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DAY 1 & 2 Feedback from Neale Emslie in association with Grey High School
Hudson Park beat Despatch 31-7
Hudson Park: Tries by No 11 Avuyile Mbece 2, No 7 Tomson Akioyame, No 21 Aphiwe Mbaru, No 1 Cole Haggard; three conversions by No 15 Jarred du Plessis
Despatch: Try by Raynard Claassen; conversion by Donze Landman
DHS beat Brandwag 42-24
DHS: Tries by No 13 Asanda Kunene, No 4 Celempilo Gumede, No 15 Cham Zondeki, No 7 Phendulani Buthelezi, No 9 Malusi Ntuli, No 18 Asande Mnguni; six conversions by No 12 Lwandile Menze
Brandwag: Tries by No 8 Zane Barnard, No 3 Le Kleu Stokes, No 19 Elandre Smit, No 9 Chad Adams; two conversions by No 9 Chad Adams
Parktown beat Muir 26-7
Parktown: Tries by No 11 Peter Kasonga, No 2 Donel Osaugwi, No 15 Ronald Tselane, No 16 Kyle Timmerman; three conversions by No 10 Martin Cimprich
Muir: Try by No 12 Sicele Tole; conversion by No 12 Sicele Tole
St John’s beat Queen’s 13-7
St John’s: Try by No 12 William Davis; conversion and two penalties by No 10 Kieran Houlstan
Queen’s: Try by No 2 Gareth Heidtmann; conversion by No 15 Keith Kroutz
Dale beat Daniel Pienaar 33-12
Dale: Tries by No 13 Siphamandla Matsinya 2, No 8 Thandile Mpangeva, No 10 Aphelele Fassi, No 22 Chumani Lucas; four conversions by No 10 Aphelele Fassi
Daniel Pienaar: Tries by No 8 Ryan Oliphant, No 10 Morne Labuschagne; conversion by No 9 Sashin Toring
Grey High beat Jeppe 36-22
Grey: Tries by No 11 Uan Tait, No 15 Sihle Njezula, No 10 LJ du Preez, No 5 Laken Grey, No 9 Runaldo Pedro, No 4 Gerik Rautenbach; two conversions by No 15 Sihle Njezula, one conversion by LJ du Preez.
Jeppe: Tries by No 8 Michael de Kock, No 13 Muzi Manyiki, No 18 Craig Bristow 2; conversion by No 15 Cameron van Tonder
Louis Botha Tech beat Ithembelihle 48-8 (point-scorers not available)
Pearson beat St Davids 27-13 (point-scorers unavailable)
HOSTS Grey High were pushed all the way by an energetic Jeppe outfit before finally subduing their Johannesburg opponents 36-22 on the opening day of the Standard Bank Grey High Rugby Festival in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
An indication of Jeppe’s refusal to lie down came at the end of the game when they had the satisfaction of scoring the final try, but the home side had built a comfortable buffer by that stage.
The visitors were first to score but Grey struck back hard as they showed elusive running among the backs with tries by wing Uan Tait, fullback Sihle Njezula and flyhalf LJ du Preez.
It gave them a telling 17-7 lead at the break and although Jeppe showed great spirit by crossing for three tries in the second half, Grey had sufficient in the tank to keep control of the scoreline, also scoring three tries in this period.
In the main curtain-raiser, Dale displayed their running skills as they kept Daniel Pienaar under pressure throughout the game.
Three tries gave them a handy 21-0 lead shortly after the start of the second half before the Uitenhage team showed good fighting qualities to reply with tries by Ryan Oliphant and Morne Labuschagne.
But with Dale’s Aphelele Fassi rounding off an influential game with a try to go with four conversions, the King lads never lost their grip on the match.
Queen’s and Johannesburg rivals St John’s had a real arm-wrestle, with neither side able to gain any meaningful supremacy.
The Queenians scored the first try through hooker Gareth Heidtmann, to which St John’s replied with a powerful charge by centre William Davis, making it 7-7 at the break.
In the second half, St John’s took their chances when Queen’s infringed, with two penalties by flyhalf Kieran Houlstan proving the difference in a hard-earned 13-7 victory.
After a well-fought first half, which they led 14-7, Durban High School shifted into top gear in the second period to blitz Brandwag with four well-taken tries, stretching the score to 42-14.
The Durban lads were full value for their lead, seizing on any mistakes from their opponents to punish them with slick handling and hard running.
The situation looked ominous for the Uitenhagers, but they showed spirit in the last quarter of the match, crossing for three tries to narrow the gap to 18 points.
The best of these was a 60-metre run by diminutive scrumhalf Chad Adams after he broke through from his own half.
However, Brandwag had left themselves with too much to do and DHS firmed up their defence to register a deserved victory.
Hudson Park wing Avuyile Mbece showed his running prowess with two first half tries to spark the East London side to a solid 31-7 in the day’s opening game against Despatch.
The second effort was a gem from the halfway line when he outstepped a number of Despatch defenders to score under the posts.
Trailing 19-0 at halftime, Despatch showed better resolve in the second half and forced Hudson into a few errors, resulting in a try by Raynard Claassen.
However, the Border team stood firm and hit back with two more tries to run out comfortable victors.
Bloemfontein side Louis Botha Tech proved too strong for an outgunned Ithembelihle side, registering a 48-8 win, while Pearson will be happy to have notched up a 27-13 victory over St David’s.
St David’s Marist beat Muir 25-0
St David’s: Tries by No 2 Thomas O’Donoghue, No 11 Kieran Wrightson, No 21 Nicholas Christie; two penalties and two conversions by No 13 Marcell Scheepers
Muir: no scorers
St Andrew’s beat St John’s 21-10
St Andrew’s: Tries by No 13 Matt More, No 20 James Quarmby, No 9 Oscar Evans; three conversions by No 13 Matt More
St John’s: Tries by No 6 Philip Mparutsa 2.
