On Saturday we hosted a motivated Grey High School rugby side. They came with a good reputation and that showed throughout the day.
Our U14As put up an impressive display narrowly going down 22-27, while our Bs and Cs took high scores. The U15 age group were always in for a long day and the lost all three games. The U16A fought well and went down in a closely contested game 8-18. The Bs and Cs managed to fight a little harder but also lost.
The 6th and 5th teams struggled to get going and the lack of games hurt them in their losses. From here however the tide seemed to turn. The 4ths put in a fine display to win 55-5 with the team being led well by Monsty (James Ovendale). The 3rds tried hard but lost in a competitive game 10-24.
The Wild Dogs (2nds) managed an outstanding 3 days with a win over Grey (first in 12 years) 22-8 and then on Monday filled in as a first team and beat Clifton 1st team 17-0. All the boys played well, but there was one player who stood head and shoulders above the rest, and that was Nic Rogan, he is a fine example of the character needed when times are tough.
The 1st XV had a tough game on Saturday against a Grey team who were determined not to lose for a third year. Grey had a better first half and were up 12-3. The St Andrew’s College team composed themselves and had a much better second half and were up 17-12. Grey then scored to tie the game 17-17. That’s how the game finished, with both teams giving it their all.
The College 1st XV played Hilton on Monday evening at the Kingswood festival and managed a solid 43-27 win with some excellent rugby displayed by College. They had an early morning challenge today and having just finished tests the boys ran out 30 minutes later against a keen Kearsney College. The boys struggled to get going and were down 7-0 at half time. Big credit to the conditioning of the boys as they managed to get up again and score 22 points unanswered in the second half. Final score 22-7
Well done to all the players. The grit and determination from all the teams has been inspiring.