Mkhululi Ndamase and Henk Steenkamp
PROGRESS continued their winning streak in the Eastern Cape Super 12 club rugby competition when they outplayed Winter Rose 24-12 in Uitenhage at the weekend.
Progress dominated the proceedings from the first to the last whistle. Ramon Darries showed off his speed as he breached Winter Rose's defence on two occasions to cross the tryline.
Flyhalf Curtis Fias added another try before halftime, while fullback Aluzant Munnik converted both tries to take his side to a comfortable 19-3 lead.
Progress continued where they left off in the first half and applied more pressure. Munnik also scored a try.
Winter Rose tried getting back in the game but it was too little, too late.
Grant Plaatjies scored 19 points to help Harlequins earn a hard-fought 24-20 win against Park in their Group A encounter at Adcock Stadium.
In another Group A clash, Gardens came back with their tails between their legs as they went down 32-27 to Buffalos in East London.
Police made life difficult for themselves on Saturday at Kemsley Park when they beat the Grahamstown Brumbies by 26-5, leading 12-5 at halftime. The home side should have won much more easily but spilled a lot of scoring opportunities by poor handling and decision-making.
The Brumbies defenders were bordering on the offside line throughout the game, which also made it difficult for Police, who just could not get going with all the possession they had.
The touch judges had to intervene several times and the game was stopped at one stage to ask officials next to the touchline to calm down.