NMMU ran in five tries against Despatch in their EP Grand Challenge rugby encounter to register a well-deserved 49-25 victory at the south campus at the weekend.
The titanic clash lived up to expectations as both sides were determined to win the battle, but NMMU who excelled in the Varsity Cup competition this year reaching the semifinals before being narrowly beaten by Stellenbosch, gave Despatch their first loss of the competition after seven games.
The hosts recorded an emphatic win and earned a bonus point against the current Community Cup national champions. NMMU had to come from behind after Despatch led 6-0 after 10 minutes of play.
After that NMMU stepped into gear and ran in five tries – eighth man Timothy Agaba, wing Logan Basson, fullback Gert Smith, Gareth Hartley and Ferdie Gerber crossed the tryline for the hosts.
Flyhalf Justin van Staden’s reliable boot added the conversions.
NMMU produced a complete performance against the hard-tackling Despatch outfit, with their pack keeping them going forward.
The second half was no different as both sides came back determined to claim the victory, but NMMU simply outplayed the visitors.
Spring Rose did enough to claim a 18-12 victory against Harlequins at the Oval in New Brighton.
The home side went to the break with a slim 5-0 lead. They increased their lead in the second half and led 13-12 for the most part of the game. They added the last nail to Harlequins’ coffin in the final minute of the game with a well deserved try.
In Uitenhage, Progress had to fight for their win when they met the African Bombers side, but the Eastern Cape Super 12 club rugby finalists secured a 25-13 win.
The home side made their intentions known early in the game and went to the break leading the Zwide side 17-10.
The second half did not have as many scoring opportunities, with Progress adding only eight points, while Bombers only managed a penalty.
In Grahamstown, Gardens narrowly edged the Brumbies 15-14 in a closely contested game. The evenly matched sides gave their all throughout the game but it was the visitors who took a slim 8-3 lead going to the break.
The second half saw the Brumbies threatening to steal the victory but it was a little too late as Gardens came back with the win.
Suburban beat the United Barbarians 17-15 in Kleinskool after it was 8-6 at half time in favour of Suburban.
The game between St Marks and Orlando Eagles was postponed.