(Photo credit: Reece Truter/DHS)
A cold wet Saturday in Durban awaited Westville Boys' High School. After raining all morning, Mother Nature played her part and kept the rain and wind away for the 1st XV game. Westville had come to play some running rugby and they threw the ball around for the first 20 minutes.
With DHS having some good opportunities with the ball but not being able to put points on the board, Westville managed to score 2 tries in 4 minutes through some hard running and some poor defending. DHS put together some very good phases and a well-worked try through Brian Dosemba, duly converted by Shakur La Douce, put the Horseflies on the board.
DHS seemed to have the better of the kicking game, however, some poor decisions let us down and we were battling to apply real pressure at crucial times. A penalty by Shakur La Douce closed the gap but Westville, with a man down through a yellow card, managed to score just before half time and DHS trailed 10-21 at the break.
The second half started off in favour of DHS with an intercept try by Macneil Jenner from the restart, and DHS was back in the game at 17-21. Both sides were looking to have a real crack at running the ball, but it was DHS who were able to put points on the board through a very well-worked try from Taariq Kruger.
From the kick-off, DHS put Westville under pressure and got the turnover, with Brian Dosemba scoring his second try of the match to put DHS in the lead for the first time.
With time running out and wave after wave of pressure from the Westville attack, DHS was able to put in a monumental effort in defence. Westville was able to score but missed a crucial conversion to go ahead.
With School leading 27-26 and only a few minutes to go, we were able to get the ball back from some intense pressure and put together some great phases of pick-and-goes to wind the clock down to end a nail-biting game victorious on Van Heerden’s, 27-26.
1st XV Rugby Manager
Thank you to Reece Truter in Grade 8 for the photos.