Grey College beat Affies 53-29 in their Classic Clash in Pretoria on Saturday, writes TYRONE ENGEL.
Four tries saw the visitors lead 29-17 at the break, and they would cross the line another three times in the second half to secure the win.
Grey suffered an early setback when flyhalf Christopher Schreuder left the field injured and was replaced by Jaco Wessels.
The visitors opened the scoring through scrumhalf Rewan Kruger, who went over after a brilliant break by centre Janco van Heyningen. Centre Rikus Pretorius added the extras.
Affies flyhalf Ruan de Swardt put his side on the scoreboard with a penalty goal two minutes later, but Pretorius slotted a penalty to restore his side’s seven-point lead.
Grey College then ran in three converted tries through wing Henk Cilliers, lock Jaco van Tonder and centre Janco van Heyningen, while Affies ran in two of their own through hooker and captain Schalk Erasmus and De Swardt before the break.
The visitors drew first blood in the second half through a brilliant individual try from wing Marnus Boshoff, with Pretorius kicking the conversion.
Affies hit back with a converted try from wing Christiaan Strydom, but Pretorius then scored Grey College’s sixth try after sustained pressure in the 51st minute. He converted to put the visitors 19 points ahead.
Pretorius kicked a penalty goal in the 65th minute to all but seal the victory.
Affies hit back with a converted try through centre Louritz van der Schyff, who powered his way over the line, but a 70m intercept try after the hooter by Boshoff completed an emphatic victory for Grey College.
In Saturday’s Premier Interschools match in Johannesburg, KES and Maritzburg College played to 32-32 draw.
Maritzburg came back from an early 10-point deficit to take a 15-10 lead at half-time.
Neither side was able to break away in the second half and had to settle for the draw.
Gauteng results (7 May):
Jeppe 45 Westville 14
Affies 29 Grey College 53
St John’s 23 Pretoria Boys’ 18
Parktown Boys’ 34 St Stithians 7
Vryburg 47 Schoonspruit (Klerksdorp) 13
Zwartkop 26 Wonderboom 21
Alberton 17 Linden 14
KES 32 Maritzburg 32
Free State results (7 May):
Jim Fouche 7 Marlow 8
Afrikaans Hoërskool Kroonstad 33 Welkom Gym 12
Hentie Cilliers 22 Bethlehem Voortrekker 28
Photo: Louis van Niekerk