RESULTS: Standard Bank Grey Rugby Festival Powered by Powerade
April 30 2016 - DAY ONE
Grey High 27 vs Parktown 8
Grey High scored two tries in each half for a solid 27-8 win over Parktown in the final match of the opening day of the Standard Bank Grey Rugby Festival, powered by Powerade, at Grey in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Skipper David Masterson scored twice in the first half as the Grey forwards worked powerfully as a unit, driving back the Parktown pack in mauls to which the Johannesburg side had no answer.
That gave them a 15-3 lead at the break, with Parktown’s points coming from a penalty by flyhalf Ethan Anderson.
In the second half, Grey dominated territorially but came up against a determined Parktown defence. However, the home side would not be denied and flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela broke through to score a thrilling try, followed later by centre Josiah Twum-Baofo barging through the defence.
Parktown replied with a try by replacement wing Cole Rock with less than a minute remaining, but the day belonged to Grey, despite a number of unforced errors.
Grey 27: tries by No 9 David Masterson 2, No 10 Lubabalo Dobela, No 12 Josiah Twum-Boafo; conversions by No 10 Lubabalo Dobela 2; penalty by No 10 Lubabalo Dobela
Parktown 8: try by No 23 Cole Rock; penalty by No 10 Ethan Anderson
Hudson Par 11 vs Muir 3
In a match where handling was difficult at times on a wet field following heavy overnight rain, Hudson Park came back from 3-0 down to register a hard-earned 11-3 win over Muir.
The Uitenhage side were first off the mark through a penalty by Neo Pepeta, but Hudson came back well to lead 5-3 at halftime after a good try by No 12 Siphamandla Krweqe. After a period of pressure, the centre took a gap and forced his way over from close range.
The East London boys dominated the second half and Muir battled to get out of their own half. On occasions when they threatened to break out, handling errors blunted any attacking chances. Hudson had their chances as well, but Muir’s defence stood firm. However, the territorial domination resulted in two penalties, which eighth man Keenan Purcell converted to make the game safe for them.
Hudson Park 11: try by No 12 Siphamandla Krweqe; penalties by No 8 Keenan Purcell 2
Muir 3: penalty by No 15 Neo Pepeta
Framesby 20 vs St Alban’s 20
Framesby and St Alban’s fought out a thrilling draw as the fortunes in their match fluctuated from one side to the other.
Speedy Framesby wing Lindsay Potgieter showed scintillating form, beating the St Alban’s defence for pace on several occasions to cross for three tries.
Two of those came in the first half to give the PE side a 10-5 lead at halftime, but St Alban’s hit back immediately after the break when Conrad Lamprecht finished off an excellent backline move to score under the posts.
Framesby reclaimed the lead when Potgieter scored his third try, but St Alban’s again showed good finishing skills for their third try by Paul Teitge, which levelled the scores.
Framesby had the better of the game as they sought to break the deadlock, but St Alban’s kept them out to ensure the spoils were shared.
Framesby 20: tries by No 11 Lindsay Potgieter 3; penalty by No 15 Riaan van Rensburg, conversion by No 15 Riaan van Rensburg
St Alban’s 20: tries by No 14 Matthew Theart, No 6 Conrad Lamprecht, No 13 Paul Teitge; penalty by No 15 Cornell Korff; conversion by No 15 Cornell Korff
Dale 74 vs St David’s 0
With centre Sibulele Mbana crossing for a hat-trick, Dale proved too slick for St David’s to run riot in a 74-0 victory, scoring 12 tries.
The Dalians seized the advantage early on and never let St David’s into the match as they led 29-0 at halftime.
In the second half, St David’s played a tighter game, using their forwards to press forward and although they camped on the Dale line at one stage, they could find no way through.
Instead it was Dale who looked dangerous every time they ran the ball, something which they showed a willingness to do throughout the match.
Dale 74: tries by No 12 Sibulele Mbana 3, No 3 Hennie Otto, No 20 Sikhokhele Buhlungu, No 4 Viwe Ntontela, No 7 Kwanda Dimaza, No 10 Siposethu Dlongodlongo, No 11 Siphosoxolo Dlongodlongo, No 13 Siphamandla Matsinya, No 14 Litha Nkula, No 15 Aphelele Fassi; conversions by No 10 Siphosethu Dlongodlongo 6, No 1 Lunathi Fonte
Daniel Pienaar 28 vs Graeme 6
Daniel Pienaar and Graeme were involved in a closely fought encounter until midway through the second half when the Uitenhage side took control with three quick tries to run out comfortable 28-6 winners.
