TRAILING 26-0 with 20 minutes remaining, Grey High produced a sensational comeback to defeat Paul Roos Gym for the third year in a row in their schools rugby clash in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
The visitors, who lost their captain, Johann van Niekerk, during the game through injury, looked almost buried when Jerome Korf crossed for Paul Roos’s fourth try midway through the second half.
However, fullback Keanu Vers, who was outstanding throughout the game, then sparked a remarkable fightback with a jinking run to set up wing Nathan Brown for the visitors’ first try.
From then, Grey spread the ball wide at every opportunity as they sensed a way through the home defence.
Further tries by Athi Mayinje (2) and Josh Mudrovcic, two of which were converted by Curwin Bosch, set up a nerve-racking final few minutes as Grey pressed for the winning points.
A penalty in the final minute gave Bosch the opportunity to put them ahead, but the flyhalf, whose goal-kicking radar had been offline for much of the afternoon, struck the upright.
Paul Roos claimed possession and with time seemingly over, they booted the ball into touch. However, the referee ruled there should be one more lineout and a powerful driving maul by Grey was collapsed by Paul Roos, giving Bosch another chance with the final kick of the match.
This time, from a similar angle as the previous attempt, Bosch made no mistake and Grey managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Brandwag v Marlow
MARLOW Agricultural survived a late surge by Brandwag to win 27-22 in Uitenhage.
The home team dominated much of the first half, scoring the first two tries via wing Brandon Fouche and flank Morney Moos for a 10-0 lead.
Marlow came back with a penalty and then captain and No6 Nelius van Heerden showed impressive pace, outsprinting Brandwag on the outside before passing inside to No8 Luigy van Jaarsveld for Marlow’s first try.
Centre Gerhard Potgieter converted and the teams changed sides with the score 10-10.
After the break, Marlow scored a further three tries by Potgieter, Van Jaarsveld and prop NJ Oosthuizen. Van Jaarsveld converted the last of the three tries to give them a 27-10 lead.
Brandwag fought back tenaciously, leading to two tries by centre Derick du Toit. Flyhalf Shevaan Hendriks converted the first of the two, bringing Brandwag back into the game at 27-22.
Brandwag kept up the attack in the final stages of the game, but Marlow held on for victory.
OTHER Eastern Cape results from the weekend were: Dale 17 Grens 0; Despatch 0 Framesby 66; Langenhoven Gym 26 Nico Malan 14; Pearson 0 St Andrew’s 37; Queen’s 11 Selborne 58; Cambridge 17 Hudson Park 15; Ndzondelelo 15 John Walton 12; Graeme 27 Gill 17.