Spring Rose on top after showing Eagles no mercy

Mkhululi Ndamase

SPRING Rose ran in seven tries against Orlando Eagles to claim an emphatic 47-24 victory when the two sides locked horns in their EP Grand Challenge rugby encounter in Thornhill at the weekend.

Rose, who have only lost one game this season, made their intentions known early on and threatened to humiliate Eagles in front of their home fans.

The New Brighton side built up a comfortable 25-0 by half time.

With the backing of their fans, Eagles rose from the ashes like the phoenix and fought back in the second half. They went on the attack and created several scoring chances.

Eagles kept trying until the last minute, but Rose had done enough to claim the victory.

Gardens handed Despatch their second loss of the season when they narrowly edged them 27-23 at Rosedale.

Gardens started the game well while the Community Cup champions fumbled. The home side led 15-9 after 40 minutes.

The second half was no different as Gardens continued where they left off. Despatch tried hard to get back in the game, but Gardens claimed their well-deserved win.

PE SAPS left it late against the United Barbarians when they met at Ramaphosa, but two penalties in the closing stages helped them seal a 22-15 win.

Both sides were determined to walk away with the points during a highly competitive showdown and it was the PE SAPS team who took a 5-3 lead at half time.

The second half saw the Barbarians seize the lead, which they maintained up until the last three minutes of the game.

But the Port Elizabeth outfit came back strongly to edge 16-15 ahead and then kicked two penalties to stay in front.

Progress produced a match-winning second half performance against Suburban when they beat them 30-16 in Kleinskool.

Neither side had clear-cut scoring opportunities in the first half and they were tied 6-6 at the break.

The second half was a different story as the visitors capitalised on some errors by the hosts.

Progress went all out and camped in Suburban territory for long periods in the second half, scoring four tries, two of which were converted, while Suburban only managed two unconverted tries.

Brumbies got their first away win of the season at the expense of St Marks, edging them 23-10 at the Adcock Stadium.

The Grahamstown team looked vulnerable at half time when they trailed 10-9.

However, the second half was one-way traffic, with the Brumbies scoring two converted tries without reply from the home outfit.

African Bombers beat Harlequins 17-13 in a physical encounter at Zwide Stadium.

Eastern Cape Super 12 champions Quins led 10-5 at half time.

They increased their lead to 13-12 in the second half and led until the last two minutes of the game.

The northern areas side only have themselves to blame as they relaxed their concentration for a moment, allowing Bombers to steal the victory in the dying minutes with a well-worked unconverted try.

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