Durban High School beat Jeppe 34-31
DHS: Tries by No 4 Celimpilo Gumede, No 11 Tonderai Ndudzo, No 14 Luthando Buthulezi, No 18 Asande Mnguni, No 12 Lwandile, Menze, No 7 Phendulani Buthulezi; two conversions by No 12 Lwandile Menze
Jeppe: Tries by No 2 Kyle Everton, No 5 Kegan Litchfield, No 11 Mohau Mohlaledi, No 13 Muzi Manyiki, No 15 Jordan Coetzee; three conversions by No 12 Thorne O’Connell
Louis Botha Tech beat Daniel Pienaar 24-20
Louis Botha: Tries by No 8 Ayabonga Ntaba, No 12 Ralston Dreyer, No 13 Martin Lottering, No 19 Renvin Saul; two conversions by No 15 Jayden Seekoei
Daniel Pienaar: Tries by No 1 Migual Harrison, No 8 Ryan Oliphant, No 14 Curtley Deysel; conversion and penalty by No 10 Dylan le Roux
Graeme beat Ithembelihle 46-0
Graeme: Tries by No 14 Matthew Robertson (3), No 13 Lelethu Cekiso, No 21 Sixolile Lamani, No 5 Donovan Brits (2), No 6 Julian Gardner; three conversions by No 5 Donovan Brits
Ithembelihle: no points
Grey High beat Parktown 52-0
Grey: Tries by No 13 Aya Matroos (2), No 4 Dumisa Ngcivana, No 12 Solaan Waqar, No 15 Sihle Njezula, No 11 Enrique Franks, No 20 Darren Vermaak, No 9 Runaldo Pedro; six conversions by No 10 LJ du Preez
Parktown: no points
Dale beat Pearson 22-15 (point-scorers not available)
Brandwag beat Hudson Park 26-5
Wrap of Day 2
RUNNING in five first half tries to lead 33-0 at the break, Grey High never relinquished their grip on the game to outclass Parktown on the second and final day of the Standard Bank Grey High Rugby Festival in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
After defeating Jeppe on the opening day, Grey coasted home against their Johannesburg opponents, with vice-captain and centre Aya Matroos setting the pattern for the match with two early tries.
Even when Parktown did mount an offensive, they often found a way to lose possession, allowing the pacey Grey backs to feed off their mistakes with a couple of long-range scores.
The home team added three more tries in the second half for a decisive 52-0 victory.
The main curtain-raiser set the trend for the festival’s final game as strong-running wing Matthew Robertson scored a hat-trick of tries in Graeme’s comfortable 46-0 result against an outgunned Ithembelihle outfit.
The Graemians led 20-0 at halftime and in the second half, lock Donovan Brits had a field day, crossing for two tries and kicking three conversions for a personal tally of 16 points.
Earlier, Durban High School and Jeppe delivered arguably the match of the day, with the KwaZulu-Natal side running out victors 34-31 in a high-octane thriller.
Trailing 31-24 with time running out, DHS closed the gap to two points thanks to a powerful 30-metre run by towering lock Celempilo Gumede for a try in the corner.
The conversion was missed but with two minutes on the clock, the Johannesburg side seemed to have matters in hand. However, a Jeppe handling error just inside DHS’s half saw them cough up possession for Durban centre Lwandile Menze to take the final pass, sprinting 50 metres for the match-winning try.
Befitting their approach to the game, Jeppe never gave up and gained the ball from the kick-off with seconds remaining. However, DHS’s defence held firm and an infringement was followed by the final whistle.
Both sides showed good intent on attack, with Jeppe scoring five tries and DHS six. They were deadlocked at 19-19 at halftime.
In an equally exhilarating finish, Louis Botha Tech snatched victory in the dying seconds against Daniel Pienaar when Saul Renvin sprinted over in the corner for a 24-20 win.
After watching Dylan le Roux put Daniel Pienaar ahead 20-19 with a 50-metre penalty, the Bloem boys hit back in stunning fashion for their second win of the tournament.
The sides were well-matched throughout, each scoring two tries in the first half to turn at 12-12.
Louis Botha then went ahead through a fine try by centre Ralston Dreyer before the Uitenhagers edged their way back into the lead.
Finally, though, a break down the right-hand flank saw Saul on hand to dash over for the narrowest of wins.
Making their only appearance of the festival, St Andrew’s overturned a 7-0 deficit to defeat St John’s 21-10 in a hard-fought encounter marked by determined defence.
In particular, the Grahamstown side showed great resolve in the final 10 minutes to keep St John’s at bay as the Johannesburg side pressed hard on attack.
After leading 7-5 at halftime, thanks to a fine try by centre Matt More, St Andrew’s stretched their lead with further scores from James Quarmby and Oscar Evans. More added the conversions to give the Andreans a relatively comfortable buffer.
St David’s Marist produced a well-controlled performance to make up for their opening loss to Pearson by outplaying Muir 25-0 in the day’s first game.
Although Muir had a number of chances in attack, the Johannesburg team, besides showing good offensive capabilities, also stood firm in defence to deny their opponents any points.
The highlight of the game was a terrific run by left wing Kieran Wrightson who set off from inside his own half to waltz past a couple of defenders for a try under the posts.
In other action, Pearson, who suffered three serious injuries on the first day, pushed Dale all the way before losing 22-15, while Brandwag were too much for Hudson Park, running out comfortable 26-5 victors.
Parktown flyhalf Martin Cimprich passes to Martin Senk during their match against Grey High in the Standard Bank Grey High Rugby Festival in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Coming up in defence is Grey’s James Scott. Grey won the final match of the festival 52-0. Picture: Keegan van Rooyen.