Month: February 2020

Swallows wins a thriller in Humansdorp

Swallows flanker Billy Dutton brushes aside a would-be defender on his way to the try line

2018 Champions Swallows beat Kruisfontein United 36-38 in a closely contested match in Humansdorp on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams started out like a house on fire as they both targeted this fixture to claim semi-final spots. However, it was the visitors that enjoyed early dominance as their heavy packed bullied the home side forwards and were rewarded with a pushover try by flanker Billy Dutton after a solid scrum from his fellow forwards for a 0-7 lead. But Kruisfontein responded with a penalty of their own by flyhalf Xavier Felix.

Swallows then stepped up a gear and really put pressure on Kruisfontein. They dominated set pieces and the point of contact which put the home side on the backfoot. During this time they added three converted tries from inside centre Somila Mantyoyi, flyhalf Simanye Ziyokwana, and Dutton completed his brace to take the score to 3-28 at the break.

The second half belonged to the homeside. They came back a totally different side and wasted no time in the second half when they scored two quick tries by flankers Greggan Glover and Christonville Human that were both converted by Felix to narrow the gap to 17-28 to swallows. Swallows responded with a try of their own to stretch the lead to 17-35 after hooker Vuyisani Mavuso scored a beautiful try for them.

Spurred on-field by their bench and off it by their passionate supporters, the home side scored 19 unanswered points through tries from reserves Jerome Brown, Dillon Cupido, Luciano Zaterdag and two conversions from Felix to take a lead of 36-35 for the first time in the match.

Swallows flyhalf Ziyokwana slotted a penalty in the last 2minutes of the match to register a narrow 36-38 win and move to the top of the group B log with one match left in the round-robin stage.

EC Super 14 Round 5 Results:
Kruisfontein 36-38 Swallows
Ncerha 28-18 PE Harlequins
Gardens 17-32 EL Police
Black Eagles 3-24 Park
Breakers 3-68 Progress
Trying Stars 18-12 Old Selbonians



Ncerha suprise Park

Ncerha Leopards scrumhalf Kwanele Mbete feeds his backline

Border side Ncerha Leopards registered an impressive away win on Saturday when they beat Park 28-27 in Port Elizabeth.

The side from Ncerha village in East London made their intentions clear earlier on when they took the game to the host and were unlucky not to register points when their speedy left wing Lukho Jongizulu was stopped  just Meyers before the whitewash.

That spurred the home side on as they put together a solid phase attack led by their big forwards resulting in a converted try by their hardworking flanker Bathandwa Cafu. But Ncerha leveled immediately with their own converted try by the impressive Jongizulu.

Both teams scored converted tries through Park flyhalf Frantz Botha and Ncerha’s Jongizulu to take the score to 14-14 at the break.

Ncerha came back a different side in the second half and used their speedy backs against struggling Park forwards, and took the lead for the first time in the match when hooker Lwando Maxeke scored under the poles for a 14-21 lead. However, Park responded with two quick tries and a drop goal  by Botha.

With about a minute and half to go, and a score sitting at 27-21 to the host, Ncerha put together a concerted attack with resulted in a try by substitute Sikhokele Buhlungu to register a narrow 27-28 win against Park.

EC Super 14 4th Round Results:
Park 27-28 Ncerha
Progress 110-0 Eagles
Old Boys 46-31 Gardens
Swallows 38-15 T/Stars
Bombers 30-11 Kruisfontein
Leopards 26-17 Breakers

Trying stars come close, but Bombers too strong!

African Bombers lock Anele Lungisa contesting a lineout with Trying Stars Duwayne Forbes

African Bombers claimed a narrow win over their host Trying Stars in their Eastern Cape Super 14 encounter on Saturday. It was an enterprising 25-22 win for the high riding visitors in Alexandria, where the weather was glorious for running rugby.

Trying Stars, playing with the experienced duo of EP flank Diego Williams and scrumhalf Kelvano King, trailed 20-12 at half-time but scored 10 unanswered points late in the second half to set up a thrilling finish before the full-time siren.

Stars started the stronger of the two and took the lead through a fifth-minute penalty by King before tries to winger Thabang Molojane and former EP flanker Dumisani Meslane gave Bombers their half-time advantage.

Bombers came out fired up for the second half and tries from No 8 Xola Caga, and lock Bongani Ngqolomne seemingly had secured the victory for visitors but Stars had other ideas as they responded with two tries of their own from fullback Lyle Julies and prop Mawethu Noqayi to set up an exciting finish in Alexandria.

“We are happy with the win and some new guys stepped up on debut this afternoon and I’m proud of their effort and how they handled the pressure and they can only get better from here,” Bomber coach Zola Coto said.

“Stars put us under serious pressure in the end and they were very good with the ball in hand, but I think we responded well and controlled the game from the onset,” added Coto.

Bombers are still on top of group A after winning all three of their matches in the competition so far, while Stars remain second last after losing both their matches so far.

Here are all super 14 scores for the third round of the competition.

EC Super 14 3rd Round Results:
Trying Stars 22-25 Bombers
Gardens 18-21 Swallows
Police 22-16 Old Selbornians
Ncerha 7-24 Progress
Harlequins 35-17 Park
Black Eagles 8-33 Young Leopards