Eastern Cape schools on top at windy Grey High Festival
The wind howled in Port Elizabeth on the opening day of the Standard Bank Grey High School rugby festival on Saturday and while the Gauteng schools present struggled to master the conditions, the Eastern Cape schools were clearly more used to it, with the hosts and Selborne College, in particular, still managing to play some sparkling rugby.
Grey High were the most impressive side on show on day one. They scored six tries against St John’s in an all-round excellent performance which doesn’t bode well for King Edward who have to face them on Monday.
KES were on the receiving end against the other class act of the first day, East London’s Selborne College. Selborne’s forwards had the upper hand, particularly in the second half, and they were able to unleash their potent backs, outscoring KES by four tries to nil in the end.
A third Eastern Cape school, St Andrew’s of Grahamstown turned it on in style to beat Durban High School 31-15 earlier in the day. DHS got two early tries to lead 10-0 at one stage, but St Andrew’s took control in the second half and were convincing winners in the end.
Dale College came close to producing the shock of the day when they came within a hair’s breadth of becoming the first team to lower Jeppe’s colours this season. They led the Joburg school 10-5 at halftime and were still ahead with time expired when Jeppe scored in the final move of the game to snatch the win.
Jeppe face Selborne in Monday’s big game, while the hosts take on KES.
Woodridge 10 Otto Du Plessis 10, Grey Unicorns 26 Ithembelihle 10, Hudson Park 39 Louis Botha 24, St Alban’s 22 Muir 17, Parktown 26 Daniel Pienaar 19, Kingswood 56 St David’s 5, Marlow 20 Graeme 5,Queen’s 21 St Stithians 17, Garsfontein 32 Nico Malan 17, St Andrew’s 31 DHS 15, Jeppe 12 Dale 10, Selborne 29 KES 3, Grey High 38 St John’s 3.