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Affies got back on the winning track with a convincing, 47-28 win over Jeppe in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Three tries in five minutes on either side of half time were the deciding plays after the sides were locked on 14-all late in the first half, with Jeppe still well in the game.
Until then, the Jeppe defence was holding up against some ferocious forward driving by the Affies pack, but once the dam broke the home side were always chasing the game.
Jeppe did have the edge in the backs and they scored a number of exciting tries, but they lost the contest for the loose ball and, although their set pieces were solid enough, they did not see enough of the ball to be a real threat.
Affies went out to a 40-14 lead halfway through the second half before Jeppe mounted something of a comeback to close it to 40-28. Affies had the last say, however, scoring the final try despite having two players off on yellow cards for the last five minutes.
Affies hooker Jacques-Lois du Toit had a big game with ball in hand, while scrumhalf Michael Van Aswegen was a bundle of energy and was rewarded with two tries.
Jeppe’s Craven Week halfbacks, Declan Raubenheimer and KabeloMokheti, both back from long injuries, were their stars.
Affies: Tries: Michael Van Aswegen (2), MJ Janse van Rensburg,Adolph Visser, Jacques-Lois du Toit (two), Bjorn Van Wyk. Conversions: Dieter Crafford (6)
Jeppe: Tries: Boitumelo Tsatsane, Jarred Hawthorne, GerathLouw, KabeloMokheti. Conversions: Declan Raubenheimer (4).
Article by: Theo Garrun