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RUGBY: St Andrew’s College vs Nico Malan

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RUGBY: St Andrew’s College vs Nico Malan

On Saturday, the rugby season began with a well-contested fixture against Nico Malan from Humansdorp. For the first fixture of the season, our teams produced some good performances all round. I do not doubt that we will continue to grow as the season progresses.

Although we struggled in the junior age groups due to a lack of preparation, the seniors did well with the 4th XV winning 22-5, the 3rd XV having a narrow loss 0-7, the 2nd XV drawing 12 all and the 1st XV winning 24-21.

The 1st XV encounter was high-paced and was very entertaining to watch. The College team started well and showed their intent early, the team played with courage and were willing to express themselves on attack while defending well. It took a while for Joe Wostenholm to break the deadlock with a well-read interception which was a reward for some exciting rugby, Thato Machaba got over the line shortly after with a well-worked try and both were converted by Scott Miles. Nico Malan was not going to lie down and managed a converted try just before halftime to add to a line-out maul try earlier in the half.

The second half produced some more exciting rugby and College was first to score with a penalty by Scott Miles followed by a well-worked move off a line-out that saw Philipp Maske dot down for College’s 3rd try, also converted by Miles. College led 24-14 with 10 minutes to go when Nico Malan began to throw everything at the home team, they were rewarded for their efforts scoring a converted try with 6 minutes remaining. To say the last few minutes was exciting would be an understatement and the College boys showed incredible discipline and determination to hold on for the win.

I would like to commend all the boys who played on Saturday, we have a long season ahead of us and I have no doubt we will see some fantastic rugby being played. Thanks must go to the coaches and support staff who made it all possible. I would also like to thank Mr Roodt, Chris Jarvis and Oliver Lamb for piping the 1st XV onto the field, and the College boys for their support. It makes the home games truly memorable.

Mr Jonny Mallett