ST ANDREW’S kept their unbeaten run this year intact when they hit back in the second half to defeat Brandwag 19-18 in their schools rugby encounter in Uitenhage at the weekend.
Brandwag looked in control during the first half, scoring two tries via fullback Nicholas Lourens and a penalty by Malcolm Jaer to lead 15-0 at the break.
But St Andrew’s came back strongly in the second half, with inside centre Ryan Horne, flyhalf Ethan Fortuin and fullback Courtney Archer crossing for tries. Horne added two conversions.
Jaer succeeded with another penalty for Brandwag to make the score 19-18 to St Andrew’s with 10 minutes to play. Brandwag continued to attack, but St Andrew’s showed ferocious defence to keep them at bay.
The home side were awarded a penalty after the hooter had gone, but Jaer’s kick landed just short.
THERE were mixed fortunes for Eastern Province schools Grey High and Framesby who took part in the Wildeklawer tournament at Maritzburg College, which started on Thursday.
Grey made an excellent start to the tournament when they defeated Northern Cape side Diamantveld 51-10 on the opening day. The Grey side ran in nine tries with two each from Dylan Vermaak and Johan van Niekerk , while the rest came from CJ Velleman, Junior Pokomela, Jeremy Ward, Keanu Vers and Linley Kritzinger.
However, the Port Elizabeth team more than met their match when they clashed with South Western Districts team Outeniqua on Saturday, being trounced 48-15. Outeniqua are rated one of the top schools teams in the country this year, with a win over the Grey College side, although they did lose to Paarl Gymnasium the previous weekend.
Framesby had a tough start to the tournament and were beaten 41-21 by Affies in their opening match, but redeemed themselves with a 16-16 draw against the competitive Maritzburg College in their second game.
The big Eastern Cape showdown in East London between Queen’s and Selborne was called off because of a water-logged field.
In other results, Ithembelihle gave themselves a boost with a solid 43-5 win over Uitenhage High, while Humansdorp proved their worth by beating Ndzondelelo 20-6.
Marlow had a close 22-21 win over Jim Fouche.
The Eastern Cape results were: Affies 41 Framesby 21, Cillie 23 Andrew Rabie 23, Dale 46 Stirling 12, Gill 35 Kirkwood 17, Grey High 51 Diamantveld 10, Humansdorp 20 Ndzondelelo 6, Ithembelihle 43 Uitenhage High 5, Maritzburg College 16 Framesby 16, Marlow 22 Jim Fouché 21, Newton 21 DF Malherbe 17, Nico Malan 26 Despatch 10, Otto du Plessis 54 John Walton 0, Outeniqua 48 Grey High 15, Pearson 55 Woodridge 6, St Andrew’s 19 Brandwag 18, Victoria Park 37 Westering 24