On Saturday 15 July St Andrew’s College rugby hosted Oakham School from England. Oakham are here in South Africa on a school tour with their U15s and two senior teams. It was a great day of rugby and it is always enjoyable hosting international teams.
The St Andrew’s U15As started the fixture with a hard 38 -36 win. The Oakham U15s had the physical edge and at one stage it looked like they were going to get a famous away victory. The St Andrew’s boys fought well and used their lineout as a weapon. The game went down to the very end and both teams pushed all the way.
St Andrew’s 4ths took on Oakham 2nd XV. This game was also a tight affair with College coming away with a close 19 -12 win. The Thistles (Stayers) played against Oakham 1st XV. The concept of playing a combination team against touring teams always works well and gives opportunities for younger players to show what they can do, this game didn’t disappoint. Oakham came out strong and were up 15 – 14 at halftime. The St Andrew’s boys rallied together and played a faster game in the 2nd half. The introduction of a couple of U16 boys also helped the energy levels, with College pulling away towards the end. The final score was 55 – 22 for St Andrew’s College.
Well done to all the boys and staff, and a big thank you to Oakham for joining us for the day.