NMMU Madibaz continued with their winning ways when they defeated Harlequins 45-15 in their own backyard during their Grand Challenge game at the Adcock Stadium on Friday night.
The visitors controlled the game from the onset and ran in seven tries to Harlequins’ three.
Milo Nqoro, Marlon Ruiters, Joseph Anderson and Louis Fourie each scored a try in the first half, while Marius Muller converted two tries to take Madibaz to the break with a lead of 24-15.
For Harlequins, Romano Campher and Grant Plaatjies crossed the tryline. Plaatjies also converted one and successfully kicked a penalty.
But the Madibaz started the second half where they left the first, with Roy Godfrey, Dwayne Kelly and Carl van Niekerk adding three more tries, which were converted by Gerrit Smith.
At St George’s, Crusaders and African Bombers played to an exciting 24-24 draw in a game of two halves.
Crusaders got off to a good start with Thinus Steyn and Morne van Rensburg scoring tries. Rocco Gouws kicked two penalties, while Van Rensburg kicked one – ensuring a 21-0 lead at half time.
Bombers came back stronger after the break, with flyhalf Coyi Banda rising to the occasion and scoring two tries and converting them. Mbembe Tayi and Bombers captain Luzuko Panya scored the other two.
Gouws scored Crusaders’ second half points with a penalty.
Park had to come back from a half-time score of 9-7 to claim a hard-fought 13-12 victory in a closely contested encounter against Progress in Central.
A minute into the game, Michael van Huyssteen scored a try for Park which was converted by Hugo Swanepoel, but Progress went to the break leading 9-7.
Swanepoel was not done for the night as he also successfully kicked two penalties in the second half.
At the New Brighton Oval, Despatch totally dominated Spring Rose and walked away with a 36-13 victory. The visitors were leading 17-6 at halftime.
Gugu Makhwabe scored the home side’s only try in the game, while Tuti Majola converted it and added six more points with two penalties.