St Stithians hosted Kearsney in Saturday’s ideal rugby conditions in Randburg, Gauteng. Kearsney dominated play from the start but poor ball control and many handling errors prevented the visitors from scoring any points early in the match. Captain Matt Reece-Edwards sparked the fire with a brilliant individual run of 60m from a break at the tail of the line out. Tristian Tedder converted for a 7-nil lead.
Four minutes later he managed another break, to feed Dan du Preez who made good yardage before passing to his brother, Jean-Luc du Preez. When tackled just short of the line, JL flipped the ball back to brother Daniel, who scored under the posts, for Tedder to convert.
The Saints players defended with everything they had and restricted the score to 14-nil at halftime.
Eight tries were scored in the second half, the first from flanker Jarred Hayes-Hill following a line out drive which Tedder converted. Hooker Jordan Meaker then collected the ball from the resulting kick-off and ran a good 20m from where the ball went wide. Blair Cremer carried it well before off- loading to winger Ryan van der Waal to score in the left-hand corner.
Saints pressed hard from the kick-off and enjoyed some rare time in the visitors 22 but lost possession and Cremer collected and sprinted 70m for the first of his two tries and a 36-nil lead.
Kearsney responded immediately from the kick-off, when Hayes-Hill collected to feed Tedder who found fullback Chris Lines linking well at pace, and put Van der Waal in for his second try of the afternoon. Again Tedder converted, taking the score to 43-0.
Ayron Schramm scored the next try from an opted scrum, combining well with the two halfbacks for Tedder to convert. Dan du Preez then scored his second try from running a good line loose to the ruck for Tedder to convert.
Fittingly the captain scored his second and the final try of the match from a counter attack started by Dan du Preez and Lines which fixed the defending fullback and passing to the always present scrum half.
Outstanding performers for Kearsney were Reece Edwards, the Du Preez twins, Schramm, Hayes Hill, Meaker, Tedder and Cremer.