SPRING Rose continued their winning ways when they edged Gardens 26-17 in their EP Grand Challenge rugby match at Rosedale at the weekend. The visitors made their intentions known early in the game but Gardens were not about to be bullied in front of their fans. However, it was Rose who went to the break with a 15-10 lead.
The second half was no different, with both sides trying their best to put more points on the board. But Gardens were their own worst enemies, making too many handling errors.
They only managed a converted try in the second half while Spring Rose scored a further 11 points to claim the victory.
Crusaders and PE SAPS played to an exciting 29-29 draw at St George’s Park.
The SAPS men were comfortably in front, leading 18-3, but Crusaders managed to reduce the score to 18-12 at the break.
While the visitors scored three tries, Crusaders managed to score one and a penalty try. After the break Saders went all out and forced the draw.
In Ramaphosa, United Barbarians beat the Brumbies 29-17.
Although the Grahamstown outfit dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, it was the home side that went to the break in the lead at 15-10.
The Brumbies were caught napping on two occasions – with an intercepted try and a quick lineout score.
The second half saw the Barbarians stepping into gear and running away with the game while Brumbies only managed an unconverted try.
Kruisfontein produced a match-winning second-half performance to claim a hard- fought 30-20 victory over Suburban in Kleinskool.
The score was 15-15 at half time, with both sides hitting straight back after conceding. The end-to-end action produced exciting rugby throughout the game, but it was Kruisfontein who finally managed to claim victory.
NMMU did enough to beat African Bombers 22-10 in their back yard.
The strong varsity men played a clever game, targeting Bombers’ flyhalf in the absence of star player Coyi Banda.
NMMU were leading 12-10 after 40 minutes.
The second half was all NMMU as they managed to keep Bombers at bay.
At a cold Londt Park, Despatch were not at their best but still managed a comfortable 58-20 victory over Park in the biggest of the weekend’s matches.
The Despatch pack was too strong for the home side, with Trichardt van Tonder prominent. When the visitors went into overdrive at the rucks and mauls, the Park defence was stretched to the limit.
At times there was some good interplay between forwards and backs with Despatch creating a lot of space for their backs to score. The backs did squander a lot of try-scoring opportunities though, with some poor handling and passing and scrumhalf Marlon Lewis trying too much on his own.
Full marks though to the fighting spirit of the home side. They were down 20-3 at half time but never gave up.
The game between Orlando Eagles and Progress did not take place because Eagles are still being investigated for allegedly hitting a referee when they played Suburban.