THE ruthless and unstoppable Spring Rose outfit showed United Barbarians no mercy when they flattened them 38-0 in a one-sided EP Grand Challenge rugby encounter at the New Brighton Oval at the weekend.
Rose, who have been enjoying a good season, only going down to Despatch, stayed among the leading teams on the log. The New Brighton side were determined to assert their authority early in the game, but only managed a 12-0 half-time scoreline.
They came back more clinical after the break and ran away with the game.
In another high-scoring encounter, the Brumbies outclassed Kruisfontein 44-20 at the Grahamstown Oval.
The home side ran in six tries against Kruisfontein’s three. The first half proved to be a closely contested affair, with the Grahamstown side taking a narrow 16-15 half-time lead.
In the second half, the hosts played some exciting running rugby.
At Kemsley Park, PE SAPS beat Suburban 31-19. Both sides gave their all, with PE SAPS up 15-10 at the break.
Gardens edged Harlequins 18-14 in a closely contested clash at the Adcock Stadium. As in their previous losses, the reigning Eastern Cape Super 12 champions led (6-5) at the break. They increased their lead to 14-11 until the last five minutes of the game when the visitors scored a converted try against the run of play. At a windy Londt Park, African Bombers left it late when they beat Park 47-10. Despite the scoreline, the game was closely contested, with Park playing good rugby. But Bombers also excelled.
The first half saw the Zwide outfit take a 17-10 lead. Bombers then increased their lead to 20-10. Park were hit by a red card after their eighth man committed two yellow-card offences.
The hosts also lost one of their flanks, who had to be taken to hospital with a shoulder injury. Bombers scored three quick tries in the last 15 minutes to claim the victory.
Despatch wasted no time in regaining their winning touch after a loss to Gardens the previous weekend when they outplayed Caltex Crusaders 70-10 in Despatch on Saturday.
Saders acquitted themselves well in the first half by holding the home side to a 19-7 scoreline. But, with centre Jaco Bekker and No 8 Elroy Ligman standing out for Despatch, the floodgates opened in the second half.
At the south campus, NMMU Madibaz also bared their teeth as they proved too strong for visiting Orlando Eagles, winning 67-5.
The student side crossed for 11 tries and led 31-5 at the break.
NMMU will again be in action tomorrow when they host Gardens.
Progress defeated St Marks 52-24 in Uitenhage. The inexperienced St Marks side, who have lost all their games, started well and held the hosts to a 17-17 half-time score.
However, Progress took control in the second half, in the end scoring seven tries to the visitors’ four.