Wynberg, Boland Landbou, Paarl Gym, Grey High and SACS claimed victories at the 19th Cape Schools Week on Saturday.
Wynberg continued their golden run with a 28-3 drubbing of a hapless Queen’s College side. Wynberg No 8 Ryan Lok led from the front and was rewarded with a try.
Boland Landbou defeated a gallant Dale College outfit 30-18, after leading 20-12 at the break. Flyhalf Tiaan Radyn scored four tries, while scrumhalf Neil Tredoux was dangerous around the fringes. For the King William’s Town side, No 8 Lubabalo Mtembu was outstanding in all facets and has a big future ahead of him.
Paarl Gym then claimed a hard-fought 18-14 win against Selborne College, who suffered only their second defeat of the season. The Paarl side had to defend manfully at the death on their own tryline to keep Selborne at bay. Gimmies flyhalf Lance Ruthford controlled proceedings well with the boot and contributed 13 points via a try, a conversion and two penalties. Selborne pivot Dale Sabbagh mixed his play up intelligently but it wasn’t enough to win the game.
In the main match, Grey High from Port Elizabeth recorded a 27-21 win over Rondebosch in an entertaining game.
Grey started like men possessed and took an early lead through a penalty from flyhalf Luke Daniel. Bosch hit back with a well-worked try from winger Cameron Wright, who danced past three defenders to score in the corner. The conversion was wide.
From the restart, a wicked bounce from a clever box kick by Rondebosch scrumhalf Steven Wallace saw the ball fall into flyhalf Chris Keet’s hands and he sprinted 20m to dot down for a try. Fullback Scott van Breda added the conversion to give Bosch a 12-3 lead. However, Grey stormed back and flanker Charl du Plessis crossed to score and narrow the deficient to 12-8 going into the break.
Grey found some rhythm in the second half and changed their tactics, moving the ball from side to side and caught their opposition ball watching on numerous occasions. Diminutive left winger Phaphama Hoyi grabbed the first of his two tries when he scampered over after some neat skills from the Grey three-quarters. Daniel nailed the touchline conversion to give Grey a 15-12 lead, but Van Breda then kicked a penalty to level the scores.
Hoyi then scored his second try of the afternoon, but Bosch dominated play for the next 10 minutes through their pack, with replacement lock Kiernan Rabie excelling. Van Breda kicked two more well-struck penalties to give Bosch a one-point lead with five minutes left to play.
Grey, to their credit, kept their composure and from the ensuing kick-off they poached the ball and impressive flanker Johan Nell crashed over for the match-winning try. There was nearly a twist in the game when Bosch created an overlap in the last move, but selfish play saw the opportunity squandered.
‘I’m happy with the effort from our boys considering we had nine changes from last weekend, but it’s another close game that has not gone our way and indiscipline cost us in the end,’ Rondebosch head coach Sean Friedenthal told keo.co.za.
In the final game of the day, SACS produced their best performance of 2009 by thrashing Muir College from Uitenhage 50-15, scoring eight tries to three. Wingers Chris Roberts and Zaid Dames both scored a brace as the hosts of the Week played some entertaining rugby. SACS flyhalf Matthew Mohle kicked magnificently and contributed 10 points.
Monday 29 June
09:00 Rondebosch vs Selborne
10:30 SACS vs Dale
12:00 Paarl Gym vs Muir
14:00 Boland Landbou vs Queen’s
15:30 Wynberg vs Grey
Wednesday 1 July
09:00 Boland Landbou vs Selborne
10:30 Paarl Gym vs Grey
12:00 Rondebosch vs Muir
14:00 Wynberg vs Dale
15:30 SACS vs Queen’s
Cape Schools Week
Wynberg 28 Queen’s 3
Boland Landbou 30 Dale 18
Paarl Gym 18 Selborne 14
Grey High 27 Rondebosch 21
SACS 50 Muir 15
Swartland 18 Nico Malan 3
Bredasdorp 27 Albert Myburgh 8
Vredenburg 16 Nico Malan 44
SWD 51 Boland 7
By Gareth Wright