Progress remain unbeaten

Mkhululi Ndamase

PROGRESS made it five wins in as many matches in Eastern Cape Super 12 club rugby when they came back from a 16-15 half-time score to edge East London Police 22-16 in Uitenhage at the weekend.

It also ensured that the high-flying Uitenhage outfit qualified for the quarterfinals.

The visitors took the game to the home side and piled on the pressure, managing to score all their points in the first half.

For Progress, scrumhalf Kelvano King and hooker Barland Edwards scored tries. Fullback Aluzant Munnik converted one and kicked over a penalty.

The second half was more tight as both teams’ defence stood strong. But three minutes from time Ramond Darries secured the win for Progress with a well deserved try. King converted.

Hosts PE SAPS humiliated Swallows 53-5.

The home side were in a scoring mood as they crossed the tryline several times. They were comfortably leading 21-0 at half time.

The second half was no different as PE SAPS continued where they left off. They added 32 more points. Brothers Fabian and Christopher Juries were among the scorers with two tries apiece.

Harlequins also impressed as they travelled to East London and came back with full points after beating Buffalos 29-11.

The northern areas side went to the break leading 19-6 thanks to a try by Justin Krammer. Fullback Irvin Williams converted and added 12 more points with penalties.

After the break, Irvin Kapara sealed the victory when he scored a try. Williams converted and added a penalty.

In Queenstown, Park were hard done by with injuries to three of their forwards when Breakers came back from a 20-5 half time score to narrowly win 22-20.

In the first half it was all Park as Willie Esterhuizen, Monrie van As and Brendon Coetzer each scored tries. Coetzer also converted one try and kicked over two penalties.

Breakers capitalised on Park’s injuries. Park also finished the game with a player short after they ran out of substitutions.

In Grahamstown, Brumbies went down 13-15 to Winter Rose in a closely contested encounter.

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