Despatch back on winning course after tight match with Harlequins

Mkhululi Ndamase

DESPATCH got back to their winning ways with a 16-6 victory over Harlequins in a tightly contested EP Grand Challenge rugby clash in Despatch at the weekend.

The clash of champions was dominated by the boot, with the only try being scored in the 76th minute. Going into the break, Community Cup champions Despatch enjoyed a narrow 9-6 lead over the Eastern Cape Super 12 holders.

The second half was a close affair, with neither side managing to add to their scores until a converted try in the 76th minute sealed the victory for Despatch.

The Brumbies ran in five tries to win 38-25 against Orlando Eagles at the Oval in Grahamstown.

At Kemsley Park, Gardens narrowly edged a PE SAPS outfit, who were missing 12 first team regulars, 26-10.

Kruisfontein continued their good form when they beat the United Barbarians 18-11 in Humansdorp.

The township derby in New Brighton saw hosts Spring Rose beating African Bombers 20-14.

Spring Rose took the lead early in the game and held a 13-7 advantage at half time.

Bombers could only manage a converted try in the second half, while the hosts crossed the tryline on two more occasions. Bombers only had themselves to blame as all three of Rose’s tries came from their mistakes.

The game between St Marks and Suburban had to be called off after a burst water pipe at the Adcock Stadium made the field unplayable. Attempts were made to move the game to the Windvogel Stadium, but the fixture could not carry on as there were no markings on the field.

Despite windy conditions at Park, NMMU demonstrated their ability with a resounding 55-18 win over the home side.

Caltex Crusaders returned from Uitenhage with their reputation firmly enhanced after an impressive 23-18 win over Progress.

The Progress XV were on a four-match winning streak and looked set to extend that when they led 15-9 at half time.

However, Saders proved equal to the task as they hit back to score 16 points in the second period, while Progress could only add a penalty to their tally in the last seconds of the match.

Saders’ Louis Kruger had a good game as the visitors registered their seventh win in nine matches this season.

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