Grey College beats Welkom Gim 52-5

04 March 2024

After a lacklustre start to the match between Grey College and Welkom Gim, the first scoreboard event occurred in the 13th minute when Grey hooker Liam van Wyk intercepted the flat pass inside the Gim 22 and crossed to score a try, taking an early lead of 7-0.

Gim, however, demonstrated their strength with an impressive carry by their tighthead prop, leading to a stable scrum and a well-executed set move. Despite a missed kick at goal following a high tackle penalty, Gim fought back with a rolling maul try vai their hooker Kganyo Molapo, closing the gap to 7-5.

Grey were erratic at best during the first quarter but showcased their resilience, working the ball skillfully to winger Pretorius Ekeji, who powered through tackles to extend the lead to 14-5. The home team really took control of proceedings from that point onwards, as Gim struggled to find continuity and often kicked precious frontfoot ball away.

A successful penalty and a line-out in the red zone set the stage for big Grey lock Heinrich Theron’s take and van Wyk’s easy second try score, with an excellent conversion by flyhalf Alzeadon Felix making it 21-5 at halftime.

Discipline became a challenge for Gim in the second half, as an early penalty allowed Grey to find touch and execute a beautiful line-out play, resulting in the Danie Gerber-like centre Pieter van der Merwe breaking tackles and scoring.

Very quickly after the restart, Ekeji and van Wyk combined forces again. Ekeji made the most of a lovely cut-out pass to gain ground down the right. Van Wyk was on hand to ensure the continuity of play and swiftly back to his feet to be at the right place at the right time to collect and drive over. 33-5 and the eye-catching hooker had completed his hat trick.

With the game predominantly in Gim’s half, Grey capitalised on a scrum penalty, and the scrumhalf Philip McLaren’s quick tap led to another try, bringing the score to 40-5. Grey’s mobile loosehead Dian Venter produced a memorable angled carry at pace, backed up fast recycling and by precise passing, set up another try for Ruben Cilliers who had come off the bench, making it 47-5.

In the closing moments, a broken play following Gim’s exit was seized by Grey, and flank Xander Smit, finding space on the right and with assistance of his hand-off, held off a tackler and scored near the right corner, concluding the scoring at 52-5.

Grey’s strategic play, effective set pieces, and individual brilliance secured a convincing victory.

02 March 2024
Grey College and Welkom Gim are ready to go head-to-head in an early season highlight match. Both 1st XVs are coming off opening weekend of the season wins at the President Steyn Festival. Grey had a comprehensive second half to beat a resilient Trio 40-3. Welkom Gim were made to sweat by Jim Fouche and only put a margin between themselves and their Kovsie Liga rivals in the last few minutes to record a 31-13 victory.

Elsewhere the Grey Cherries (2nd XV) will line up against Rustenburg at the Trio Festival in Kroonstad.

1 Dian Venter u18 1 Buchle Ngxabayi u18
2 Liam van Wyk u18 2 Kganya Molapo u18
3 Danie Kruger u18 3 Alexander Olivier u18
4 Heinrich Theron u18 4 Diekie Beuken u18
5 AJ Meyer u17 5 Jayden Auld u18
6 Xander Smit u17 6 Revaun Van Niekerk u18
7 Juliun Cosmo u18 7 Rylan Kirsten u18
8 David du Toit u18 8 Ethan Jones u19
9 Philip McLaren u18 9 Revaldo Farmer u18
10 Alzeadon Felix u18 10 Renaldo Kiewiet u19
11 Siyabonga Kenny u17 11 Bokang Lesenyeho u18
12 Pieter vd Merwe u18 12 Jayden Weideman u18
13 Darius Erwee u17 13 Joshua Coertzen u18
14 Pretorius Ekeji u18 14 Terence Tsholo u18
15 Thristan Maree u17 15 Dylan Kemp u18
16 Emile McGeer u18 16
18 David Hayidakis u17 18
20 Marcel Coetzee u18 20
21 Bernard Wessels u17 21
23 Ruben Cilliers u18 23
1 Carel Schoonraad 1 Henco Diederichs
2 Xavier Steenkamp 2 JT Laney
3 Xander Benedetti 3 Marinus Oosthuizen
4 Pedrie Human 4 Renier Grobler
5 Erich Potgieter 5 Claude Steyn
6 Wikus Jacobs 6 Tian Fourie
7 Coenraad Coetzer 7 Adem Nieuwoudt
8 MC Smit 8 AJ Booysen
9 Adriano George 9 Gerhard Scholtz
10 Jaden Meyer 10 Toriq Schambreel
11 Zulu Khumalo 11 Theko Montjane
12 Awie Alberts 12 Riaan Benade
13 Lorenzo Snyers 13 Jean Rossouw
14 Christiaan vd Bergh 14 Benjamin vd Berg
15 Tiano Combrink 15 Heinz Stockenstrom
16 Colin Cooper 16
17 Ewan Gerber 17
18 Kiaan v Deventer 18 Abrie Esterhuizen
19 Dirk Huisamen 19 Stephan Jacobs
20 Hendre Robinson 20 Daniel Grobler
21 Jefthas Jonre 21
22 Henco Raath 22 Donelle Hendriks
23 23 Rosisang Masoeu

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