Boland Landbou put Napier Boys’ High of New Zealand to the sword by 59-26 in the opening clash of the World Schools Festival in Paarl. The festival is part of Paarl Boishaai’s 150th celebrations.
Boland Landbou’s backs had too much pace for the New Zealanders who might also have been struggling with some jetlag.
Referee, Quinton Immelman, sent Napier’s lock Frank Lochore to the sin bin in the eighth minute for a tip-tackle on Darren Hendricks. Lochore is the grandson of former All Black captain and coach, Brian Lochore.
Hendricks was one of his side’s stars in the victory. His side’s centre pairing of Erik Lambrecht and Sebastian de Klerk also kept the defence of Napier Boys’ High busy.
Boland Landbou opened the scoring with Lochore still in the sin-bin after 18 minutes of play when flanker Thys Kitshoff crashed over. Napier Boys’ High struck back shortly with mobile flanker Sam Henderson scoring his side’s first try.
Both Henderson and Kitshoff completed a brace of tries in the match. Boland Landbou’s captain and lock, Schalk Bezuidenhout, and centre Sebastian de Klerk also manage to cross the try-line twice.
The extra three minutes of play that referee, Immelman, allowed in the first half cost the visitors from New Zealand dearly. Fullback, Darren Hendricks, cut through their defence for his side’s fourth try of the encounter from more than 50 meters out in this few extra minutes.
This gave Boland Landbou a comfortable 26-7 lead at the break. In the second half the team from Agter-Paarl changed gears and made sure of the victory. This was Boland Landbou’s first victory of the 2018 season after defeats against Garsfontein (20-24) and Monument (25-26) after building up a 17-0 lead in both these matches.
Boland Landbou 59 (26) – Tries: Schalk Bezuidenhout (2), Thys Kitshoff (2), Sebastian de Klerk (2), Darren Hendricks, Erik Lambrecht, Eugene Snyders. Conversions: Gavin Mills (6), Hendricks. Napier Boys’ High 26 (7) – Tries: Sam Henderson (2), Angus Kilmister, Pereiha Hubbard. Conversions: Kegan Christian-Goss (3).