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A complete performance takes DHS to big Kearsney Easter Festival win

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DHS went over for six tries against Rustenburg, all converted, to score a big win on day two of the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival.
DHS went over for six tries against Hoërskool Rustenburg, all converted, to score a big win on day two of the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival.

Durban High School vs Hoërskool Rustenburg

After initially starting slowly, Durban High School (DHS) hit their straps against Hoërskool Rustenburg on Saturday at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank, running in six tries in a 45-0 rout in game four.

A few unforced errors notwithstanding, DHS produced another confident and composed performance, buoyed by an impressive defensive display and ferocious physicality in contact.

They have yet to ship a single point at the festival and will be favoured to see off Pearson High School on the final day of play, on Monday.

Rusties, who were beaten 26-25 by Worcester Gimnasium on day one, succumbed again, despite some strong moments on defence. They face a tough task on the final day, going up against Rondebosch Boys’ High in their last outing.

DHS got onto the board through an early penalty from Aka Boqwana before a powerful driving maul saw captain Mahle Sithole grab his second try of the weekend. Eighthman Khanyisa Stamper added the Horseflies’ second after a strong run from a well-worked quick tap, which made it 17-0 at half-time.

DHS never really looked like conceding, and scored further tries through Adriano Jackson (two), Zenkosi Mthiyane and José Lottering, with a flawless goal kicking performance by Boqwana adding further gloss to the scoreline.

Hoërskool Monument vs Hoërskool Framesby

The highly regarded Hoërskool Monument had to dig deep to produce a come-from-behind 22-17 victory over Hoërskool Framesby in game five on Saturday.

For the first 45 minutes, Framesby had rattled Monnas, taking the game directly at their massive forward pack and closing down the spaces to leave the Krugersdorp boys looking strangely out of sorts.

For long periods of play, Framesby forced Monument onto the defensive with a cohesive and well-co-ordinated forward-based attack.
For long periods of play, Framesby forced Monument onto the defensive with a cohesive and well-co-ordinated forward-based attack.

Good tactical kicking by no. 10 Justin Viljoen and fast ball movement out wide to their flying wingers helped get Monument on the front foot and they eventually delivered a hard-fought and deserved win.

Flyhalf Logan Muller missed with an early penalty attempt for the boys in red and blue, but they were soon on the scoreboard when Johan van Zyl scored the game’s opening try 10 minutes in. Up until that point, they had been all over Monnas without much reward, but when Damion Witbooi touched down from an interception, the scoreboard provided a more accurate reflection of the game.

After their slow start, Monument slowly started to make some headway and created several opportunities with the ball in hand. Their efforts were eventually rewarded when Geoffrey French dotted down.

The boys from Krugersdorp struggled to get out of their own half in the first 30, with unforced errors and accurate game management from Framesby keeping them pinned deep inside their territory.

Coach Louis Gerber‘s side picked up where they had left off early in the second-half, with Muller slotting a penalty to extend their lead to 17-7, but, after playing second fiddle for virtually the entire contest, Monument began to pick up steam.

From practically nowhere, two tries from the electric Ernesto Oersen and one from RJ Barnard put Monnas in front. Sound tactical kicking kept them in the right parts of the field, and they never looked back.

Glenwood High School vs Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen

Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen eased to a 20-8 win over Glenwood High School in the penultimate game of day two with the manner of their victory, following a one-sided whipping of Noord-Kaap on day one, suggesting they are one of the elite sides of the festival and, possibly, in the country this season.

EG Jansen’s slick backline play and offensive organisation underpinned their performance, with Matthew Bergman controlling the tempo sublimely from first-receiver and his combination with centres Steven Williams and Jeandré Jacobs causing Glenwood all sorts of problems.

The Green Machine started brightly enough, asking a lot of questions with ball in hand, but it wasn’t long before the Boksburg boys found their rhythm through their powerful mauling and ball carrying.

Some accurate passing amongst the backs provided TK Ngobese with enough room to score Egies‘ opener, but a Leo Weber penalty reduced the gap almost immediately.

After setting up shop deep inside Glenwood territory, Danré Pike scored off the back of a rolling maul, before Zaide-Leigh Rippenaar touched down for the last say of the first half.

Dr EG Jansen ran in four tries in a deserved win over Glenwood.
Dr EG Jansen ran in four tries in a deserved win over Glenwood.

Glenwood found themselves under even more pressure after the break and struggled to create meaningful opportunities after being starved of the ball and any meaningful field position.

There were few gaps to be found in the opposition’s well organised defence and the Green Machine resorted to kicking, which soon saw Jansies launching further attacks against the Durban school.

Riekus van der Merwe scored EG Jansen’s fourth of the afternoon, but Glenwood showed good fight to score their only try in the last movement of the game, with Caleb Reeding going over in the left-hand corner.

Kearsney College vs Rondebosch Boys’ High School

Kearsney College took the game to Rondebosch Boys’ High early on, but the Cape Town boys withstood the early onslaught to turn the tide and run out 22-8 winners in the final game of day two.

The One-Stripe showed great ardour from the kick-off, throwing themselves at the navy jerseys with zeal, but they were unable to maintain that kind of intensity for the full 60 minutes, especially as ‘Bosch’s defences were so resolute.

Kearsney's Cameron Veenstra launches a counterattack against Rondebosch. Photo: Hannah Shirley
Kearsney’s Cameron Veenstra launches a counterattack against Rondebosch. Photo: Hannah Shirley

Flyhalf David Simon was again at the heart of everything Rondebosch did well, with his decision-making and tactical nous continually putting his side on the front foot. In the end, Bosch’s superior
tactical awareness and organisation proved to be the difference.

Daniel Eagar opened the scoring, landing a penalty, to put the hosts in front, but, given the pressure they had exerted on Rondebosch in the early going, it was scant reward for their efforts.

Rondebosch slowly began to boss proceedings and claimed their first try through second-rower Carl Geddie.

The visitors went down a man after fullback Dylan Miller saw yellow for a dangerous hit on Eagar
inside Rondebosch’s 22, but Kearsney botched the ensuing five-metre lineout and headed into halftime 3-7 down.

Coach Neil van Heerden‘s Kearsney side went up a level after Randall John Davids added to Bosch’s try tally, and Eagar found himself in the thick of things once more, after scything through to bag the home side’s only try of the day.

Simon added three more points for the visitors soon thereafter, before an Ismaeel Conrad try closed out the win.


Durban High School 45 (17) – Tries: Adriano Jackson (2), Mahle Sithole, Khanyisa Stamper, Zenkosi Mthiyane, José Lottering. Conversions: Aka Boqwana (6). Penalty: Aka Boqwana. Hoërskool Rustenburg 0.

Hoërskool Monument 22 (7) – Tries: Ernesto Oersen (2), Geoffrey French, RJ Barnard. Conversion:  Justin Viljoen. Hoërskool Framesby 17 (14) – Tries: Johan van Zyl, Damion Witbooi. Conversions: Logan Muller (2). Penalty: Logan Muller.

Hoërskool Dr EG Jansen 20 (15) – Tries: TK Ngobese, Danré Pike, Zaide-Leigh Rippenaar, Riekus van der Merwe. Glenwood High School 8 (3) – Try: Caleb Reeding. Penalty: Leo Weber.

Rondebosch Boys’ High School 22 (7) – Tries: Carl Geddie, Randall John Davids, Ismaeel Conrad. Conversions: David Simon (2). Penalty: David Simon. Kearsney College 8 (3) – Try: Daniel Eager. Penalty: Daniel Eager.

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