THE schools rugby match between Framesby and Oakdale only really came alight as a spectacle in the last 10 minutes, with Framesby doing just enough to win 20-16.
In that period, three of the four tries of the match were scored. Before that, both sides gave each other very little space in an extremely tight affair.
In the end two conversions were the difference. Both teams scored two tries and two penalties, but Framesby converted their tries.
Oakdale saw more of the ball in the first half, with their physical pack putting Framesby under pressure, but they made a lot of handling mistakes on attack. Framesby defended well, making the most of their opportunities.
Prop Botter van Zyl, hooker Gerhard van As and lock Wiehan Coetzer maintained a high work rate for Framesby, helped by No 8 Wikus van Rooyen. Another star was inside centre Malan Marais, who tested the defence with his strong runs.
Lock Ewan Coetzee and loose forwards Renaldo Ferreira and Daniel Maree did some strong work for Oakdale.
Van Zyl and scrumhalf Rouche Nel scored tries for Framesby. Tiaan Stander added two penalties and two conversions. Coetzee and Maree were the Oakdale try-scorers. Boeta Hamman contributed two penalties.
Brandwag v H’dorp
BRANDWAG beat visitors Humansdorp Secondary 44-19 in their schools match in Uitenhage on Saturday.
Brandwag had a wealth of possession but struggled with their rhythm, especially in the first half. Humansdorp defended bravely despite being starved of possession throughout the match, and looked dangerous when they did get their hands on the ball.
Brandwag flyhalf Shevaan Hendriks had a good day with the boot, kicking three penalties and five out of five conversions. For Humansdorp, left wing Nathan George scored two tries in the corner, both during the first half. The visitors also had the final say when right wing Darren Lottering crossed for the last try of the match. Scrumhalf Charles Goede converted two tries.
For Brandwag, tries were scored by centres Derick du Toit and Wian Engelbrecht, wing Davian Swanepoel, lock Frank Fourie and replacement Jack Thomas.
Grey v Selborne
GREY High ended their season on a high note when they defeated Border arch-rivals Selborne 20-18 in East London at the weekend.
Leading 13-6 at half time through a try by lock Michael de Marco and a conversion, a penalty and a drop goal by flyhalf Garrick Mattheus, Grey scored a converted try by scrumhalf Brody van Goeverden in the second half to hold on for the narrow win.
For Selborne, tries were scored by Heinrich Niewenhuizen and Tristan Coetzer, with two penalties and a conversion by flyhalf Morgan Steyn.
Westering bt Cillie 22-19, Dale bt Hudson Park 38-5, Nico Malan bt Pearson 52-14, Queen’s bt Cambridge 34-7, Volkskool drew with Union High 5-5, Graeme bt Muir 21-14