Grey High School (PE) vs Hoërskool Outeniqua Match Report 4 May 2013

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Grey High School (PE) 15 vs Hoërskool Outeniqua 48

This was an opportunity for the Eastern Cape side to show their metal as they were up against one of the country’s top schools.

Much has been spoken about Grey and the good team they have this year and this would test how good they can be.

The early morning drizzle had faded and because of the U16 match before hand the field had been mopped up quite a lot. With the weather much colder then Thursday it was better playing conditions all round.

You could sense the determination and want displayed by the Grey team as they did their jig in the middle before the game.

From the kick off Outeniqua started with a flourish and crossed over the line just on the 5 minute mark.

Eksteen crossed the line with what looked like a gifted try. Grey suddenly started to play with gusto and crossed the Outeniqua Line almost immediately with a converted try by Dellavechia to level the scores on 7-7.

This was an exciting reply by Grey who looked to be getting their stride. Unfortunately the back 3 were caught out of position on defence and Zandberg crossed the line to keep Outeniqua’s nose in front.

Just after the first quarter Grey won a penalty and Richard Bryant slotted the kick to keep in sight of the boys from George. With the score at 12-10 Outeniqua started to turn the screws.

The kingpin of the kwaggas backline started to spot the holes that the Grey back 3 left gaping and sent van der merwe and Gelant over the try line in quick succession to take them into the break with a 22-10 lead.

In the 2nd minute of the second half after a great phase of running rugby, Richard Bryant crossed the line to make it 22-15. After a 10 minute period of some scrappy play the Outeniqua captain, Geor Malan broke through the grey defence to score a converted try, 29-15.

This was the start of Greys undoing. Outeniquas forwards started to win more ball and created even more chances for their backline to attack the flailing Grey defence. Two minutes later the Captain scored again.

The only suspicious play was when Marne Botha scored from a double movement when he crawled across the line to score Outeniquas 8th try which was converted by Eksteen.

Four minutes before the final whistle Duhan van der Merwe crossed the line for his second try.

After a promising start for a good match up, the Outeniqua boys really gave a stunning example of how to capitalise on basic errors from the opposition.

With Greys back three not hanging back they created large spaces and paid dearly.

A great game for the Saturday spectator to watch.

Final score 48-15

[Edited & Photos by Kenny Erler]

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