ITHEMBELIHLE emerged unscathed from the pool of death to set up a quarterfinal meeting against Humansdorp on the second day of the PG Glass Sevens rugby schools' tournament at Pearson today.
After a close battle with Despatch, which they won 24-17, Ithembe got past Arcadia 7-0 in the final match of the day to end top of pool D.
In so doing, they avoided a last eight showdown with Grey High, leaving that challenge for second-placed Despatch.
In the other pools, Framesby and Pearson ended as the top sides, each winning three out of three and conceding only three tries between them (one by Framesby and two by Pearson) as they laid down a marker for today. Ndzondelelo had a tense 19-19 draw with Andrew Rabie and clinched second spot in pool A to earn a shot at Pearson, while champions Framesby face Alexander Road.
Play starts today at 8am with the Bowl and Shield quarterfinals, with the Cup and Plate quarterfinals starting at 9.40am.
- Today's top eight fixtures are: Framesby v Alexander Road, Pearson v Ndzondelelo, Grey v Despatch, Ithembelihle v Humansdorp