The Mauritz Hansen XV recorded their first victory of their tour through Ireland against St. Munchen’s College at the Garryowen RFC in Limerick. The South Africans won the match comfortably by 47-11 after already building up a handsome lead of 35-6 at the break.
They were scheduled to play Rockwell College in Cork, but they withdrew from the match. St. Munchen’s College stepped in to give the tourists a match. Rockwell College is the defending Munster Senior Cup champions. The tour by Mauritz Hansen XV is organised by Travel and Sport.
The touring side’s speedster from Oos-Moot, Terrance Kingsburgh, was a threat on attack. He scored two very good tries showcasing his pace. The side’s performance was more of a team effort than their first match of the tour against Ireland premier school side, Blackrock College from Dublin.
Flyhalf Ronald van Wetering also put on a superb performance behind a dominating pack of forwards. Van Wetering cross kick on attack which led to winger Louis Naude’s try was on of the best tries on the tour.
St. Munchen’s College is the school of current Irish player, Keith Earls, who toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009. They also produced Irish internationals as Philip Danaher and Jerry Flannery. Their No. 8, Peter Magliocco, and hooker and captain, Adam Moloney, was their best players in defeat against the Mauritz Hansen XV.
For the tourists their lock Sakkie Liebenberg and flankers Patrick Erasmus and HP van der Walt also produced good performances. Garryowen RFC is the home ground of one of the greatest Irish players ever, Keith Wood.
Mauritz Hansen XV’s biggest test will come on Friday when they will face Munster u20 at the University of Limerick in their final tour match.
Elsewhere in Ireland Arthur Johnson’s XV drew 17-all in their final tour match against Garryowen RFC. The Garryowen RFC’s team was also u20. It is however important to understand how Ireland’s age group system works. If this team from Garryowen played in South Africa it would be called an u19-side.
School of Rugby is touring Ireland courtesy of Travel and Sport. Mauritz Hansen and Arthur Johnson’s tours is also organised by Travel and Sport.
Mauritz Hansen XV 47 (35) – Tries: Terrance Kingsburgh (2), HP van der Walt, JP Alberts, Pierre Janse van Vuuren, Ronald van Wetering, Louis Naude. Conversions: George Robertson (3), Van Wetering (3). St. Munchen’s College 11 (6) – Try: Evan O’Connor. Penalties: Killiam Markram (2).
Mauritz Hansen XV: 15 Vuyo Shongwe (Randburg), 14 Louis Naude (Midstream College), 13 Ruan Viljoen (Oos-Moot), 12 Tiaan Bedford (Oos-Moot), 11 Pierre van Vuuren (Hans Strijdom), 10 Ronald van Wetering (Oos-Moot), 9 Charles Blacklock (OosMoot), 8 JP Alberts (Oos-Moot – captain), 7 Tertius Stander (HTS John Vorster), 6 Jacques Pretorius (Hans Strijdom), 5 Sakkie Liebenberg (Wagpos), 4 Ettienne Moss (Wagpos), 3 Frikkie Deysel (Oos-Moot), 2 Ivan Botha (Tuine), 1 Stefan Kruger (Midstream College). Replacements: 16 Jaco Niemann (Wagpos), 17 Jan-Louis Senekal (Hans Strijdom), 18 HP van der Walt (Hans Strijdom), 19 Patrick Erasmus (Oos-Moot), 20 Johan Pitout (Ellisras), 21 George Robertson (Randburg), 22 Terrance Kingsburgh (Oos-Moot), 23 Brady Theron (Lydenburg), 24 Brandon Baker (Randburg).
St. Munchen’s College: 15 Marcus Browne, 14 Gary Quilligan, 13 Jordan Curry, 12 Sean Kelly, 11 Matt Lyons, 10 Jason Kiely, 9 Evan Maher, 8 Peter Magliocco, 7 Jake Murphy, 6 Shane Kelly, 5 Sean Hayes, 4 Finbarr Egan, 3 Emmet O’Callaghan, 2 Adam Moloney (captain), 1 Mark O’Driscoll.