A very determined Queens College rugby club arrived in Grahamstown to avenge last year’s losses. They were rewarded for this determination with wins over St Andrew’s College’s U14s, U15As and a narrow two point victory over the SAC U16As.
St Andrew’s managed to bounce back with solid wins from the U15 B and Cs, U16 Cs and another fine performance from the U16 B team winning 36 -17, taking the Roosters to an impressive 11 wins from 12 games.
The seniors took control of the day with big wins for the Fifths, Fourths, Thirds and a narrow win for the Seconds. Some of the highlights of the day were the win from the U15 Cs, Murray Wilsons 20 points for the First team, the 1 point win for the U15 Bs, the excellent spirit rekindled in the ‘wit kouse’ 5th team, and the 1st XV finishing their last game on Lower Field with all their grade 12s.
The St Andrew’s First team got back to winning ways in convincing fashion with a 57-19 win against Queens College.
Matthew Hillary opened the scoring for SAC after good continuity from the whole team and a good break by flyhalf Guy Rushmere. A try to fullback Ryan Ford, which was converted by Wilson, took St Andrew’s into an early 14-0 lead.
Queens did not back down, however, and scored a try of their own after good handling and pace by their back line to narrow the deficit to 14-5. A penalty to Wilson extended the lead to 17-5 before the St Andrew’s hooker, Chris Poole, stormed down the touchline to score and see SAC 24-5 in front. Queens again hit back and half time saw the game in the balance at 24-12.
St Andrew’s were not going to be denied a victory in their last home fixture of the season however and further tries to Poole, Wilson, Basi Malesu, Anthony More and Charlie Fleming saw the home side dominate proceedings and end up comfortable winners.
St Andrew’s College 1sts 57 – 19 Queens College
St Andrew’s 2nds 24 -17 Queens
St Andrew’s 3rds 47 – 5 Queens
St Andrew’s 4ths 47 – 0 Queens
St Andrew’s 5ths 42 – 0 Queens
St Andrew’s U16A 24 – 26 Queens
St Andrew’s U16B 36 – 17 Queens
St Andrew’s U16C 29 – 19 Queens
St Andrew’s U15A 10 – 29 Queens
St Andrew’s U15B 22 – 21 Queens
St Andrew’s U15C 21 – 20 Queens
St Andrew’s U14A 15 – 24 Queens
St Andrew’s U14B 10 – 27 Queens