Graeme were full value for their efforts and trailed only 7-6 until well into the game before Daniel Pienaar’s territorial domination and hard running at the opposition defence finally told as fullback Dylan le Roux ran in two tries and flank Pieter Gunter one to ensure the victory.
Le Roux’s second try came as the teams ran the ball when time was up. Graeme conceded possession and the fullback chipped ahead, and used his pace to dot down behind the posts.
Daniel Pienaar 28: tries by No 15 Dylan le Roux 2, No 14 Duwayne Nel, No 7 Pieter Gunter; conversions by No 15 Dylan le Roux 2, No 7 Pieter Gunter 2
Graeme 6: penalties by No 10 Sivu Ngqiyaza, No 15 Bukhosi Mnlambie
Queen’s 40 vs Pearson 18
After an evenly contested first half, which ended at 13-13, Queen’s seized their chances after the break to run Pearson ragged for a solid victory.
The PE side were not helped by two yellow cards within minutes of each other and in this period, Queen’s rammed home their advantage with three quick tries. It gave them a cushion that they were never in danger of losing and Pearson could only get a consolation try late in the second half.
The Queen’s backs were full of running and their forwards gave a robust display to have Pearson under pressure for much of the game.
Queen’s 40: tries by No 2 Gareth Heidtmann, No 3 Sitsaba Moyake, No 5 Tristan Waller, No 8 Cameron Cato, No 15 Aviwe Mancotywa, No 18 Johan van Heerden 2; conversion by No 23 Keith Kroutz; penalty by No 23 Keith Kroutz
Pearson 18: tries by No 14 Bjorn Jonker, No 9 Raeez Harrison; conversion by No 10 Rodwill Baaitjies; penalties by No 10 Rodwill Baaitjies 2
Durban High School vs 60 Ithembelihle 0
Goudveld 22 vs Stirling 17
May 2 2016 - DAY 2
Grey 16 vs Durban High School 7
Grey High soaked up big periods of pressure to emerge 16-7 victors over Durban High School in an exciting finish to the Standard Bank Grey Rugby Festival, powered by Powerade, at Grey High in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
DHS showed plenty of running skills and cracked the Grey defence midway through the first half with some excellent play for fullback Cham Zondeki to cross over, with Sanele Nohamba adding the conversion.
Grey hit back with a powerful maul for hooker Ruan Jonker to score and the conversion, plus two penalties, by flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela gave the home side a 13-7 lead at the break.
In the second half, DHS spent a good deal of time in Grey’s half but this time they could find no way through the home defence. When they finally had a chance to attack, Grey found the Durban side’s defence equally tight and they eventually resorted to a drop goal by Dobela to stretch their lead to nine points.
With time running out, it proved a crucial score and Grey stood firm in the closing stages for a hard-earned victory.
GREY HIGH 16: a try by No 2 Ruan Jonker; two penalties, a conversion and a drop goal by No 10 Lubabalo Dobela
DHS 7: a try by No 15 Cham Zondeki; a conversion by No 9 Sanele Nohamba
St Alban’s 10 vs Muir 10
ST ALBAN’S failed to convert a lengthy period of pressure in the second half and then missed a penalty in the dying seconds to draw their encounter with Muir College.
After swopping penalties, St Alban’s No 8 Gustav Bouwer powered his way over under the poles to give his team a 10-3 lead at the break.
In the second half, Muir replied with a fine try by centre Sicelo Tole, converted by Neo Pepeta to level the scores and neither side were able to break the deadlock thereafter.
ST ALBAN’S 10: try by No 8 Gustav Bouwer; a penalty and a conversion by No 15 Corne Korff.
MUIR 10: try by No 13 Sicelo Tole; a penalty and a conversion by No 12 Neo Pepeta.
St David’s 12 vs Ithembelihle 12
TRAILING 12-0 at halftime, powerful Ithembelihle lock Hussayn Banzi used his strength and pace to crash over for two superb tries to secure his team an encouraging 12-12 draw against St David’s.
In fact, Ithembe had a late chance to snatch victory, but the penalty attempt went wide and the teams had to settle for the second draw of the day.
St David’s scored two good tries in the first half when wing Ngonidzashe Mupanomunda pulled off an interception in the opening minutes and later No 8 Joseph Lebos powered his way over.
