On Thursday 26 March St Andrew’s College took on Bishops from Cape Town in their annual rugby derby in Grahamstown.
The U14A, U15A, U16A and 2nd XV went up against their respective Bishops opposition and acquitted themselves well. Special mention must be made of the U16A team who recorded a memorable victory, playing some fantastic rugby in trying conditions as they ran out 50-28 winners on Lower.
The 1st XV started at a furious pace with both teams showing a willingness to run the ball and shift the opposition from side to side. The early exchanges were fairly even as the teams traded tries, but towards the end of the first half College gained the ascendency and scored some thrilling tries as fly half, Anthony Dakin, controlled the game through the closing stages of the first half. A try on the stroke of half time meant that College led 26-14 at the break.
The second half started at the same furious pace and both teams were producing a fantastic advert for schoolboy rugby. Bishops were the first to score after some sustained pressure, but College bounced back and a great solo effort from Malcolm Pringle saw College stretch their lead. Both teams were throwing everything they had to clinch it for their team and the tension on Lower was palpable as the teams set in for the final scrum.
Unfortunately it was heartbreak for the large College crowd that had gathered on Lower as Bishops snuck in for the final score to clinch the game 35-33. It was an unfortunate loss for the College team who certainly produced a performance worthy of a win.
Tries by: Grant Dixie, Angus Cook, Xolile Mdlokovana, Tom Lane, Malcolm Pringle
Conversion by: Anthony Dakin (4)
Other teams scores:
14A SAC 12 Bishops 36
15A SAC 10 Bishops36
16A SAC 50 Bishops 28
2nd XV SAC15 Bishops 19
1st XV SAC 33 Bishops 35