The St Andrew’s College 1st XV rounded off a very successful season by running out comfortable 42-22 winners against Bishops from Cape Town on Lower in Grahamstown on Saturday, in fantastic playing conditions.
College got off to the perfect start when captain Chris Poole ran an excellent line off the shoulder of flyhalf Guy Rushmere to score an unconverted try. A few minutes later, centre, Dylan Bowker scored after a good break and offload from prop Basi Malesu. The try was converted by Rushmere and St Andrew’s College found themselves up 12-0.
Bishops hit back with a penalty after an infringement by flanker Dylan Wilson. After a moment of brilliance by the Bishops flyhalf, Bishops found themselves right back in the game after a converted try, despite College dominating possession and territory. This made the scoreline 12-10, late in the first half.
Matthew Hillary then turned the game back in St Andrew’s favor. After taking a quick tap deep in his own half he ran the length of the field to score in the left corner. Rushmere could not convert but College went into the break confident with a 17-10 lead.
After the break College went further ahead after a penalty to scrumhalf Sinjin Broad. A blind side break by eighth man Miles Danckwerts, which was finished off by Danckwerts saw College stretch their lead to 25-10. The men from Cape Town were not done yet, and after a period of sustained pressure Bishops scored to narrow the gap to just eight points.
A further penalty to Broad, followed by a try to the nuggety scrumhalf after a strong tighthead scrum by the College pack ended the game as a contest, College suddenly finding themselves 35-17 up with just five minutes left on the clock. A well worked line-out move by the College pack saw Dylan Wilson score, with Broad converting, moving the score along to 42-17.
Bishops had the final say, scoring a consolation try to finish what was an entertaining and exciting game of schoolboy rugby. College centre, Dylan Bowker was outstanding on the day, along with a fired up College forward pack, who managed three tight head scrums to never allow Bishops the front foot ball they thrive on.