Graeme Rugby Day 2019

SLOT SCHOOL SCHOOL
09h10 Port Alfred 05 19 Muir
10h20 Queen’s 08 40 Framesby
11h30 Grey HS 57 03 Hudson Park
12h40 Marlow 19 33 Selborne
13h50 Kingswood 31 00 Pearson
15h00 St Andrew’s 27 13 SACS
16h10 Graeme 14 14 Dale

 

Graeme, Dale play to thrilling draw – by Neale Emslie

The Pam Golding Properties Graeme Rugby Day drew to a thunderous conclusion in Grahamstown on Saturday when the hosts and Dale College played out to a thrilling 14-14 draw.

It was a fitting end to a day of entertaining schoolboy rugby which drew thousands of spectators to Graeme’s Somerset field.

At this early stage of the season the games were often littered with errors, but there was no doubting the commitment of the players, with Grey High and Framesby arguably producing the best performances of the day.

The youthful Graeme side will be encouraged by their performance against the Dalians, who were on the back foot near the end of the game as the home team threatened to pull off a surprise win.

With the scores deadlocked, Graeme had a chance to edge ahead with three minutes left when Lakhanya Sam lined up a penalty five metres in from touch on the 22-metre line.

Agonisingly for the home supporters, the ball hit an upright and bounced back into the field of play where Graeme claimed possession. However, they then coughed up the ball and Dale were able to clear to the halfway line.

With time up, the home side put in a desperate final effort and surged down the left flank, only to be bundled over the touchline to leave it all even.

Graeme’s tries came from lock Hlomla Maranene and big No 8 Andrew McCallum, while Dale scored through wing Mzi Ngalo and centre Simelela Mbanzi.

The potent Framesby side, full of big forwards and attacking backs, were impressive in their demolition of Queen’s after falling behind 8-0 early in the match.

The Queenians failed to score another point as Framesby piled on the pressure up front and then unleashed their backs to run in six tries in their 40-8 victory.

Speedy fullback Sebastian Brandt picked up a hat-trick and other tries came from wing Jemaine George, centre Cadan-Wade Finnis and prop Ruan Smith.

After an early try by hooker Nathan Doster from a lineout drive, Grey conceded a penalty to Hudson Park, but thereafter took control as they powered to a 57-3 victory.

Wing Siviwe Zondani led the way with a hat-trick as the PE side ran in nine tries altogether, with flyhalf Matthew Easton kicking six conversions. The Hudson Park team just could not manage the power and speed of their opponents and there were eventually gaping holes in their defence as Grey moved into overdrive.

Marlow gave a typically gutsy performance against Selborne, but were ultimately outgunned by the East London side, going down 33-19. They trailed 26-7 at the break and actually outscored Selborne in the second half, but the deficit was just too big to make up.

Kingswood were good value for their five tries which brought them a 31-0 win over Pearson, while St Andrew’s had the edge in a well-contested match against Cape Town’s SACS, getting home 27-13.

The close nature of most of the games was set early in the day when Mary Waters held on for a 12-7 win over PJ Olivier, while Muir scored tries by Mlondolozi Goba (2) and Gershwin Williams to get the better of Port Alfred High 19-7.

The results from matches on the Somerset field were:

Mary Waters High 12 PJ Olivier 7
Muir 19 Port Alfred High 7
Framesby 40 Queen’s College 8
Grey High 57 Hudson Park 3
Selborne 33 Marlow 19
St Andrew’s College 27 SACS 13
Kingswood 31 Pearson 0
Dale 14 Graeme 14

10 Comments

  1. It would great for every year to have a outside-EC feature team. I remember a few years back it was Grey Bloem, just a pity they couldn’t put more past SAC :mrgreen:

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  2. @Wyvern: I remember that – in 2011.

    The year before, SAC had an excellent team (ranked about 4 in the country), but the 2011 team was weak by SAC’s standards, so getting GCB first up was tough. My 13 year-old son was at SAC about a week later for the SAC experience and their 1st team had just been hammered by Maritzburg College by even more than GCB.

    Didn’t Kingswood get their first win in some 20 years over SAC that year too?

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  3. I hope this list is incomplete because the Cambridge fixture is missing 8-O .

    @Wyvern: Jeez! that’s a long time. I remember Cambridge beating SAC back in 2006 in the rain. It was an epic encounter, beating a “College/Boys School” was a huge achievement for a Co-ed then, I believe it still is.

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  4. @Wyvern: We beat then beat SAC again in 2012. Both the 2006 and 2012 victories were at Cambridge. 2015 we came close to causing an upset at the Lower Field, we lost 24-21

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  5. @Knight_CHS07: Lots of close games prior to 2011, plenty of bad luck, but yes, 18 long years. 3 wins since (including 2011) has kept my soul at peace :mrgreen:

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  6. @Wyvern: It certainly adds flavour to the day. I think Westville and Bishops are other out-of-towners who have attended in recent years if I’m not mistaken.

    @Wyvern: I see Dale cracked an invitation to KC’s 125th rugby festival. I hope this means the 2 schools have kissed and made up. Do you know if they’ll be a fixture next year?

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  7. @Playa: No there’s still no fixture for the schools, but i think the intention is for KC to play Dale at the festival. Baby steps :lol:

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