Pearson pipped at post in thriller

NICO Malan’s Selvyn Davids crossed twice as the Humansdorp school withstood early pressure from Pearson to win their schools’ rugby clash 20-13 at Pearson at the weekend. The game was a cracking affair, as expected with both schools ranked in the top 40 in South Africa.

At the start of the match, Pearson took control and dominated most of the first half with excellent driving by their powerhouse pack.

The continuous pressure led to two penalties by fullback Nico Burden as Pearson went up 6-0.

A lapse in concentration in the Pearson defence led to Nico Malan scoring their first try after a brilliant run by centre Davids, who dotted down in the corner.

What looked like a try against an upright for Pearson lock Linden Gordon was disallowed because of no clear evidence of the ball being grounded. This could have resulted in a healthy lead for the home team, but Pearson hit back just before halftime with a try by strong-running centre Siwa Mandlake to take a 13-10 lead.

The second half was a continuous battle for supremacy between the two sides but, in the end, an interception by Nico Malan, rounded off by the speedy Davids, made the difference as Nico Malan edged to a 20-13 win.

IN the first team hockey encounters, Pearson proved too strong for their Nico Malan counterparts, winning both matches easily.

The boys first team started fairly slowly and led 2-0 at the break. After halftime, though, it was one-way traffic and Pearson slotted seven more goals to make the full time score 9-0.

In the girls’ encounter, Pearson continued with the good form they showed at the recent St Mary’s hockey festival in Johannesburg, dominating from the start.

Camryn Riddle scored the first goal for Pearson and they led 3-0 at halftime. Pearson started the second half where they left off, and added a further five goals.

The gutsy Nico Malan team never gave up, but the Pearson team proved to be too strong, with Lynette Upman scoring the final goal to give them an 8-0 victory.

In other matches, the Pearson under-14 boys team won 1-0, the u-16 girls won 6-0 and the girls second team won 3-0.

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