Hat-trick for Burden

Alvin Reeves reevesa@timesmedia.co.za

FULLBACK Nico Burden scored 25 points as Pearson thrashed hosts Westering 67-12 in their schools rugby match played in cold and windy conditions at the weekend. Burden stepped his way to three tries and also kicked five conversions as Pearson made a massive statement for inclusion at a higher level of schools rugby next season.

In all, they ran in 11 tries to Westering’s two in what eventuallyturned out to be an unfortunate mismatch.

For all their dominance in the second half, it took Pearson 30 minutes to register the first points of the match.

Westering started the game determined to give the more-favoured visitors a run for their money and they did just that in the opening exchanges.

But once Pearson settled down, they clicked into gear, admittedly with the help of some poor defence.

Three quick tries in the final five minutes of the first half saw the score to 19-0 at the break and set the tone for the remainder of the match.

A further eight tries in the second half broke Westering’s spirit.

Pearson’s tries were scored by Burden (3), Nathan Augustus (2), Justin Antonie, Patrick Heyns, Bulelani Sulelo, Matthew Petzer, Reynold King and Siwa Mandlake.

Hooker and captain Jonathan Ford also kicked a conversion.

Nico Malan v Framesby

BOTH sides deserve credit for producing an entertaining match in windy conditions in Humansdorp as Framesby won this FNB Classic Clash 39-25 after leading 22-18 at half time.

The two captains, Ernst Stapelberg of Framesby and home side centre Selvyn Davids, were the stars of the match.

Flyhalf Stapelberg was at his very best for Framesby. He was dangerous on attack, solid in defence and his kicking was top class.

At times it looked like Davids, who also has an educated boot, was taking on Framesby alone, constantly testing the Port Elizabeth team’s defence with his sublime runs.

Framesby started well and scored three tries in the first 20 minutes. Poor discipline, though, nearly cost them as they had a yellow card in the first half and a further two in the last 15 minutes which saw them defending desperately to hang on for victory.

Muir v Graeme

VISITORS Graeme College delivered a strong second half performance to run out deserving 29-10 winners over Muir in Uitenhage in their final schools match of the season.

Graeme led 14-10 at half time and, despite playing against a stiff breeze, dominated the second half territorially and were rewarded with a further three tries.

Muir were unfortunate to lose ace fullback Ruben de Vos at half time. He injured his left knee scoring a brilliant try in the 11th minute after collecting his own chip inside the Graeme 22-metre area to dot down under the posts. Scrumhalf Joel Wates slotted the conversion and later De Vos added a penalty to put Muir 10-7 ahead.

But it was clear he was suffering and despite receiving treatment and lasting the rest of the first half, his game was over after 35 minutes.

Graeme showed some excellent play among their backs, while the forwards stood up well to the solid Muir pack. Left wing Fabio Paling crossed for two fine tries, the second coming from an excellent chip kick into space by scrumhalf Craig Williams.

Graeme flyhalf Sethu Pinini also scored a fine individual try when he darted his way through the Muir defence to score under the posts on the stroke of half time, giving his team an important lead.

With No 8 Siya Nzuzo often prominent, Graeme dominated the second half. A clever move from a short lineout throw between lock Lungi Dube and hooker Odwa Xonxa saw the No 2 dive over in the right-hand corner, and in the final minute, Pinini put the icing on the cake by forcing his way over for his second try. – Neale Emslie

Other results

OTHER results from the weekend were:

Alexander Road 14 VP 12, Brandwag 20 Humansdorp 20, Hudson Park 26 Cambridge 12,

Ithembelihle 17 John Walton 15, Newton 22 Ndzondelelo 3, Otto du Plessis 29 Cillie 7, Outeniqua 45 Daniel Pienaar 5, Queen’s 23 Dale 10, Solomon Mahlangu 22 Knysna 0, Stirling 18 Port Rex 10, Grey College 40 Paul Roos 8, Oudtshoorn 33 DF Malan 8, Rondebosch 18 SACS 17, Wynberg 34 Bishops 29

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