Michaelhouse draw first blood

Michaelhouse are hoping to build on their 18-17 win against Westville last Saturday.

Westville made the early running, but handling errors, ill-discipline and poor decision making saw them squander scoring opportunities and hemorage penalties (especially at the breakdown) which kept Michaelhouse afloat.

While the result will be a morale booster for Michaelhouse, considering they lost to Westville early in 2009, coach Gavin Ross stressed that neither team played to their potential.

‘Both teams delivered typical pre-season performances,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘Westville made a lot of errors and we took a while to find our rhythm. That wasn’t surprising as we only started our pre-season work [excluding gym and fitness training] a week ago, because of commitments to cricket, basketball and waterpolo.

‘While we still have a lot of work to do, there were some positives from the game. We had a lot more backline cohesion in the second half as our centres started to find their [running] lines and our kickers started to find their marks. Coming out on top also gives the boys a lot of confidence.’

Other KwaZulu-Natal results:
Kearsney 66 Voortrekker 7
Weston 55 Linpark 10
Kearsney 2nd XV 26 Port Natal 18
Northwood 17 Pinetown 7
Carter 10 Alexandra 5

By Rory Keohane