Framesby Snatch Last-minute Draw
Welkom Gimnasium vs Framesby, 25-25
The second game of Kiearsney Easte4rn Rugby Festival saw two powerhouses, Framesby from Port Elizabeth against Welkom Gimnasium in their second year at the festival.
Framesby were quickly on the scoreboard following pace by Cadan-Wade Finnis down the right flank for a 5-0 lead in the 90th second of the game.
Welkom opened their score with a penalty by flyhalf Bennie Human. Welkom forwards began having the better of exchanges which led to hooker Martley Bayman diving over for their first try.
Pressure continued by the Free Staters and their lead increased to 11-5 when fullback Marchall Andrews converted. Framesby flyhalf Jaundré Liebenberg reciprocated to reduce the lead to 11-8.
Centre Keith van Aswegen scored two tries minutes apart, both converted by Andrews, to take Welkom into a healthy 25-8 lead at half-time.
Framesby came out in the second half, moving the ball in trying to tire the heavy Welkom forwards. They were rewarded with two tries in the first 20 minutes of the half, to reduce the deficit to 18-25, as neither was converted. The first went to hooker William Moffat after some forward interplay and the second where Moffat was stopped just short, but wing Tiaan Smith was on hand to dot down.
A tense and exciting finish saw flank Ruan du Preez going over for Framesby with just 30 seconds remaining. The try was converted by Liebenberg to tie the second game 25-25.
For Welkom Gimnasium:
Tries: Martley Bayman, Keith van Aswegen 2
Cons: Marchall Andrews 2
Pens: Bennie Human, Marchall Andrews
Tries: Cadan-Wade Finnis, William Moffatt, Tiaan Smith, Ruan du Preez
Con: Jaundré Liebenberg
Pen: Jaundré Liebenberg
Day 1: Thursday, 18 April 2019
Pretoria Boys High vs Kearsney, 27-11
Framesby vs Welkom Gimnasium, 25-25
Selborne vs Noord-Kaap, 29-10
HTS Middelburg vs HTS Drostdy
Glenwood vs Dr EG Jansen
DHS vs Transvalia