Wind fills Fairmont’s sails with close win

Alvin Reeves

FAIRMONT High School claimed the first scalp of the Westering High School Co-Ed Festival when they defeated the hosts 13-8 on Saturday afternoon.

The match was the main attraction on the opening day of the festival which has 16 Cape Province schools competing in three different codes: hockey, netball and rugby.

Durbanville side Fairmont made better use of their opportunities after the sides had been deadlocked at 3-3 at halftime.

Westering dominated the early exchanges with the help of the breeze at their backs but struggled to convert their possession into points, apart from an early penalty by centre Malford Damens.

Fairmont absorbed the first-half pressure and replied with a penalty of their own through flyhalf Lee-Andrew Luiz shortly before the break.

The visitors, with the wind filling their sails, took the lead soon after play resumed as right wing Joshua Hodges sliced his way through the Westering defence to score far out.

However, the hosts showed great tenacity to level the game after hooker Sean Pride found acres of space from a loose ruck to run through and score.

Fairmont struck back almost immediately as flank Altru de Klerk crashed over from a superb driving maul.

The festival draws to a close today with more rugby, hockey and netball fixtures.

The rugby schedule is: A field, 9am: Westering v Camps Bay; 10.25: Cambridge v Andrew Rabie; 11.50: Alex v Port Alfred; B field, 9am: VP v Fairmont; 10.25 Port Rex v Despatch

The netball schedule starts at 9am and the hockey at 8am.

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