DHS's neighbours from across the Umgeni travelled to Van Heerden’s for this local derby match.
Northwood started the encounter better than DHS, with their halfbacks kicking effectively and putting School under pressure. Northwood was on the scoreboard first with a well worked converted try. DHS could not get their game plan into action, which they had so effectively used in last weekend’s hard-fought victory over Westville Boys’ High.
An unconverted try from DHS hooker, Stoney Stenekamp, put School on the scoreboard, before a penalty and a converted try stretched Northwood’s lead to 17-5 at the break. The first half was best summarised by DHS suffering recurring lineout issues, while the team was also guilty of a couple of costly missed tackles.
The large crowd urged DHS on in the opening minutes of the second half, but the ineffective pattern of kicking away hard-earned possession saw School not using the slight wind advantage to good effect. Ronnie Uys, the 1st XV team coach, made a number of replacements to inject some urgency into the DHS pack and midway through the second half, Brian Dosemba, School’s No. 8 was able to score a converted try and put DHS back into contention at 12-20.
However, Northwood, in turn, responded with a brace of tries within 4 minutes, stretching their lead to 34-12. With time running out, some good phases were built by DHS with Sibongisipho Zondi scoring, duly converted by Nhlakanipho Nene, to finish the match at 34-19 in Northwood’s favour.
Our congratulations go to Northwood and we trust that School will have learnt from the experience and, in particular, become more effective both at the breakdown point and their overall kicking game.
There is plenty of fire in this DHS outfit but with all fixtures being closely contested, it is imperative that the game plan is successfully implemented for the result to sway in School’s favour.
Our 1st XV team travels to Hillcrest this weekend to participate in the Kearsney Easter Festival and will play against Hoӫrskool Transvalia, Dr EG Jansen and HTS Drostdy, with fixtures taking place on Thursday, Saturday and Monday respectively. We wish the team well in this highly regarded festival and trust that our supporters will make every effort to support them.
Kearsney Festival Fixtures:
Thursday 18 April - DHS vs Hoerskool Transvalia @ 15h45
Saturday 20 April - DHS vs Dr E G Jansen @ 14h30
Monday 22 April - DHS vs HTS Drostdy @ 13h15
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