Hilton College bagged a 23-15 victory over their arch-rivals Michaelhouse at Meadows to record the double for 2022.
Hilton, whos celebrating its 150th anniversary, also finishes the 2022-season as the top schools team in KwaZulu-Natal. The side of 2022 only lost one match during the season a 5-14 defeat against Paarl Boys’ High during the St. John’s College Easter Festival in Johannesburg.
Michaelhouse will have to wait another year for that elusive 100th victory in this interschool in the KZN Midlands. The first match between these two schools was played in 1904. The team from Balgowan’s last triumph and 99th over Hilton was a 21-17 victory in 2016.
Hilton’s victory at the Meadows was their 95th in the clash that has been played 205 times. Ten of the clashes ended in a draw.
Lock Jack Waterhouse sliced like a centre through the defense to score Hilton’s first try of the match four minutes before half-time to take his side to a 13-7 lead.
Hilton initially took the lead thanks to two penalties by flyhalf, Christopher Horak. After a converted try by Fortune Mpofu it seemed that Michaelhouse would take a 7-6 lead into the break.
The try by Waterhouse however swung the momentum of the match into the visitors’ favour. Just before halftime Hilton’s tighthead prop, Nicholas Snyman, powered his way over the try-line from a tap-penalty five metres away to give his side a 20-7 lead at the break.
Winger Kevin Smith scored in the corner from the last movement of the match. This try meant that both teams scored three tries in the match, with the accurate boot of Horak being the difference.
Horak converted all three of his side’s tries while also slotting three penalties. He is the son of former English fullback, Michael Horak.
Photo Supplied by Martin Ashworth
Hilton College 30 (20) – Tries: Jack Waterhouse, Nicholas Snyman, Olwethu Kweyama. Conversions: Christopher Horak (3). Penalties: Horak (3). Michaelhouse 20 (7) – Tries: Fortune Mpofu, Wandile Mlaba, Kevin Smith. Conversion: James Cleland, Aya Zakwe. Penalty: Zakwe.