Match report: Grey High beats Selborne 20-18

#2: Selborne go off their feet at a ruck and Garrick Mattheus, Grey’s flyhalf comes close with a long wind assisted kick at goal.
Selborne then takes the ball through an impressive 9 phases but don’t make any inroads before an unforced error ends the continuity.
#8: Grey wins a side entry penalty after a lineout. The lineout was set up as a result of a penalty won at the breakdown by hooker Robin Stevens. However Mattheus misses the angled shot at goal.
#12: Selborne come by with the best attack of the match when no.8 Jason Steyn carries meaningfully down the right touch line before offloading to the inside, from where the attack gets into the Grey 22m area. Lock Robert Lyons is also prominent in the attack. The ref calls play back for a penalty to Selborne. With  the help of the upright, flyhalf Morgan Steyn converts to put the home team 3-0 up.
#13: Mattheus feels a measure of relief when he lands his first penalty after Selborne do not release the tackler. 3-3.
#16: The left-footed Mattheus’s influence on the game becomes apparent when he first hoists an excellent up-and-under into the Selborne 22m. An error by the hosts hands possession back to Grey by way of a scrum and from the loose play that follows, its Mattheus who succeeds with a snap drop-goal for Grey to lead 6-3.
Selborne are conceding many penalties in a game that is so far dominated by the whistle of Lusanda Jam the referee.
The match offers much but continuity is hindered by handling errors and other mistakes at the breakdown.
#27: Very good team play by Grey leads to the opening try by lock Michael de Marco. Several players are involved in the build up which starts when Mattheus spots space in behind the D-line, so kicks into it, chases and forces a handing error by Selborne at the back. Mattheus recovers the ball and then good passing in tight spaces and well worked angles of attack sees the try scored on the right. Mattheus converts. 13-3 to Grey.
#30: Selborne hits back straight from the kickoff and almost score a try when centre Jacinto da Silva is stopped on the tryline. A penalty ensues and Morgan Steyn reduces the lead to 6-13 to Grey.
Halftime Grey PE 13 – 6 Selborne. Selborne ends the half playing the more enterprising rugby and with a strongish wind behind them to come, they will look to dominate the second half.
#36: A Grey mistake at the kickoff setpiece hands ball back to Selborne. They carry well and are eventually held up in a use it or lose it near the tryline of Grey.
#40: Selborne attacks with meaning. They use the width where Jason Steyn comes up with a big carry. Then they come back infield and win a penalty under the sticks. Tap and go is the decision. Flank Heinrich Nieuwenhuizen rips the ball from a teammate who made the initial charge at the line and his speed of execution and determination are too hard to counter as he crashes over for Selborne’s first try. 11-13.
#51: Grey has a kickable penalty from a side entry but set up a lineout 5m out from the Selborne tryline instead. A clean take and good momentum in the drive sees Grey get over the line but the ref awards a 5m scrum to Grey and not the try. Grey goes the battering ram route with patient pop and drive bashes at the line. The Selborne defence holds strong and the home team gets a turnover from a knock on after a few phases.
#55: The pressure is not over. Grey come up with a big shove in the scrum. Untidy ball shoots out the back catching the Selborne replacement scrumhalf Sibahle Dunjana unawares. His opposite number halfback Brody van Goevreden pounces and scores a crucial try for Grey, which Mattheus converts. 20-11. A two score game.
#63: A host of 50:50 passes results in several turnovers both ways and eventually sees Selborne extracting the advantage as they get to set up a lineout inside the Grey 22m. They concede possession at the lineout but win it back at the scrum fed by Grey. The pressure tells as Grey give away a penalty at the breakdown. Selborne taps and goes and finds width with slick passing that seeing right wing Tristan Coetzer getting over in the right corner. Morgan Steyn converts to leave it  at 20-18 in Grey’s favour.
#69: Selborne needs to throw caution to the wind. They run the ball well and the move is characterised by a splendid inside pass by David Brits to his centre partner Jacinto da Silva. In the background a charge off the ball earns Selborne a long range penalty and a chance to win the game. Morgan Steyn’s kick misses left. Grey drop in and kicks the ball long. But it’s not the end. Selborne comes up with a clean linebreak that sees Jason Steyn carry the ball well into the Grey half with support arriving quickly from both sides. His decision to pass over the top to the right is the wrong one. The pass is intercepted by Grey hero Garrick Mattheus, who hoofs it downfield.
Selborne make another attempt to attack from deep but they are contained this time. Unable to spark anything, they lose the ball and Grey get the ball off the park in a hurry to record the 20-18 away win.
Final score Grey 20 – 18 Selborne.

1 Cole van Tonder 1 Matthew Howes
2 Tango Balikile (c) 2 Robin Stevens
3 Daniel Voigt 3 Dylan Barendse
4 Daniel Froneman 4 Michael de Marco
5 Robert Lyons 5 Karwa Dilima
6 Adrian Greig 6 Johann van Niekerk (c)
7 Heinrich Nieuwenhuizen 7 Josh Mudrovcic
8 Jason Steyn 8 Matthew Lawson
9 Joshua Allderman 9 Brody van Goevreden
10 Morgan Steyn 10 Garrick Mattheus
11 Michael Botha 11 Dylan Vermaak
12 David Brits 12 Jeremy Ward (vc)
13 Jacinto Da Silva (vc) 13 Athi Mayinje
14 Tristian Coetzee 14 Mohammed Connelly
15 Liam McLoughlin 15 Sihle Njezula


  1. So far Selborne won 14a, U15a, seconds are leading u13a are leading, grey won u16a, 4ths and 3rds

  2. Grey were full value today.Something a number of us need to learn is that the team picked on the day is the first team.Missing 3 stars and pulling off a win against a solid Selborne team is commendable.I don’t think I can ever regard those excuses as valid.

    I wish Asanda Jam had let the game flow a bit more.

    Had there been another 10 minutes in the game,Selborne would have taken it.Their backline clicked when it was too late.Fair result,well done to both teams.Congrats to Grey

  3. As a spectacle it disappointed with poor handling by both teams.

    Selborne certainly looked to have the upper-hand towards the last quarter of the game and played the most rugby, but a good, ugly win for Grey.

  4. Well played Grey,you were the better side.Your guys play, at the ruck and mauls had us buggared,not only in the firsts game,throughout all age groups,fetchers were out of this world.Selboure have lacked in this department the whole year,Mark Andrews tried to help us at the break downs,it got better just before the June holidays but sadly we just went back to our bad habits again after the holidays.I heard against Dale we only had 10 min worth of ball,we won all our lineouts and scrums so where did we loose our ball???? against QC the same.Our players do not know how to protect the ball in contact or as they hit the ground ,we often use the wrong technique to clear players out,but as the season progresses we don’t seem to improve these skills.Selborne receiving of kickoffs has been shocking,we got the wrong player receiving the kick and he stands in the spot were most of the kicks go :oops: :oops: in the lineouts he is unmatched,horses for courses,it’s not like in the old days were the lock must receive the kick, at the sharks the centers receive most of the kicks.Very frustrating to sit and watch the same mistakes for 12 years.


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