Two breakaway tries by winger Manjano Madiba saw St John’s beat Jeppe 20-14.
Jeppe had a surfeit of territory and possession but couldn’t convert that into points. St John’s outscored the visitors by two tries to one and led 9-6 at the break after an error-ridden first half.
Madiba’s second and most decisive try led to a 14-point turnaround when a mix-up occurred among the Jeppe backs on the home side’s tryline. The ball was spilled and St John’s pounced on the opportunity. They moved the ball quickly and effectively through numerous hands to their speedster, who sprinted the length of the field and scored under the uprights.
Confronted by a huge Jeppe pack, St John’s managed to soak up their opponents’ pressure, making the most of their limited possession.
St John’s coach Swys Joubert heaped praise on his team for their resilience against a very physical Jeppe side.
Flanker Ricardo Menezes and the centre pairing of Nhlanhla Tshabalala and Lincoln Koopman were the pick of the visitors’ players.