KES feel the pain in Pretoria

Pretoria Boys’ High inflicted KES’s first defeat of the season, winning 13-11 in the nation’s capital on Saturday, while Wynberg and Paul Roos both claimed victories in the Western Cape.

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KES’s hopes of having an unbeaten side for the first time in over three decades were shattered when they had a late try disallowed with Boys’ High then scoring a controversial try at the other end when they appeared to have been held up over the line.

KES probably should have won the game after leading 11-6, but flyhalf Lucien Fruiters missed two penalties. According to coach Carl Spilhaus, inside centre Jarred Meyer had a great game for KES, scoring his side’s only try, while flanker Sena Esterhuizen was also superb.

In the Western Cape, Wynberg continued their hot streak by defeating a disjointed Rondebosch side 13-0.

The hosts were full value for their win and controlled possession far more efficiently than the visitors.

The first two tries were set up by Keiran Goss, with the impressive flyhalf starting the move from inside his own half and rounding defenders at will. The ball was held up just short of the line and the pivot floated a well-weighted pass that found industrious No 8 Ryan Lok who dived over for the opening score.

Wynberg held a slender 5-0 lead at the break and played the territorial game more intellingently than their guests in the second half, pinning the Bosch side back in their half for long periods of time. After Goss had added another penalty to give the hosts an 8-0 lead, Wynberg again found themselves in the visitors’ 22. From the ensuing lineout, Goss changed direction and his pass found hooker and captain, Nic Mitchell, who crossed for the simplest of touchdowns. The conversion was wide but at 13-0 the game was over as a contest.

For the hosts, right winger Zingisi Ndiki was a standout with his powerful running that caused the visitors numerous headaches on defence. For Rondebosch, scrumhalf Chris Keet and captain Chad Mathews led the lone fight against their counterparts.

In other Cape schoolboy fixtures Paarl Boys’ thumped a depleted Bishops side 31-12, scoring five unanswered tries. The game was won up front and in particular by Boys’ High’s two front rowers, Adriaan Botha and Frans Malherbe.

‘Paarl deserved their win, our boys just did not step up to the plate,’ Bishops coach Dave Mallett told keo.co.za.

Meanwhile, Paul Roos had to pull out all the stops to beat a determined SACS side 12-8 in Newlands. Paul Roos’s Craven Week fullback Craig Barry scored the all important try to seal victory for the Stellenbosch outfit.

Boland Landbou had too many guns for Drostdy winning 27-14 and scoring four tries to two. Landbou flyhalf Tiaan Radyn directed proceedings like a seasoned campaigner and set up the majority of the home side’s tries.

Weekend’s Results:

Boland
Hugenote 33 Schoonspruit 3
Vrendendal 23 Charlie Hofmeyer 15
Tulbacht 8 Goudini 12

Eastern Cape
Outeniqua 18 Paarl Gym 15
Langenhoven Gym 53 George Interschools 7
Marlow 68  Adelaide Gim 10

Gauteng
Pretoria Boys’ 13 KES 11
Heidelberg Volkskool 24 Hugenote 17
Brandwag 36 Die Anker 5
Hans Moore 49 Elpark 21
Sasolburg High 24 Afrikaans Sasolburg 14
Birchleigh 38 Delmas 19
Stoffberg 18 Johan Jurgens 11
Helpmekaar 75 Alberton 3
Jan Viljoen 27 Roodepoort 11
Dinamika 28 Bastion 12

KwaZulu-Natal
Glenwood 23 Maritzburg College 11
Westville 22 DHS 3
Kearsney 24 Northwood 6

Western Cape
Wynberg 13 Rondebosch 0
Bishops 12 Paarl Boys’ 31
SACS 8 Paul Roos 12
Boland Landbou 27 Drostdy 14
Bellville High 3 Tygerberg High 13
De Kuilen 17 DF Malan
HHH 5 Paarl Vallei 34
Hamlets 13 Scottsdene 13
SK Wlamers 13 Tygerberg 21
Fish Hoek 15 Kasselsvlei 24
Milnerton 13 Jan Van Riebeck 7
Durbanville 32 Bellville Tech 27
Hamiltons 12 Bergvliet 7
Monument 20 Strand 11
Rangers 19 Elsies River 10
Excelsior 36 Collegians 10
Brackenfell17 Oakdale 38
Stellenberg 29 New Orleans 12

By Gareth Wright