The College Senior Rugby Sevens Tournament at Nico Malan - St Andrew's College

The College Senior Rugby Sevens Tournament at Nico Malan

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The Senior Rugby Sevens team improved on some key processes this week. It showed in the result against Daniel Pienaar who had previously been the only side to get the better of the College team at the Grey High School tournament the week before. St Andrew’s College managed to win possession from their own kick-off, spreading the defense by attacking wide with a very influential Julian Mapoore on the wing before coming back to the opposite side where Joe Wostenholm scored in the corner with a well worked overlap. This set the tone for the game as College walked away with a 29-12 victory.

The team took this positive energy into Day 2 of the tournament but unfortunately, despite a bright start against Noord-Kaap, it was the opposition who scored first and took the lead. Off the immediate kick-off, a mistake by the College team saw them suddenly 14-0 down and chasing the game. A well worked try just before half-time saw the St Andrew’s College team still trailing 14-7 at the break. The second half was a tight affair, but it was Noord-Kaap who ended the game on top, winning 19-14.

St Andrew’s College came back with a convincing performance against the PE Invitational side. This was the first time that we reached the target goal of above 65% possession, and it proved to ensure a calm and composed performance where the team got into a good rhythm securing a 38-5 win.

Having finished second in the pool it set us up for the tougher quarter-final Knock fixture where the team would face a strong and well-balanced Oakdale outfit.

The College side started well, keeping possession for the first 2 minutes with a brilliant individual break by Aphindile Ngcuka before being isolated and turned over. Oakdale who was physical and fast, scored a couple of quick tries by winning their own kick offs to put the College side on the back foot. The score was 24-0 at half time. The team put up a good fight in the second half and each side only scored a try apiece.

It was ultimately a disappointing end to the tournament for the team but showed them that they are not far off in what they are trying to achieve.

The team has learnt a great deal by being exposed to some of the best schoolboy Sevens opposition around and this will hopefully pay off next weekend when they go to the Paarl Gym Sevens tournament.