Three teams go into today, the final day, of the 2022 Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival having won both their matches – Durban High School (DHS), Hoërskool Monument and Glenwood.
HOëRSKOOL MONUMENT 7 – 5 DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL (DHS)
The much-awaited game between Monnas, arguably the top side at the festival, and KZN’s Durban High School who have impressed so far, started with DHS getting on the board in the first minute of the game. Wing Maurice Willemse sped down the right touchline to score in the corner for a 5-0 lead.
Thereafter play moved up and down the field with defences holding to prevent either side from scoring. With just minutes before half time, left wing Kelvin van Wyk scored after good support play to even the score, but Monument went ahead 7-5 with the conversion by Tylor Sefoor.
Conditions changed early in the second half when the rain began falling, after a pleasant morning when the sun peeped through. But the drama was yet to come. The conditions made it very difficult for running rugby and play moved from maul to ruck to maul with no advantage to either side.
Monument was reduced to 14 men in the last few minutes and DHS were pressing. Flyhalf Deano Boesak had two opportunities to put DHS in the lead with two penalties awarded.
The first was about 10 minutes from the end and was a little optimistic, with a heavy ball and 40m out. It failed to reach the posts.
In the dying minutes he had a slightly easier kick, but was kicking into a breeze. It went wide to leave Monnas narrow 7-5 winners.
Monument: Try Van Wyk; Conversion Sefoor
DHS: Try Willemse
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Issued on behalf of the STANDARD BANK KEARSNEY EASTER RUGBY FESTIVAL
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Photo:DHS Flank Connor Carson
All photos by TRACEY VAN DEN AARDWEG