Hosts Grey ground out a 36-22 victory over a resistant Jeppe outfit on day one of the Grey High Festival on Thursday.
Jeppe, who have won just two games so far this season, struck first when No 8 Michael de Kock crossed for a converted try. But the hosts ran in three unanswered tries – scored by Uan Tait, Sihle Njezula and LJ du Preez – to take a 17-7 lead into the break.
The second half was more evenly contested as both teams added three more tries. Jeppe looked to mount a comeback, but Grey kept their score ticking over to stay ahead.
In other matches, Dale came out 33-12 victors in their Eastern Cape derby against Daniel Pienaar. Flyhalf Aphelele Fassi was Dale’s top performer with a try and four conversions.
Flyhalf Kieran Houlstan kicked two second-half penalties to hand St John’s a stunning 13-7 win over Queen’s. The teams were deadlocked at 7-7 at half-time, before Houlstan booted St John’s to victory.
Durban High School claimed a 42-24 win against Die Brandwag. DHS scored six tries to four, after holding a slender seven-point lead at the interval.
Wing Avuyile Mbece grabbed a brace as Hudson Park demolished Despatch 31-7. Hudson kept their provincial neighbours scoreless in the first half, but Despatch did at least get on the board through Raynard Classen in the second.
Parktown scored two tries in each half to defeat Muir 26-7. Outside centre Sicele Tole scored a self-converted try for Muir, who conceded four tries.
Meanwhile, Louis Botha thrashed Ithembelihle 48-8 and Pearson downed St David’s 27-13.
Grey (36) – Tries: Uan Tait, Sihle Njezula, LJ du Preez, Laken Grey, Runaldo Pedro, Gerik Rautenbach. Conversions: Njezula, Du Preez.
Jeppe (22) – Tries: Michael de Kock, Muzi Manyiki, Craig Bristow (2). Conversions: Cameron van Tonder.
Dale (33) –Tries: Siphamandla Matsinya (2), Thandile Mpangeva, Aphelele Fassi, Chumani Lucas. Conversions: Fassi (4).
Daniël Pienaar (12) – Tries: Ryan Oliphant, Morné Labuschagne. Conversions: Sashin Toring.
St John’s (13) – Try: William Davis. Conversions: Kieran Houlstan. Penalties: Houlstan (2).
Queen’s (7) –Try: Gareth Heidtmann. Conversion: Keith Kroutz.
DHS (42)– Tries:Asanda Kunene, Celempilo Gumede, Cham Zondeki, Phendulani Buthelezi, Malusi Ntuli, Asande Mnguni. Conversions: Lwandile Menze (6).
Die Brandwag (24) – Tries: Zane Barnard, Le Kleu Stokes, Elandre Smit, Chad Adams. Conversions: Adams (2).
Hudson Park (31) – Tries: Avuyile Mbece (2), Tomson Akioyame, Aphiwe Mbaru, Cole Haggard. Conversions: Jarred du Plessis (3).
Despatch (7) – Try: Raynard Claassen. Conversion: Donze Landman.
Parktown (26) – Tries: Peter Kasonga, Donel Osaugwi, Ronald Tselane, Kyle Timmerman. Conversions: Martin Cimprich.
Muir (7) – Try: Sicele Tole. Conversion: Tole.
Photo: Grey High