150 1ST XV RESULTS Northern KZN tour The team was allowed to travel to Nor thern KZN before the star t of the domestic season. This allowed an oppor tunity for the one stripe to play Vryheid and Pionier High School which proved invaluable to the team’s preparation. In both games Kearsney was disciplined in sticking to structure which resulted in some brilliant team tries. vs Vryheid: won 50 – 0 vs Pionier: won 36 – 8 The domestic season vs Northwood: won 19 – 11 Saturday was dry and warm, conditions that favoured an expansive game. The Nor thwood side was extremely strong with 12 players returning from 2013 and a new coach, Grant Bashford, the former Sharks assistant coach, taking charge. From the kick off Kearsney exer ted a lot of pressure which forced the visitors to concede a penalty. Nor thwood responded and Kearsney was penalised for scrumming up. As expected Nor thwood, inspired by two impressive former SA U 16 props dominated the exchanges up front. Kearsney’s defence stood tall making it difficult for the Nor thwood side to advance over the try line. Scrumhalf, James Hall was impressive with his kicks ensuring that most of the play took par t in the Nor thwood half. Kearsney front row,Tijde Visser, Nicholas Luyt and Matthew Maddock put up a brave challenge in the scrums and were rewarded with a couple of crucial scrumming penalties.Tristan Tedder eventually made the game safe at 19 – 11 with his four th successful penalty. vsWestville: won 13 – 12 Always a big Highway derby. Kearsney had lost tighhead prop Matthew Maddock, which gave David Brown the oppor tunity to play in an unfamiliar position. Kearsney received the kick-off and played inWestville’s half. We conceded a few penalties early in the game, which allowedWestville to apply pressure on the Kearsney try line but our defence stood strong. Kearsney were good on the ground which allowed them a few turnovers. Neither team could fully execute and conver t the pressure to points. Inside the Kearsney half,Westville were penalised for not releasing the ball in a tackle. This was an oppor tunity for the Kearsney scrumhalf, James Hall to have an attempt at a 61 metre penalty kick, which he successfully conver ted. This is in fact the longest penalty kick ever successfully taken on Stott. RUGBY With grateful thanks to the Muirhead Family