(Photo Credit: Tracey van den Aardweg)
Kearsney travelled to Durban to play the highly rated Northwood team over their Founders weekend. The match was played in a very strong wind which had a major role in the game’s tactics.
Kearsney faced the wind head-on in the first half and was forced to keep the ball in hand. As expected, the hosts enjoyed the territorial advantage and launched numerous attacks with their bulky forwards around the fringes. They managed two tries and one conversion to lead 12-0 at half time.
Unfortunately, Kearsney suffered further injuries and lost both centres and a lock before half time.
The visitors’ used the wind well and applied the same pressure they experienced in the first half. They were well rewarded with tries from full-back Derick Marshall and flyhalf Matt Hind. Both tries came from scrums close to the try line. Jordan Bamber converted the first try and the scores were locked at 12-12 with seven minutes to play.
Northwood capitalised on a defensive error by Kearsney and their big front rower barged over from a ruck close to the try line, for the hosts to regain the lead at 17-12.
Both teams enjoyed scoring opportunities, but resolute defences kept the score the same in the exciting last minutes. Northwood eventually secured another penalty to lead 20 –12. Kearsney showed a lot of character and endeavoured a few more attempts, but ran out of time.
Kearsney must be commended for their efforts considering the injury setbacks they’ve had in the past few weeks, showing courage and a never give up attitude.
Article by: Sue Miles/Working Words cc