Eagles’ wings clipped

Mkhululi Ndamase and Neale Emslie

KRUISFONTEIN taught Orlando Eagles a rugby lesson when they flattened them 33-8 in a one-sided EP Grand Challenge rugby clash in front of their home supporters in Thornhill at the weekend.

The visitors took control of the game from the start but only managed to score two converted tries to go into the break leading 14-3.

The Kruisfontein men must have received a tongue-lashing at half- time because they came back more clinical and ruthless, adding four more tries to the scoreboard.

Eagles were outclassed by the determined visitors. They only managed to score one unconverted try in the second half.

In another high-scoring game, the United Barbarians thumped St Marks 45-18 in Patensie.

The home side were in a scoring mood from the start and they led 20-3 after 40 minutes.

The second half was no different as the Barbarians doubled their efforts and scored 25 more points to run away with the game, while the visitors could only manage 15 further points.

Progress edged Gardens 15-7 in a closely contested encounter in Rosedale.

The home side started the game like a house on fire. They capitalised on Gardens’ mistakes, managing to score a converted try and a penalty to go to the break leading 10-0.

The second half saw Gardens threateningto stage a comeback with a converted try but their poor defending and too many handling errors cost them as Progress sealed the victory with an unconverted try.

The game between African Bombers and PE SAPS had to be rescheduled after the Zwide Stadium was double booked on Saturday. The game is expected to be played on July 6 at the same venue.

Caltex Crusaders regained the winning feeling when they scored a useful 45-30 win over Grahamstown Brumbies at Crusaders at the weekend.

In an entertaining game full of running rugby, Saders led from the start and only a few late tries by Brumbies, including a penalty try, allowed them to close the gap.

Saders hit back after suffering two successive defeats and the bonus point they earned on Saturday will boost their position on the log.

At Londt Park, Spring Rose scored a narrow 5-3 win over Park in a match where the strong wind severely affected the efforts of the kickers.

Both teams scored their points in the first half, and although Park had two kicks at goal to try to get ahead, the conditions proved too difficult and the visitors were able to hang on for an important victory.

The match between Harlequins and NMMU Madibaz, which was due to have been played at the Adcock Stadium, also had to be postponed because the field was not suitable for play after a pipe burst.

NMMU official Nico Koen said the match would be rescheduled but he did not know at this stage when it would be played.

Defending champions Despatch had a bye at the weekend.

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