HTS Middelburg edged Noord-Kaap 21-19 on day one of the Kearsney Easter Festival, while there were also wins for Drostdy, Selborne, Pretoria Boys’, Monument and Glenwood.
Several games disappointingly turned into one-sided affairs, but the final match of the day between Middelburg and Noord-Kaap lived up to its billing.
A brilliant solo try by fullback Cameron Hufke put Noord-Kaap 5-3 up after they conceded an early penalty in inclement weather conditions. But the Middies Rooies reverted to a forward-oriented game plan and it paid dividends as first Andries Koen and then Dolf Rossouw barged over the tryline to give their team a 13-5 lead at the break.
Noord-Kaap were determined to stay in the contest and drew first blood at the resumption with a try from Yaseer Daniels. Hufke then negotiated the touchline conversion brilliantly to bring Noord-Kaap within a point. However, a penalty and an unconverted try pushed Middelburg two scores ahead with the last quarter approaching.
Late in the game, Noord-Kaap prop Conrad Aswegen made a surging break to set up centre Wium Bekker for a converted try to make it 21-19. From the restart Noord-Kaap retained possession and worked their way to the tryline, but a handling error halted their forward momentum, handling Middelburg a thrilling win.
In other results, Glenwood claimed a surprise 21-10 win over Framesby thanks to a 16-point haul from left wing Morné van Rensburg, who scored two tries and kicked three conversions. Monument defeated Dale 33-16, Pretoria Boys’ stunned Queen’s 22-15, Selborne hammered EG Jansen 46-19 and Drostdy upset hosts Kearsney 45-17.
Photo: Tracey Aardweg/Kearsney College