NMMU continued with their winning ways when they flattened Spring Rose 38-14 in their EP Grand Challenge encounter at the university at the weekend.
The game lived up to expectations as both sides came out firing. Just like they have done throughout this campaign, the students announced their intentions early in the game and led 24-6 after 40 minutes.
Rose, who always give NMMU a run for their money, continued to try to penetrate in search of points, but the home side’s defence stood firm and kept the New Brighton outfit at bay.
Rose had a better second half than first as they managed to limit the students to only 14 further points. But that was enough to clinch the bonus- point victory.
At Kemsley Park, PE SAPS narrowly edged Caltex Crusaders 18-13.
The young Saders side went into the game aiming to redeem themselves after being humiliated by Gap Despatch in their previous game, but the home side also wanted to get back to winning ways after losing against Gardens last weekend.
Saders drew first blood with an unconverted try in the early stages of the game, but it was Police who led 10-5 at the break.
In the second stanza, both sides threw everything at one another but both failed to take full control of the game. A penalty in the dying stages of the clash sealed the win for the home side in a game that could have gone either way.
African Bombers suffered their second consecutive loss when they went down 31-29 against Brumbies in Grahamstown.
Both sides were determined to turn their fortunes around after losing their previous outings.
Brumbies took full advantage of Bombers missing key players at key positions. Bombers, who lost their quick second centre, their eighth man and played with one tight head and no loose head, only have themselves to blame for lapses in concentration.
The Zwide outfit led 22-17 at the interval. At one stage Bombers led 29-17 but allowed the home side back into the game. Harlequins had to dig deep for a hard-fought 18-15 victory over Gardens at the Adcock Stadium.
Quins, who have not been performing at their best, finally gave their fans something to smile about after months of poor showings.
Quins scored all their points in the opening half and led 18-8 at half time.
The second half was more about the Rosedale side attacking in search of points, but the northern areas side defended well and claimed the deserved win.
At Londt Park, Kruisfontein edged Park 38-32 in a closely contested game. Park went into the clash high in confidence after beating Bombers last week, but the Humansdorp side, which was taught a rugby lesson by NMMU last week, had other ideas and did enough to claim the points. – Mkhululi Ndamase