Champs Harlequins gain second victory

Mkhululi Ndamase

HARLEQUINS ran in six tries against St Mark’s to register their second victory in as many matches in the Grand Challenge when the two teams clashed at the Adcock Stadium at the weekend.

The reigning Eastern Cape Super 12 club rugby champions proved too much for their opponents as they announced their intentions early on in the game and went to the break leading 17-0.

In the second half, the northern areas side became more clinical and ran away with the game.

St Mark’s only managed to score a converted try and a penalty in the second half, but it was a little too late for any comeback.

In Zwide, African Bombers humiliated United Barbarians 41-6. They started the game like a house on fire and stamped their authority from early on.

Bombers led throughout the game against the young Patensie outfit and continued to pile on the pressure in the second half.

At the Rosedale fields, Gardens outplayed Orlando Eagles 32-23.

The first half was a bit tight with neither side willing to go to the break behind. Gardens were leading narrowly by 12-6 after 40 minutes.

The second half was more entertaining as play opened up which resulted in more points being scored by both teams.

Spring Rose narrowly edged Progress 19-17 at the New Brighton Oval.

Rose’s forwards won the game for their side as they kept the ball for long periods. The home team went to the break leading 14-12.

The second half was tighter, but an unconverted try sealed the victory for the hosts.

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