LJ du Preez kicked a last-minute conversion to hand Grey High a 22-20 win against Paul Roos in their Premier Interschools clash at Philip Field in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, writes MARIETTE ADAMS.
The windy city lived up to its name with the breeze negatively affecting Du Preez and Colia Louis’ kicking off the tee. Both boys missed three attempts at goal, with only five kicks splitting the uprights.
However, Du Preez made sure the match-winning kick went over, after replacement wing Leroy Komza burrowed over to level the scores with seconds remaining.
The result stretches Grey High’s unbeaten start to the season to seven matches, making them the only Eastern Cape side yet to suffer defeat.
All the momentum was with Grey in the opening stages and they took the lead through captain Bevan Prinsloo, who scored in the right-hand corner. But the hosts were reduced to 14 players and the Maroon Machine made their numerical advantage count with tries by wing Regan van der Westhuizen and inside centre Rufus Dercksen, giving them a 10-5 half-time lead.
Du Preez narrowed the gap with a penalty early in the second half, after the visitors had been reduced to 14 for a dangerous tackle, but a 10-point haul, which included a brilliant solo try by wing Remy Engelbrecht, put the Maroon Machine 20-8 up.
Grey dominated the last 10 minutes. In the face of some very casual defending, wing Waqar Solaan went over for a converted effort to set up a tight finish.
Then in the last minute, Komza and Du Preez combined to sink the Maroon Machine.
Grey High – Tries: Bevan Prinsloo, Waqar Solaan, Leroy Komza. Conversions: LJ du Preez (2). Penalty: Du Dreez.
Paul Roos – Tries: Regan van der Westhuizen, Rufus Dercksen, Remy Engelbrecht. Conversion: Colia Louis. Penalty: Louis.
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