Five tries from two players saw St John’s go to a convincing 33-16 win over Michaelhouse in an entertaining game, at St John’s, on Saturday.
Outside centre Jack Montgomery got a hat-trick and winger Daniel Deeks a brace as the home side turned it on in the second half after trailing by 12-13 at half time.
Michaelhouse had the edge in the first half. They took the home side on up front and St John’s made the mistake of trying to run everything at the visitors. When they tightened it up after the break they began to get the upper hand, and they began to exploit the gaps that appeared. Their backs, led by flyhalfBismark Olivier, launched a number of dangerous counter-attacks, which led to Montgomery’s second and third tries and Deeks’ second.
Michaelhouse could only score one try, by their captain Thami Zakwe.
Olivier was in good form with the boot. He converted four of the tries
It’s been a good year for the Houghton school. They held KES to a draw in their last outing and were unfortunate to go down by a single point to Jeppe earlier on. They were unbeaten at their Easter festival – they beat Noordheuwel and were ahead against Daniel Pienaar when the game was called off due to lightning.
They have three games to go, against Pretoria Boys’ High next weekend, followed by St Benedict’s, and end their season with the big one – the Joburg independent schools derby against St Stithians on June 22nd.
St John’s: Tries: Jack Montgomery (3), Daniel Deeks (2). Conversions: Bismark Olivier (4).
Michaelhouse: Try: Thami Zwake. Penalties: Kwanele Khumalo (3). Conversion: Khumalo.
Article and Photo by: Theo Garrun