#3: College wing Xolisa Guma comes up with a good run down the right to help College turn defence to attack in seconds after winning a turnover at the tackled ball.
#9: Grey wins a kickable penalty after College holds on the ground and centre Julian Jordaan kicks it. 3-0. Just reward for the attacking that Grey had done in the opening 10 minutes.
#12: Good buildup play by College with runs that sees them getting over the advantage line, cause Grey College to make a mistake. Centre Marcel Coetzee converts the penalty. 3-3.
#17: College produces outstanding quality play. Flyhalf Mac vd Linde is prominent before fullback Matt Kriel makes a linebreak and heads towards the tryline. Unfortunately for the visitors they knock-on in the redzone. Grey gets the ball back and proceeds to counterattack from very deep with ball in hand. Super draw and pass rugby results in centre Michael Andrade having a run down the right before linking up with wing Jacques Grobler who rounds off the move with a try. End to end stuff. Brilliant. Grey leads 8-3.
#24: Grey are starting to look very comfortable and dangerous as they make tight short passes stick while continuing to generate go forward. The waves of attacking runs disorganises the College defence and when flank Henry Slabbert picks a good angle of attack, he breaches by getting through a few weak tackle attempts to score. Jordaan converts. 15-3.
#27: Grey backs attack with conviction via a set move. Fullback Henry Immelman is put in space and tackled on halfway where Grey give away a penalty. The long shot at posts is missed by Coetzee.
#29: College are coming up with useful attacks of their own and finding favour down the left. Nevertheless it’s when Grey ups the tempo that College’s defence is stretched a lot more than College are able to do to Grey. Jordaan kicks another penalty. 18-3 to Grey.
#33: Mac van der Linde has a good dart down right but gets forced out inside the Grey 22m. Matt Kriel then attacks an unguarded channel and makes ground once again. He makes a good offload to hooker Masikane Mazwi on the right who is also forced out. College ends the half with a third promising attack. The visitors show good endeavour but don’t have many points to show for all the initiative shown.
Halftime Grey College 18 – 3 Maritzburg College
#37: Try for Grey’s Callie Janse van Rensburg playing hooker on the day in spite of wearing the no.1 jersey. Its the end result of more clinical play by Grey who used a good maul from a lineout to first suck in defenders before a delayed pass put Callie into space near the line. Jordaan converts. 25-3.
#38 Grey wings Grobler and Glenn Erickson combine and almost get in for another try. A forward pass call ends the blitz attack.
#44: More end to end stuff. First College’s No.8 Daryn Goodson links with flank Renard le Roux to get far beyond the advantage line. College go wide and replacement Brandon Holder has a very strong run down the right but near the line his offload is weak and to nobody. Grey turns over and Immelman counters with support. A forward pass denies Grey rewards again.
#48: College are not lying down. They show tremendous fighting spirit. Another attack eventually sees Mazwi crashing over in the left corner after his short lineout throw to the front and an interchange with prop Tiaan Steyn, 25-8.
#53: College wing Watson intercepts a flowing line move by Grey. He does well to hold the ball up for support to arrive and Grey errs at the ruck on their 22m line. College sets up a lineout near the tryline from the penalty. The lineout goes wrong. Grey gets a scrum but a tighthead results in Goodson picking the ball up at the base and as quick as flash he is over for the try. Coetzee converts. 25-15.
#55: Holder has another very good run with ball in hand but for the second time his pass is awful and the momentum is lost.
#56: An excellent carry by Grey no.8 Alex Jonker after a lineout is the go-forward for the next try. Jonker’s leg drive strength is impressive and the quickball resulting from his carry is put to good use. Neat passing sees Immelman who joins the line cruising in for the try which Jordaan converts. 32-15.
#60: Grey refuses to take their foot off the throttle. They stop College well inside their own half, resulting in a turnover scrum. They then pound on the pressure winning a couple of penalties, the second of which scrumhalf Dian Badenhorst, flyhalf Dwayne Wessels and replacement forward Tabo Maree all contribute to, to make the try scored by Maree. Its again converted by Jordaan. 39-15.
#64 The Red Black and White courage is evident. They come back with a try of their own, all the product of positive play. Its an attacking lineout that leads to a rolling maul moving towards the Grey line. Once it becomes static Renard le Roux breaks off the side and scores. 39-20.
#70: A last wave of Grey attack bears fruit. Grey unselfishly shift the ball out wide from a penalty near the College line. Callie Janse van Vuuren is on hand to crash over in the left corner. His second try. Jordaan has kicked very well on the day and rounds off a fine kicking performance by landing the difficult conversion. 46-20.
Fulltime: Grey College 46 – 20 Mairtzburg College.
What a high tempo match!
The high workrate Grey College flank Henry Slabbert (also lineout thrower on the day) is the player of the match.
|GREY COLLEGE||MARITZBURG COLLEGE|
|1||Callie Jv Vuuren||1||Tiaan Steyn|
|2||Ruben Terblanche||2||Masikane Mazwi|
|3||Janu Botha||3||Disi Dlamini|
|4||Ruben Schoeman||4||Brett Smith|
|5||Kassel Rothman||5||Wian Jacobs|
|6||Henry Slabbert||6||Hayden Tharratt|
|7||Werner Robberts||7||Renard Le Roux|
|8||Alex Jonker (k)||8||Daryn Goodson|
|9||Dian Badenhorst||9||Matt Seba|
|10||Dwayne Wessels||10||Mac vd Linde|
|11||Jacques Grobler||11||Byron Watson|
|12||Mike Andrade||12||Jordan Koekemoer|
|13||Julian Jordaan||13||Marcel Coetsee|
|14||Glenn Erikson||14||Xolisa Guma|
|15||Henry Immelman||15||Matt Kriel|
|16||Milan du Toit||16|