Kearsney Festival: Hosts beat Queen's

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:58
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MATCH REPORT: In the final game of the 2017 Kearsney Easter Festival, Kearsney beat Queen's 24-13.

After 10 minutes neither Kearsney nor Queen’s College had wrested control of the game, as though they were feeling one another out. Going into the second quarter Keith Kroutz was successful with a penalty and a short while later a second longer penalty for Queen’s to take the lead 6-0.

Towards the end of the first half, with Kearsney looking more dangerous with ball in hand, they moved it across field to the left where James Sutherland made metres to dive over in the corner. This took Kearsney into the break 5-6 behind.

Early in the second half Kearsney captain Dylan Richardson cut through defences from broken play to score at try, converted by Sutherland to wrest the lead 12-7.

From a line-out close to the Kearsney line, Queen’s formed a rolling maul and rambled over with hooker Gareth Heidtmann scoring. Kroutz had gone off injured, and so replacement kicker Kenan Richards slotted the angled conversion and take back the lead 13-12.

The lead changed once again as Kearsney flyhalf Jacques Odendaal burst through a dive over under the posts. Sutherland converted and Kearsney led 19-13. This lead was extended five minutes from the final whistle, when Brendan Albertse dived over to take Kearsney into a 24-13 lead.

It was fitting that the home side won their second game to end the festival which had produced some top class rugby on each day.

Scorers:

For Kearsney:
Tries: James Sutherland, Jacques Odendaal, Dylan Richardson, Brendan Albertse
Cons: James Sutherland 2

For Queen’s:
Try: Gareth Heidtmann
Con: Kenan Richards
Pens: Keith Kroutz 2

By Sue Myles of Working Word
Photo: @KearsneyNews