GREY College seized their chances in a rugby mudbath to defeat arch-rivals Grey High 22-3 in a fiercely contested schools rugby fixture in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The Bloemfontein visitors fully deserved their victory, scoring three tries, but the match was marred by the heavy rain overnight and during the day.
After taking the lead through a penalty by centre Pieter Jordaan, Grey College scored a crucial try on the stroke of halftime after tall fullback EW Viljoen brushed off the home defence with a powerful run down the touchline to make it 8-0 at the break.
Grey High’s Grant Miskin reduced the deficit with a penalty early in the second half, but the visitors went ahead when a dropped ball was kicked through for wing Pieter Faber to get the final touchdown to make it 15-3.
Later another breakdown saw Grey College again capitalise to claim possession for flyhalf Barend Bornman to go over in the left hand corner, superbly converted by Jordaan.
Trailing 22-3 with time running out, Grey High attacked desperately, but the visitors’ defence was outstanding and the home side could find no way through.
Westering v Woodridge
WESTERING stretched their unbeaten run in Eastern Cape schoolboy rugby to eight matches after defeating Woodridge 26-6 in difficult conditions on Saturday.
A determined Westering side shook off their mid-week loss to English touring side Woodhouse Grove to continue their fine form.
Visitors Woodridge started off brightly, attacking from the outset and they were rewarded with a penalty after 10 minutes which was kicked by flyhalf Gamal Wrede.
The home side bounced back two minutes later when fullback Ntsika Daniels scored in the corner and Malford Damens converted.
Almost straight from the kick-off, Westering took the ball upfield again and flank Nkosi Ntebe collected to run 30m and score just before halftime to make the score 12-3.
The second half started with Wrede slotting Woodridge’s second penalty.
Westering then won a quick lineout ball and went left where number eight Adrian Fortuin took advantage of an overlap to score.
Woodridge then applied much pressure for the next 15 minutes but without reward and it was Westering who had the final say.
They won a scrum on Woodridge’s 10m line, went blind and the move finished with left wing Sipho Fayo running 20m to score far out. Damens converted to complete a good day with the boot. Westering scrumhalf Nathan Augustus was a standout performer as was Woodridge hooker Wade Inglis.
Brandwag v Oudtshoorn
CENTRE Jayden Onkers contributed 16 points with his deadly boot to lead home side Oudtshoorn High to a last-gasp 26-24 victory over Brandwag on Saturday.
It was a game of two halves as Oudtshoorn came back from a 24-9 deficit at halftime to stage a most unlikely comeback over the team from Uitenhage.
Oudtshoorn have Onkers’s boot to thank for their victory. He slotted three penalties in the first half and then added a fourth in the second half from all of 65m and two conversions.
Brandwag hardly broke a sweat in the first half scoring the first try as early as the second minute through flank Anthony MacDonald who burst through a loose ruck close to the Oudtshoorn tryline to score untouched. Flyhalf Malcolm Jaer slotted the conversion.
Onkers kicked two penalties to one from Jaer to make the score 10-6 after 16 minutes.
Brandwag went further ahead when Jaer split the opposition defence beautifully to score a fine try under the posts. He converted his own try.
Onkers succeeded with another penalty before Brandwag closed out the first half scoring with a try by scrumhalf Mario Mowers, who picked up a loose ball and sped over to score.
The second half was a complete turnaround as Oudtshoorn, assisted by a number of controversial decisions from the referee, came back strongly.
Their first try was scored by prop Giel Swiegers, who forced his way over for Onkers to convert (24-16).
Onkers then slotted a monster 65m penalty on the angle to narrow the gap to 24-19.
Oudtshoorn levelled matters when right wing Wynand Kuhn displayed good pace to score in the corner with eight minutes remaining. Onkers made the match-winning conversion look simple.
IN Grahamstown, Graeme College spoilt Kingswood’s final match of the season when they won their derby encounter 15-11.
Other results from the weekend: Aliwal-Noord 28 Fichardtpark 20, Cambridge 21 Port Rex 10, Cillie 24 Uitenhage 12, Dale 22 St Andrew’s 20, Gill 24 Volkskool 11, Hudson Park 41 Stirling 8, Humansdorp 28 Middelburg 7, Ithembelihle 25 Andrew Rabie 16, Queen’s 26 Selborne 17, Victoria Park 14 Newton 6