Kearsney thumped hosts Northwood 45-3 in the first Classic Clash of the season in Durban on Saturday.
Northwood held their own in the first half, especially in the opening quarter, but fell off the pace in the second stanza as Kearsney seized control.
The visitors started strongly, with captain Dylan Richardson making a searing break to set up wing Robbie Koenig for a try after only four minutes. Flyhalf Jacques Odendaal then negated the strong wind to convert from the touchline.
Northwood captain Robin Weersma, who hails from the Netherlands, got his team on the board with a penalty goal. But the hosts conceded an unorthodox second try before the break to trail 12-3.
The second half was all Kearsney, as their ball-in-hand approach resulted in five more tries without conceding any points in return.
Having scored before the interval, influential prop Matthew Heard completed his double shortly after the restart, while Richardson grabbed a second half brace.
Wing Reece Daniel and lock Ross Taylor rounded off Kearnsey’s scoring spree, but the result was somewhat overshadowed by several injuries to players from both sides.
Northwood – Penalty: Robin Weersma.
Kearsney – Tries: Robbie Koenig, Matthew Heard (2), Dylan Richardson (2), Reece Daniel, Ross Taylor. Conversion: Jaqcues Odendaal (5).
Northwood – 15 Staten Kennedy, 14 Mvelo Mlangeni, 13 McMillan Mudhara, 12 Tyren Kroos, 11 Tapiwa Nyungani, 10 Robin Weersma (c), 9 Hugo Scholler, 8 Quniso Khati, 7 Sinbusio Khumala, 6 Cameron Smith, 5 Mpumelelo Xulu, 4 Daan Hoogwerf, 3 Brandon van Wyk, 2 Bayanda Cele, 1 Junior Mbulino.
Kearsney – 15 James Sutherland, 14 Reece Daniel, 13 Matt Blair, 12 Grant Sander, 11 Robbie Koenig, 10 Jacques Odendaal, 9 Matt du Toit, 8 Dylan Richardson (c), 7 Sibu Sangweni, 6 Nicholas Baines, 5 Torin Tedder, 4 Ross Taylor, 3 Matthew Heard, 2 Daniel Cherry, 1 Ross Parsons.
Subs: 16 Taine Polzi, 17 Robert Lawrence, 18 Zwakele Mchunu, 19 Dylan Bissett, 230 Jared Williamson, 21 Ayron Kayser, 22 Taine Muirhead, 23 Gcina Gumede.
Photo: Tracey van Aardweg/Kearsney College