WITH captain CJ Velleman leading from the front, Grey High completed their 157th reunion weekend in style with a 20-13 win over Queen’s in a typically hard-fought schools rugby encounter at Grey at the weekend.
The hosts enjoyed a narrow 10-8 lead at the break before stretching that to 20-8 to take control in the second half.
Queen’s, though, never gave up the fight and a missed tackle and a scything run by centre Avela Jubase ended up with fullback Siphuxolo Zaula crossing for a try with about a minute remaining.
Skipper Simon Bolze missed the conversion, but there was still time for the kick-off. This time, Grey made no mistakes on defence, pinning the visitors in their own 22-metre area before a knock-on was followed by the final whistle.
Velleman was exceptional throughout the game, controlling the breakdown where he frequently turned over the ball to stymie the Queenians’ hopes on attack.
Powerful Grey lock Martin Groenewald showed his strength in two bullocking runs to score both his team’s tries while flyhalf Richard Bryant added two penalties and two conversions.
Queen’s lock Alan Rautenbach opened the scoring when he barged over for a try.
Brandwag v Kingswood
BRANDWAG flyhalf Malcolm Jaer scored a hat-trick in an emphatic 51-14 victory over Kingswood in Uitenhage.
Kingswood raced to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes through tries by centres Cameron Hertz and wing James Chungu, before Brandwag took control to score nine unanswered tries.
Jaer scored Brandwag’s first try in the 12th minute, followed by scores from captain Elandre van der Merwe and scrumhalf Brandon O’Neill to give them the lead at 19-14. Jaer and fullback Nicholas Lourens each ran in further tries to give Brandwag a 29-14 lead at the break.
In the second half, Brandwag scored through lock Stefan Janse van Vuuren, Lourens, prop Erich de Jager and Jaer.
Framesby v Otto
FRAMESBY were too strong for Otto du Plessis, scoring seven tries to one in a 43-10 victory.
After two quick tries by wing Jacques Oosthuizen and centre Dewald van Eck, a runaway score looked likely, but the game home side never stopped trying.
Framesby were a bit too eager to score at times, which resulted in errors.