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Nories cap off hard two weeks with fifth consecutive victory

By Franco Oberholzer , in Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-04-01 Tags: , , , ,

Photo: Frans Lombard

Five in a row for Hoërskool Noordheuwel.

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Nories, with a third win at the 27th St John’s Easter Rugby Festival, took their unbeaten run to five matches, following on from two victories at the NMI Toyota North-South Tournament.

The side from Krugersdorp easily dealt with Voortrekker, cruising to a comfortable 47-3 win. Their gasman on the left wing, Linsey Jansen, continued his great try-scoring form, running in two more against the team from Bethlehem.

(Big Bad) Brad Brown put the Trekkers under severe pressure, pounding them with his aggressive runs in broken play, which also brought him two tries, including the second from inside his own half.

Jeandré Uithaler was in good kicking form, converting five of his side’s tries, for a personal haul of 10 points.

Hilton College also completed an unbeaten run through the festival, making Hoërskool Nelspruit their last victim. The men from just outside Pietermaritzburg ran in four tries to claim an impressive 32-17 victory over their opponents from Mpumalanga.

It wasn’t a straightforward victory, however, with Nellies appearing to be in the mood to pull off another fantastic fightback. Hilton’s strong defence, however, thwarted their opponent’s efforts.

Brad McLeod-Henderson‘s charges dominated the contact points, tackling Nelspruit backwards on more than one occasion. They also had the upper hand in the set phases. This laid the platform for a well-coached backline to run rampant.

Outside centre Khazimla Mokali and fullback Xola Makongolo rounded off two of the best tries seen over the course of the three days of action.

Nellies were by no means disappointing. Right winger and try-scoring machine, Jordan Pretorius, was once again on the scoresheet, going over for his team’s second try, just six minutes after Nelspruit hooker, Regardt Vermaak, had crossed for five.

The cost of their recent heavy schedule became apparent in the last 10 minutes, however, as Nellies’ intensity slipped, and Hilton added two more tries.


Noordheuwel 47 (26) – Tries: Lindsey Jansen (2), Brad Brown (2), Ighnatius Jantjes, Kean Steyn-Shawe, Jade Muller. Conversions: Jeandre Uithaler (5). Voortrekker 3 (3) – Penalty: Christian van der Sandt.

Hilton College 32 (15) – Tries: Khazimla Makali, Mitchell Wilson, Xola Makongolo, Zander Vorster. Conversion: Liyema Nela. Penalties: Xola Makongolo (2). Hoërskool Nelspruit 17 (12) – Regardt Vermaak, Jordon Pretorius, Banele Ngwenya. Conversion: Divan de Kock.

Franco Oberholzer
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