152 RUGBY The domestic season. vs Hilton: won 31 – 17 Gilfillan has been an unsuccessful hunting ground for the Kearsney 1st XV for the last eight years. On the day, Kearsney applied pressure from the kick off and were awarded a penalty within the first three minutes, which Tristan Tedder conver ted. Hilton were very good with ball in hand during the first half and managed to suck the Kearsney players in at the rucks. They were also good in spreading the ball wide and kept challenging the Kearsney defence line. Kearsney kept applying pressure and Tristan Tedder conver ted another two penalty kicks to take Kearsney into the lead at halftime. Hilton had played most of the rugby during the first half, but Kearsney turned it around during the second half. Kearsney were using the width of the field and were keeping possession. Hilton’s ball handling errors crept in and seemed to break their momentum on attack. vs St Charles: won 43 – 0 The match against St Charles was played on Stott on a day of ideal conditions. St Charles had a very strong physical pack who were asser tive at lineouts and scrums. They were competitive and impressive at the breakdown and managed to break the Kearsney momentum at times. In the second half, with St Charles on attack, the Kearsney defence stood tall denying any score. vs Clifton: won 43 – 8 On a cold and overcast Saturday afternoon Kearsney played Clifton College for the first time on Stott.The first points were scored by the Kearsney captain Tristan Tedder when he broke the Clifton defence with a signature chip and chase. The second half was disappointing for the Kearsney side. Clifton raised their game and only allowed Kearsney to score one try in the half. Clifton never gave up and eventually scored a well-deserved try. vs Maritzburg College: lost 17–29 A large crowd gathered on Goldstones on a pleasant afternoon to see the sleepy hollow’s finest take on Kearsney for the 68th time since 1943. From the word go, Maritzburg applied the pressure and their patient phase build-up play earned the home team the maximum reward of a 17-0 lead.