As we look forward to a KZN10.com Super Saturday featuring Kearsney College hosting Maritzburg College and DHS travelling to Michaelhouse, let’s look back on the recent match-up between the fine young men from Botha’s Hill and the worthy lads from School.
Kearsney hosted DHS for a great Saturday afternoon’s running rugby in which neither team disappointed.
Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: Kearsney fullback Derick Marshall in possession during the win against DHS on Stott Field last Saturday
The visitors got the scoreboard rolling with a penalty in the 12th minute from a breakdown infringement in the Kearsney half.
The hosts responded quickly and scored a classic counter-attack try through fullback Derick Marshall, 8th man Massimo Fierro and winger Luke Dudley doing some good work before passing to scrumhalf Jordan Bamber who outsprinted the cover defence to score under the posts.
The versatile Bamber converted his own try for a 7-3 Kearsney lead.
The lads who stand by the motto Carpe Diem then scored from a trademark pick-and- go via prop Bradley Taylor after sustained pressure to stretch the lead to 12-3.
DHS responded well, scoring a converted try by captain and lock Taariq Kruger from a quickly-taken tap penalty, to reduce the deficit to 10-12.
Kearsney had the last say in the half with a spectacular try by fullback Derick Marshall after excellent play by centre Connor de Bruyn.
Half-time score 17-10 for the hosts.
Kearsney started the second half at high pace but unfortunately the good work was undone with a handling error in close quarters.
DHS clawed their way back into the game, scoring a deserved converted try to level the scores at 17-17.
Kearsney, in coming back, played good rugby and were rewarded with a converted lineout-maul try by hooker Reid Stuart to restore the lead again at 24-17.
DHS responded with a penalty to close the score at 24-20 to the hosts.
The hosts showed solid, resolute defence while DHS displayed exciting attacking skills.
With the try count reading 4-2, Kearsney were worthy winners.
Outstanding players for Kearsney were Marshall, Dudley, De Bruyn, Bamber, Fierro and captain Ox Carmody.
The win gives the Kearsney squad and coaches Barend Steyn and Nico Breedt momentum leading into Saturday’s much-looked-forward-to match with the Maritzburg College first XV on Stott Field.
Let’s hope Kearsney physio Scott Munroe has had a quiet week leading into this KZN10 Super Saturday muscle-up.
From the Durban High School perspective there is much in the way of good stuff for the team and coaches Ronnie Uys and Ruan Lombard to take away from the Kearsney clash ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Michaelhouse on Meadows – and a couple of finer points to iron out – perhaps from a defence perspective.
Again, KZN10.com hopes that DHS physio Marc Colia has enjoyed a quiet week.
* Meat of the text supplied by Kearsney – Jono mixed and matched, added bits and pieces here and there.