Dale College scored a late try to beat Grey High 26-21 at Philip Field on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
The hosts led 21-19 with four minutes remaining, but Dale found a way through Grey’s stern defence to secure their ninth consecutive victory and prove they are the No 1 team in the Eastern Cape.
As expected, this was a closely contested derby between the province’s two best teams this season with momentum swinging one way then the other. Grey started off brilliantly and crossed for a converted try in the fifth minute before Dale narrowed the gap to two with an unconverted try midway through the first half.
The visitors began to dominate territorially, but failed to convert it into points until the final minute of the half when they broke through for a 12-7 lead at the break.
Much like the first half, Grey made a bright start in the second stanza and quickly found themselves 21-12 up thanks to two unanswered scores that had the Philip Field crowd celebrating.
Dale looked unsettled as the match progressed, but found their second wind in the final 10 minutes to leave the hosts reeling.
Coach Grant Griffiths’ men moved to within two points with a well-constructed 61st-minute try before striking the final blow in the 66th minute to complete a dramatic come-from-behind victory over their closest rivals.
In other matches across the Eastern Cape, St Andrew’s thumped Queen’s 31-23, Die Brandwag stunned Framesby 22-21, Stirling slumped to a 46-10 defeat against Kingswood, Pearson beat Otto du Plessis 29-17 and Selborne whitewashed Port Rex 109-0.
Eastern Cape schools results (4 June):
Grey High 21 Dale 26
St Andrew’s 31 Queen’s 23
Framesby 21 Die Brandwag (Uitenhage) 22
Stirling 10 Kingswood 46
Pearson 29 Otto du Plessis 17
Selborne 109 Port Rex 10
Photo: Dale College