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Monday, 25 March 2013 15:37

Rugby: St.Andrews Triumph over Bishops

Saturday the 23rd March, 2013 saw the 1st XV play one of the oldest schoolboy derbies in South Africa as they ran out against Bishops from Cape Town on Lower. It was the first home match for the 1st XV and a tough assignment so close to their last encounter a narrow win over Pearson at the Graeme College Rugby Day.

St-andrewsThe 1st XV however were well and truly up for the match and hit the ground running putting the visitors under immediate pressure. After a couple of goes at the line captain Sintu Manjezi crashed over for the first score and College hit the lead 7-0. Soon after College forced Bishops to carry the ball over their goal line after a well-placed box kick from Jason Baggott. The resulting scrum allowed the team to apply more pressure before some good passing allowed Robbie Ball to crash over for College’s second try. Ryan Horne again ensured the conversion as the score stretched to 14-0. In a matter of minutes College were at it again after a stolen ball at the lineout on the Bishops line the forwards drove the ball up allowing Tyler Paul to extend the College lead to 21-0 after 20 min. Bishops however are a proud team and came back fighting for the rest of the half. At times they had the College defence stretched but it held firm as they were kept scoreless going into half time.

The second started much the same as the first, but College could not finish their opportunities as well as they had in the first and this allowed Bishops to fight their way back into the match. Bishops playing their familiar brand of fast paced rugby through the ball around and it was only due to some magnificent defence by the proud College team. Their 1st try came in somewhat fortuitous circumstances as the ball bounced in Bishops’ favour allowing the wing in under the poles. Soon after Bishops created another opportunity and were in for another converted try, the game suddenly in the balance after the great start by the College team as the score moved to 21-14 with 10 min to play. This try seemed to spur the College team back into life and after some more ferocious defence Tyler Paul received the ball in midfield and powered his way over for a brilliant try, 28-14 to College with mere minutes to play.

Bishops would add another try to create a thrilling finish to an outstanding match of schoolboy rugby. College eventually running out deserved winners 28-21. Well done to the 1st XV and to Bishops for providing such a wonderful spectacle.   

  1. Results vs. Bishops:

St Andrew’s College U14A vs. Bishops U14A lost 6 – 33

St Andrew’s College U15A vs. Bishops U15A lost 10 – 45

St Andrew’s College U16A vs. Bishops U16A lost 19 – 22

St Andrew’s College 2nd XV vs. Bishops 2nd XV won 20 – 19

St Andrew’s College 1st XV vs. Bishops 1st XV won 28 – 21 

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