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Rugby: St Andrew’s vs Grey High

This last weekend the Rugby Club travelled to Gqeberha for the annual derby against Grey High. This is a real test for the rugby club.

The U14 age group struggled to keep up with the opposition and had a long day. This wasn’t helped by the number of boys on the off-sport list. Some of the B players made the most of their opportunities and showed the coaches that they have the character and bravery to stand up when needed and not only during the easier challenges.

The U15A went down 17-7. The boys had a good solid game and were in it all the way to the end. The Bs and Cs took big scores but learnt even greater lessons. The U16As were also close but eventually lost 17-8. There were some good performances from Coel Trollip, William Beamish, Oliver Johns and particularly Matthew Harvey, who put them under pressure the whole game.

The seniors stepped up well. The 6th team was excellent and came away with a well-earned win. The 5ths, 4ths and 3rds all went down narrowly. These games were all close and the boys all felt they could have won their matches. Special mention for Reece Mwami who epitomises the character we want from all our players, and an example of a player who has kept on fighting in order to improve.

The 2nds and 1st XV had to deal with some messy conditions. Both our top teams will look back at this day and believe they could have done better. Grey High managed the rain and the mud far better than College did. Neither the 2nd or the 1st XV gave up and continued trying to the end. Final results were 21-0 and 19–0 respectively. Well done to Grey for handling the conditions better.

The school can be proud of the overall effort and apart from the occasional junior games, most games were close affairs. Thanks to the boys who watched all this in the rain using their blazers as shields from the PE weather. Again – you carried on singing and supporting up till the end.

Keep on keeping on.

Mr Andy Royle