But Ithembe stayed in the game throughout the second half and eventually the pace and power of Banzi gave them a well-earned draw.
ST DAVID’S 12: Tries by No 22 Ngonidzashe Mupanomunda, No 8 Joseph Lebos; conversion by No 12 Thapo Letsoalo
ITHEMBELIHLE 12: tries by No 5 Hussayn Banzi 2; conversion by No 10 Thabo Matiso
Stirling 34 vs Graeme 19
AFTER a close first half, Stirling displayed fine attacking instincts to run in four second half tries for a morale-boosting 34-19 win over Graeme.
The East London side led 10-7 at the break and maintained their lead in the second half even when Graeme managed to score tries. Each time the Grahamstown side drew close, Stirling, with good distribution and running rugby, consistently broke through the defence to ultimately score a convincing win.
STIRLING 34: tries by No 15 Khaya Mqashosho 2, No 10 Count More 2, No 12 Sako Makata, No 4 Nicholas Holm; conversions by No 11 Tristan Popp, No 4 Nicholas Holm
GRAEME 19: tries by No 8 Thandwefika Mgidlana, No 9 Cameron Amos, No 10 Sivu Ngqiyaza; conversions by No 10 Sivu Ngqiyaza 2.
Dale 64 vs Goudveld 7
Dale again showed their sublime running skills as they overwhelmed Welkom outfit Goudveld 64-7, scoring 10 tries to add to the 12 they put past St David’s on Saturday.
From an early stage it was clear there would only be one winner in this clash and although Gouties never gave up, they simply could not plug all the gaps on defence against the rampant Dalians, for whom flyhalf Siphosethu Dlongodlongo and fullback Aphelele Fassi each scored two tries.
Gouties’ brief moment of success came in the first half when wing Triumph Baloyi scored from a kick ahead, well converted by flyhalf Tristan September.
DALE 64: tries by No 10 Siphosethu Dlongodlongo 2, No 15 Aphelele Fassi 2, No 8 Siyanda Am, No 11 Siphosoxolo Dlongodlongo, No 13 Siphamandla Matsinya, No 18 Thandile Mpangeva, No 19 Lathitha Lukasi, No 20 Sikhokhele Buhlungu; seven conversions by No 15 Aphelele Fassi
GOUDVELD 7: try by No 11 Triumph Baloyi; conversion by No 10 Tristan September.
Parktown 36 vs Pearson 10
Sparked by two quick tries by flyhalf Ethan Anderson, Parktown fired themselves to an impressive 36-10 win over Pearson after leading 22-0 at halftime.
Pearson came back somewhat in the second half with two long-range tries by Keegan van Dyk and Luthando Ndlova, but Parktown matched them with two tries of their own to ensure there were no second half jitters.
The Parktown forwards competed effectively at the breakdown and gave their backs plenty of ball to work with, allowing Anderson to control things from the pivotal position.
PARKTOWN 36: tries by No 10 Ethan Anderson 2, No 12 Tyler Murray, No 14 Lelethu Mahlangeni, No 15 Michael Tambwe, No 13 Darren Solomon; three conversions by No 10 Ethan Anderson.
PEARSON 10: tries by No 21 Keegan van Dyk, No 22 Luthando Ndlova.
Queen’s 20 vs Framesby 12
Queen’s hit back from a 12-0 deficit to register a 20-12 win over Framesby in a rugged encounter as the PE side failed to capitalise on the breeze behind them in the second half.
The Framesby side came out firing and tries by fullback Riaan van Rensburg and flank Bernard McDonald gave them a handy lead.
Crucially, though, Queen’s scored shortly before halftime through a powerful drive from prop Dale Venske to make it 12-5 at the break.
The Queenians struck immediately after the restart when pacy wing Asi Mrubata beat the cover defence in a 50-metre run to level it all up at 12-12.
Queen’s stayed on the attack and were rewarded when lock Aaron Brody picked up to drive over from short range, putting them in front.
It was a tough battle from then on but Queen’s had the edge and when they were awarded a penalty near the posts in the dying seconds of the match, they had no hesitation in taking the kick to make the game safe.
QUEEN’S 20: tries by No 1 Dale Venske, No 4 Aaron Brody, No 11 Asi Mrubata; a conversion and a penalty by No 16 Chris Hollis.
FRAMESBY 12: tries by No 15 Riaan van Rensburg, No 6 Bernard McDonald; a conversion by No 15 Riaan van Rensburg.
Daniel Pienaar 15 vs Hudson Park 12
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