Flyhalf Aphelele Fassi contributed 23 points as Dale held on for a nervy 28-27 win against rivals Grey College at the Graveyard.
With little under three minutes remaining and a 25-22 scoreline in Dale’s favour, fullback Sihle Njezula scored a try that put Grey in the lead for the first time. The visitors looked to have clinched a famous late win, but after the referee ruled there was still time for a restart, Dale won a penalty and Fassi stepped up to convert it to three match-winning points for the hosts.
Earlier, Grey had made the better start of the two teams, but Dale absorbed all the pressure before striking the first blow. A 13-point haul by Fassi, via a self-converted try and two penalties, together with a try by his teammate Makabongwe Dlepu saw Dale take an 18-10 lead into half-time.
That advantage was extended to 25-10 after the restart, when Fassi scored a brilliant individual try and his second of the day.
Then came the shift in momentum. Grey, who had been playing second fiddle for the best part of the game, scored 17 unanswered points to edge ahead for the first time.
But such was the confidence of Dale and in particular Fassi, that when a long-range penalty came their way they immediately opted for the kick at goal, which proved to be Grey’s undoing.
Dale College – Tries: Apelele Fassi (2), Makabongwe Dlepu. Conversions: Fassi (2). Penalties: Fassi (3).
Grey High – Tries: Ruan Jonker (2), Waqar Solaan, Philip Weyer-Henderson, Sihle Njezula. Conversion: Njezula.
Photo: Dale College