Henk Steenkamp and Mkhululi Ndamase
PARK had to work hard on Saturday at Londt Park for their fourth win in a row in the EP Grand Challenge rugby competition.
The home side just managed to hang on to win by 24-17 against a spirited Kruisfontein side. Park started like a house on fire with two quick tries, the second one by fullback Ashley Derbyshire being a real beauty, to lead 14-0.
In the second part of the first half, Kruisfontein produced their best play of the match to pull it back to 14-14 at halftime. It was a brilliant long-distance try by left wing Jason Rawlinson that sparked Kruisfontein into action.
Park scored the only try in the second half as their stronger pack kept things tight and the ball away from the enterprising Kruisfontein backs.
Despatch continued with their winning ways on their home ground with a hard- fought 33-19 victory over Progress. Despatch did not have it their own way against a motivated Progress, but secured a good win with a bonus point in the end.
It was a match with numerous mistakes and with just more than 10 minutes left, Progress were still in with a winning chance with the score 16-12. Despatch then accelerated to clinch the win.
At NMMU, the home side proved far too strong for PE SAPS, romping to an 80-3 win. The visitors were never in the match as the varsity side dominated from the outset.
Harlequins humiliated the Brumbies 87-14 in their game at the Adcock Stadium at the weekend.
Harlequins dominated from the first to the last whistle. They announced their intentions early on and went to the break leading 31-0.
The Eastern Cape Super 12 club rugby champions came back stronger from the break and piled more misery on the Grahamstown team. The visitors managed to score 14 points late in the game but it was too little, too late.
Crusaders thrashed the United Barbarians 43-6 in their clash at Saders.
The home side continued with their winning ways when they won their third game in as many matches. Crusaders took control of the game from the start and were comfortably leading 29-6 at halftime.
The second half was no different as the hosts carried on from where they left off and ran away with the game.
In Uitenhage, Gardens edged Suburban 33-16.
Suburban were their worst enemies as they were guilty of too many mistakes, which Gardens took full advantage of.
Gardens dominated the lineouts and used driving mauls well. They led 12-10 at the break, but came back stronger in the second half and increased their score, while the visitors only managed to score two penalties.