IN front of a large, festive crowd, St Andrew’s College finished the first team rugby game off early against their cross town rivals, running out eventual 72-5 victors.
Byron Sharwood opened the scoring after great work from centre, Charlie Fleming. This seemed to settle any early nerves. Matthew More scored soon after the restart, after a good set piece from the St Andrew’s forwards, taking them into a 12-0 lead.
Kingswood bounced back immediately with a well taken intercept try by Jeff Mtuku after a poor decision by the St Andrew’s backline. This was the last time the St Andrew’s line was breached. Tries to Chulumanco Mngxaso, Matt More, and Callum Dugmore took St Andrew’s into a 29-5 lead at halftime. At this stage Kingswood still looked in the game and would have looked at halftime as a time to recharge their batteries.
St Andrew’s came out after halftime even stronger, which wasn’t great for Kingswood. The home team scored almost immediately through right wing Jack Allanson who scored in the corner after a chip through from flyhalf Murray Koster. Kingswood tried hard to play positive running rugby but were up against a rampant St Andrew’s team.
With Zadok Makani having his best game of the season, further tries to Matt More, Chulumanco Mngxaso, Callum Dugmore, Oscar Evans, and Graham de Vos, saw St Andrew’s finish off what was a one-sided affair. As the cliché goes a team can only play as well as they are allowed and credit needs to be given to Kingswood who continued trying to play positively throughout the game.
The day itself was a tremendous success with St Andrew’s winning all the derby fixtures against Kingswood apart from an impressive win for the Kingswood U14A team. What was very special for St Andrew’s was to share this wonderful occasion with eight teams from other local schools, thus providing all the rugby boys the opportunity to take part in K-Day.
1sts – 72 – 5
2nds – 22 – 7
3rds – 52 – 0 (vs Mary Waters U18A team)
4ths – 38 – 17
5ths – 50 – 0 (vs Nstika High School U18A team)
6ths – 20 – 34 (vs Ukhanyo High School boys U18 team)
7ths – 24 – 8 (vs Mary Waters U16A)
U16A – 39 – 17
U16B – 36 – 5
U16C – 10 – 5 (vs Ukanyo High School boys U16A)
U15A – 28 – 5
U15B – 27 – 27