Grey ‘tsunami’ mauls Ithembe

GREY High proved too strong and quick for an outclassed Ithembelihle team when they won their schools rugby encounter 75-7 at Crusaders at the weekend.

Diminutive scrumhalf Ayabonga Mteto had a moment to remember when he scored a fine try as he danced his way through the Grey defence, adding the conversion.

For the rest, though, Ithembe were hit by a wave of tries as Grey never relaxed and kept their opponents under constant pressure.

Reflecting on the match, Ithembe coach Theo Pieterse said yesterday: “We were hit by a Grey tsunami yesterday, they were simply too big and too good for my young side. But credit to my boys, everyone commented on their fighting spirit, they just never gave up and tried until the final whistle. Twelve of them will still be available for me again next season.”

After Mteto’s try, Ithembe were forced to live off scraps of possession, but there were good performances from No8 Lwando Kleinbooi and prop Lungelo Mngomezulu, who put in some massive hits, stopping a number of Grey moves.

Flyhalf and captain Simamkele Mcwabeni also tried hard in the face of the Grey onslaught.

Grey’s backline had a field day despite the conditions, which were made difficult by a strong wind blowing down the field.

Pacy wing Luca Dalla Veccia, who has shown some excellent form lately, continued his try-scoring exploits by crossing for four tries.

Not far behind him was Angus van Niekerk, who dotted down three times, while captain CJ Velleman went over the whitewash twice.

Other tries came from Gerrit Huisamen, Bantu Katshwa, Chad Momberg and Ryan Robertson.

  • In a shortened schools programme at the weekend, Graeme also went on the rampage, defeating Woodridge 71-3. Kingswood edged past Muir 23-22, while St Andrew’s and Selborne drew 17-17.

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