GAP Despatch humiliated Caltex Crusaders 80-9 in a one-sided EP Grand Challenge contest at Saders at the weekend.
Despatch went into the clash as wounded lions after they failed to defend the Cell C Community Cup last month and vented their frustration on the hosts.
It did not take very long for the visitors to get going and they dominated from the first to last minute.
By the break, the game was as good as won after Despatch comfortably led 40-9. They continued to rain down tries in the second half as they scored a further 40 points to none from Saders.
Gardens were made to sweat for their 25-10 win over PE SAPS in Rosedale. The Eastern Cape Super 12 champs had to concentrate for 80 minutes against the strong Port Elizabeth outfit.
Both teams defended very well in the first half, with the home side leading 10-5 after 40 minutes. Play opened up in the second half with more chances created, but it was the hosts who emerged victorious.
At the New Brighton Oval, Spring Rose had to dig deep to narrowly edge Harlequins 17-11.
Despite losing the game the northern areas side, which has not been playing the most beautiful or effective rugby, showed glimpses of being on the up.
Rose took advantage of their first-half chances and led 17-6. Not too many chances were created in the second stanza, with Quins only scoring an unconverted try.
Progress beat Brumbies 17-10 at the Uitenhage Central Fields.
The Grahamstown outfit gave the hosts a run for their money but trailed 10-0 at the interval.
Brumbies threatened to get back in the game but the Uitenhage side secured the hard-fought victory with a converted try.
Park produced a match-winning second half performance, narrowly edging African Bombers 23-22 in Zwide. The game lived up to expectations and produced fireworks from the onset.
Bombers led 22-17 at the break.
In the second half, Park took advantage of Bombers’ mistake to change the front row. Two penalties were enough to seal the game.
NMMU trashed Kruisfontein 54-26 at the Humansdorp Country Club.
The ruthless students announced their intention early in the game and led 19-0 at half time.
The visitors doubled their efforts in the second half and ran away with the game. – Mkhululi Ndamase