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Dale College flair stuns Grey High in thriller, all EC schools 1st XV rugby results last weekend

By Marc Jacobson - Jun 13, 2017
Dale College flair stuns Grey High in thriller, all EC schools 1st XV rugby results last weekend

With the June school exams now in our midst, there saw far fewer rugby derbies than usual, but in Eastern Cape alone, school rugby was illuminated through the King Williamstown showing between traditional rivals, Dale College and Grey High.

Playing at Dale’s ‘Graveyeard’ on a very hard, flat surface, the game was always deemed to be expansive with full of running, and it certainly did live up to expectation.

Dale took advantage of this feat, with their branded expansive game, while Grey High acquired the edge amongst the forwards.

The boys from Kings William struck first blood with a penalty, followed by great envision from flyhalf, Aphelele Fassi, when he side-stepped his way into space on Grey’s line after a base had been set from a driving maul.

Grey responded with a driving maul try by hooker Ruan Jonker in the corner, which was unconverted and took the scores to 10-5 to the home side.

Then heeding up the field, Dale showed some more attacking flair through Fassi, who made a grubber-kick through and gather, while also again showing attentive side-stepping to set his side on Grey’s line.

It was then just two more phases of ascendency, which gave way for Dale fullback Makabongwe Dlepu to go over for a try. Fassi then again contributed on the 30th minute when he slotted an approximate 45-metre penalty through to take the score tally to 18-5.

Then soon on the brink of half-time, Grey High endured much tight attacking grunt to score another unenthused try by Waqar Solaan right beside the posts. The conversion, however, was missed, and took the scores to 18-10 in favour of Dale at the break.

Approximately 10 minutes into the second half, Dale then produced a stellar long-range try from within their own 22-metre area, when they counter-attacked from a Grey mishap, and again Fassi was at the pinnacle of a good movement when he chased down a follow-through kick and went over for a try.

With the scores now at 25-10, Dale looked to have the wind in their sails for victory, but Grey managed to characterise a spirited comeback, first-up with a pick-and-go try on the 50th minute from Philip Weyer-Henderson. The conversion was again missed, and six points had by this time gone begging due to astray goal-kicks. The scores were taken to 25-15.

Jonker then backed up another Grey High maul on Dale’s line, to score another try, which this time was converted to narrow the scores down to 25-22. Then with just two and a half minutes to play, Grey High managed to string together enough phases for fullback Sihle Njezula to be sent in at the corner for another try.

At this stage Grey High took the lead for the first time in the match at 27-25, but it was to no avail, as Dale managed to spark up more attacking resilience in stoppage time to place themselves on Grey’s line. After amounted pressure, Dale managed to force a penalty under the poles, which they converted to win the game 28-27 in an after-death thriller.

All EC schools 1st XV results last weekend:

Hoërskool Brandwag 107-8 Otto du Plessis

Dale College 28-27 Grey High

Graeme College 18-11 Queens College

Grens 10-35 Kingswood College

Hudson Park 41-23 Stirling

St. Andrews College 37-11 Pearson High

Union High 19-17 Westering High

Image: Dale College 1st XV posing in front of the scoreboard, following their after-death victory over Grey High.