153 RUGBY Just before the break, Kearsney won a penalty at a lineout, which Tristan Tedder conver ted. Soon after halftime, Kearsney had their first real 5-pointer oppor tunity. It was made by James Hall. The little scrumhalf, along with his flyhalf Tedder seemed to have been targeted by the College defence to keep him under wraps. However, like a sniper around the fringes, he turned out to be Kearsney’s best ball carrier, making valuable metres by picking the right gaps and showing incredible strength on his feet for someone his size. Kearsney benefited territorially from a determined approach with ball in hand but were also helped by a series of penalties awarded in their favour. vs St Stithians: won 65 – 21 Kearsney hosted St Stithians on Stott where conditions suited a running game from both sides. Kearsney star ted the game at a high tempo, which allowed captain and flyhalf, Tristan Tedder to put Kearsney into the lead from penalty kicks. Kearsney’s left wing David Zondi, dotted down within the opening minutes of the second half, from a loose ball which was picked up by the winger,Tedder conver ted. Saints scored their third try by being patient in building phases. In the final scrum of the day, Kearsney eighth man Stephen Tedder picked the ball up from the base of the scrum to score the final try of the day. vs DHS: won 33 – 16 Kearsney were hosted by DHS on their founders day. DHS were a team that had been improving all season which made the encounter a difficult one for Kearsney. Conditions were dry but a wind that was swirling on van Heerden’s added a new dimension to the game during the first half. Kearsney played into the wind first half, and as expected were fielding a lot of balls from the DHS flyhalf who was very tactical with the boot, forcing Kearsney into the corners. DHS dominated the territory and Kearsney were not accurate in their play to exit within their own half. Kearsney star ted the second half with some solid play, dominating possession and territory. vs Michaelhouse: lost 7 – 45 It was a disappointing founders day for the one stripe.The team were on the back foot from the star t. Michealhouse were in great form.To Michaelhouse’s credit, they were clinical in their executions and conver ted every oppor tunity into points.The Kearsney side suffered two mayor blows when Tristan Dixon and Tristan Tedder had to leave the field due to injury. Stephen Tedder crossed the white chalk and the try was conver ted by James Hall. vs Glenwood: lost 13 – 85 Unfor tunately it seemed that the one stripe just couldn’t bounce back from their previous loss and allowed Glenwood to stamp their authority in the game.The Glenwood side had numerous provincial representatives in their team and were flawless on the day. A highlight for the one stripe was Tristan Tedder donning the jersey for his 50th cap. Unfor tunately, he only played for five minutes and had to leave the field. For most the boys it was their last game in the one stripe jersey and it was sad to see them endure such a send-off.Tight head prop, Matthew Maddock scored the try for the one stripe and James Hall performed the kicking duties. Independent schools rugby festival The 1st XV ended the season playing at Michaelhouse. The one stripe had a very young side competing in the festival with 11 U 16 players joining the team. It was an extremely successful festival, as it allowed for festival captain, Stephen Tedder, to pass on the traditions and values of the 1st XV to the incumbents. Personally I was extremely encouraged to see how these boys gelled as a unit and their energy was refreshing. vs St Albans: won 22 – 8 vs Bishops: lost 18 – 40 vs St Johns: won 24 – 12 With grateful thanks to: Dr Glen Hagemann – ASSET HEALTH. National Providers of ComprehensiveWellness Assessments for Executives, Individuals & Sports men and women – Call 031 – 3121136