed good skills 4 minutes later in going over the tryline and flyhalf Shaun Christie converted. He also converted the next try, 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 Anrich Botes stormed over. A few minutes later centre Ronan Elhers beat the defence to dot down. Neither touchdown was converted, leaving Transvalia 29-5 ahead.
With conditions becoming fairly dark, the DHS handling seemed to improve. Transvalia had, however, added to their try tally when fullback Marnus Theunissen touched down. With the scoreboard shining brightly, DHS centre Nhlakanipho Nene rounded the defence to score under the poles, converted by Ngobeni Dlamini for the final score of 12-34.
Transvalia: Burger (5), Ehlers (5), Swanepoel (5), Botes (5), Graham (5), Theunissen (5), Christie (4)
DHS: Nene (5), Dosemba (5), Dlamini (2)
HTS Middelburg 14 HTS Drostdy 19; Selborne College 29 Noord Kaap 10; Welkom Gimnasium 25 Framesby 25