ST ANDREW’S held off Graeme for the second year in a row to register a 23-22 win in a schools rugby thriller at Graeme in Grahamstown at the weekend.
Down 23-17 with just minutes remaining, the Graemians crossed for a last-gasp try by lock Lungi Dube, only for a missed conversion to deny them victory.
In an evenly contested encounter, St Andrew’s led 13-10 at halftime thanks to a try by centre Ryan Horne, who also kicked three penalties and two conversions in the match for a personal tally of 18 points.
However, Graeme hit back with about 15 minutes to go with a converted try, taking the lead for the first time at 17-13.
But St Andrew’s were not done. No 8 Stuart Stopforth crossed for a try and Horne stroked over his final penalty to give them back the lead at 23-17.
The Graemians gave themselves one final chance at snatching victory with Dube’s try, only to miss out on the final hooter.
Graeme’s other tries came from flank Ethan September and wing Xanti Mbane, with Abongile Hashe kicking two conversions and a penalty.
Brandwag v Ithembelihle
BRANDWAG scored 11 unanswered tries in outclassing Ithembelihle 69-0 in their clash at Crusaders.
Flyhalf Malcolm Jaer once again had an excellent game, scoring five tries and kicking seven conversions. Wing Lezo Fortuin scored two tries, one in each half. Other try- scorers during the first half were captain and eighth man Elandre van der Merwe and prop Erich de Jager. The halftime score was 35-0.
After the break, Brandwag ran in a further six tries. The other scorers were prop Kaden Prince and fullback Nicholas Lourens.
Outeniqua v Paarl Gym
SCORING four tries to three, Paarl Gymnasium ended Outeniqua’s unbeaten run this year with a 37-25 victory in George on Saturday.
In the process, Gym retained their unbeaten record this year.
Gym led 17-11 at halftime and were not in danger of losing the match. Two tries by Outeniqua in the last 12 minutes gave the impression of a closer encounter than it really was.
The point-scorers were:
Outeniqua: tries by Leighton Eksteen 2, Duhan van der Merwe; a conversion and two penalties by Warrick Gelant
Paarl Gym: tries by Brendon Nell, Jacques Vermeulen 2, Rikus Bothma, Ryan Oosthuizen; three conversions and two penalties by Wyatt Murphy.
IN other schools matches this weekend, Marlow showed how tough they can be with a good 34-19 win over Nico Malan, while Grey High lost for the second year in a row to Wynberg in Cape Town, going down 19-15.
Selborne were outclassed in their annual derby with Grey College, going down 41-5.
Adelaide Gym 11 Port Rex 10, Brandwag 69 Ithembelihle 0, Brandwag 46 Tamsanqa 0, Gill 27, Hangklip 20, Grey College 41 Selborne 5, Hudson Park 36 Grens 10, Kingswood 50 Kirkwood 7, Marlow 34 Nico Malan 19, Ndzondelelo 22 Bertram 3, Solomon Mahlangu 20 McCarthy Street 17, St Andrew’s 23 Graeme 22, Uitenhage 12 John Walton 9, Wynberg 19 Grey High 15