St Andrew’s College played their first home fixture on Saturday vs St Stithians College. The two schools have a long standing friendship and it was great to host our friends from Johannesburg in Grahamstown for a change.
The 1st XV match kicked off at a furious pace with both sides showing that they were prepared to play rugby. However as the half continued St Andrew’s College gained the upper hand and manage to run in 5 outstanding tries to build a commanding 33-7 lead. The pick of the tries being a 50m solo effort from Tim Bloem as he swerved and beat numerous would be defenders on his way to the try line.
The second half started with St Andrew’s College under early pressure as Saints started with a new fire. After an early score from the visitors it was again the turn of Tim Bloem to round off a great counter attack and score his hat trick. St Andrew’s would run in 3 more tries before the end for a well-deserved 59-24 victory.
It was a great display of running rugby from the 1st XV and it was nice to see them put all the skills that they have been working on into the match on Saturday. There were other notable performance and special mention need to be made of the 15A and 16A teams who showed great guts and fight to beat their more fancied opponents.
Tries by: Tim Bloem (3), Chris Benjamin, Sazi Sandi, Tom Stevens, Rourke Broad, Byron Sharwood (2)
Conversion by: Chris Benjamin (7)
Other teams scores:
14A SAC 0 St Stithians 55
14B SAC 5 Ntaba Maria 14A 65
15A SAC 22 St Stithians 13
16A SAC 20 St Stithians 14
16B SAC 64 Nombulelo 16A 0
4th XV SAC 36 Nombulelo 1sts 7
3rd XV SAC 61 Nyaluza 1sts 0
2nd XV SAC 22 St Stithians 5
1st XV SAC 59 St Stithians 24