A GOOD second-half display clinched a convincing victory for Framesby in Grahamstown as they defeated Kingswood 37-27 in their schools rugby encounter after leading 20-10 at the break.
In the first half, the match struggled to get going, with both teams making unforced errors. Flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg kept Kingswood on the back foot with his monster line kicks and when Kingswood tried to run themselves out of trouble, mistakes crept in.
The PE side could have won by a bigger margin, but squandered several scoring opportunities.
Kingswood defended bravely throughout the match and showed good spirit to score two late tries.
Grey v Dan Pienaar
IN difficult, windy conditions, Grey High had to work hard to subdue Daniel Pienaar at Grey, eventually showing enough class and power up front to run out convincing 39-8 winners.
While backline players Keanu Vers and Luca Dalla-Vecchia each scored excellent tries for Grey, their strength lay up front and three times they mauled the Daniel Pienaar pack backwards for Johann van Niekerk, Martin Groenewald and Bathwanda Cafu to cross for tries.
Fullback Vers was a constant threat from the back with his skilful running and he showed his talent when he leapt to claim a chip ahead from flyhalf Garrick Mattheus to race over for Grey’s first try. Seven minutes later, the Grey backs executed a snappy line movement and there was no one to stop the speedy Dalla-Vecchia.
Daniel Pienaar never stopped trying and were rewarded for their persistence when prop Rinus McGregor powered over for a try after picking up a loose ball from a 5m lineout. Wing Devon Davidson added a penalty.
Playing into the wind, the Grey forwards controlled much of the second half, while Mattheus showed a fine judgment in the breezy conditions to slot four conversions and two penalties.
Alex Rd v Cillie
CILLIE ran in four tries to Alexander Road’s two, winning 26-21 at Alex. Cillie deserved victory, but Alex will be kicking themselves for conceding two soft tries.
However, Alex made a spirited comeback with two late tries by lock Tristan van Heerden and wing Siseko Mafu. Flyhalf Dylan Walters converted one and kicked three first-half penalties. Alex’s No 8 Seth Frieslaar had a good game.
Cillie’s tries were scored by loose forwards Raywan van Rensburg, Jean Fouche and Jonah Mouers, and prop Benjamin Ward.
Fullback Chivano Breda kicked three conversions, while scrumhalf Anton Gerber stood out.
- Other results were:
Cambridge 33 Westering 5, Brandwag 24 Despatch 5, Hudson Park 13 Selborne 13, Marlow 22 St Andrew’s 3, Muir 59 Woodridge 3, Ndzondelelo 8 David Livingstone 6, Newton 7 Andrew Rabie 5, Pearson 24 Graeme 22, Queen’s 71 Port Rex 0, Solomon Mahlangu 27 Ithembelihle 0, Union 43 Gill 17.