Grey College claimed a 33-7 victory over Grey High in a rain-affected Premier Interschools match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
It was College’s 15th victory against High in their last 17 matches since 2000.
Playing on a field doused in mud caused by torrential rain that plagued the area before kick-off, the visitors shrewdly reverted to a forward-orientated game, while the hosts struggled to handle the conditions.
Grey College dominated territorially, but initially struggled to make their advantage count. However, following a string of penalties against Grey High, Wian Kloppers scored a brilliant solo effort. With no support around him, the College flanker caught the defence napping when he backed himself with a quick tap penalty.
Grey High remained under pressure throughout the half, but did well to keep the dominated visitors at bay. However, the pressure eventually told close to the interval when College struck a double blow through flank Juan Venter and scrumhalf Rewan Kruger for a 19-0 lead.
The hosts enjoyed more possession after the restart and had a great opportunity to reduce the deficit following a short spell of ill-discipline by College. First outside centre Janco van Heyningen was sent off for a professional foul on the ground, then College conceded another penalty for a dangerous shoulder charge off the ball.
But the College defence held firm. They turned the ball over at the breakdown and hacked the ball downfield. Right wing Henk Cilliers flew out of the blocks and outstripped the scrambling Grey High defence to score.
As the rain started to fall again, both sides’ handling error rate rose steeply and the game headed for a quiet period.
To the delight of the crowd, Grey High broke their duck in the 53rd minute, but College would have the final say when hard-working No 8 Dian Schoonees capped off the scoring.
Grey High – Try: Waqaar Solaan. Conversion: Sihle Njezula.
Grey College – Tries: Wian Kloppers, Juan Venter, Rewan Kruger, Henk Cilliers, Dian Schoonees. Conversions: Maria Vieira (4).
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