Graeme College rugby, hockey results against St. Andrews College

MAY 9, 2017
Graeme College rugby, hockey results against St. Andrews College

The Graeme/St. Andrews derby started with the hockey fixtures on Friday night. St Andrews won the three matches, with the first team showing their class.

Graeme were very much out of their depth against a clinical outfit which have shown themselves to be a very impressive side indeed.

Graeme made St Andrews work in the first half, although lost concentration at times. St Andrews were 1-0 up, until a penalty-corner was awarded at the stroke of half-time. Importantly, St Andrews converted the PC with precision to go into the break 2-0 up.

From there, they continued to pile on the pressure and punished Graeme for mistakes. Four second half goals, meant that St Andrews won comfortably 6-0. The Graeme side has shown good progression this season, but against a strong St Andrews team, found the going very tough.

The rugby started off with a tight u14a match which set the tone for the day. Both teams dominated in periods, and both had clear opportunities to win. In the end, dogged defence won the match 12-7 for St Andrews.

St Andrews won most of the fixtures in the morning, with the Graeme 5th side claiming a victory over the SAC 6th team. Another great contest was the 2nd XV match, where the teams were locked at 12-12 at the end of their 60 minutes.

Graeme kept the ball alive and put together a great attack which almost won the game for them. Only for St Andrews to counter and almost win the game themselves. After that attack, and exhausted player across the field, Graeme got the ball back to the St Andrews side of the field, where they managed to get across the try line registering an incredible victory.

Two very good 1st XV teams created much expectation ahead of their fixture. The St Andrews College 1st XV executed better on the day and defeated the Graeme side 25-10.

Graeme started the game extremely well by scoring a well-worked try after Matthew Robertson made a line break and then offloaded to Lelethu Cekiso who finished off a superb effort.

Thereafter, Graeme struggled to gain any momentum on attack and were often starved of possession. Graeme ended up defending for large portions of the game. They did defended commendably but St Andrews always seemed to ask questions on attack and with so much possession, it was inevitable that they would cross the try line.

They scored two tries in the first half, one of which was converted and another penalty conversion to bring their tally to 15. Graeme added another penalty through the boot of Sivu Ngqiyaza to make the half time score 15-10 to St. Andrews.

The 2nd half continued in much the same fashion where Graeme struggled to stay composed on attack. They showed moments of brilliance but would then lose possession again. St Andrews seemed more patient in their build-up through various phases and the pressure resulted in a third St Andrews try.

One more penalty took the  final score to 25-10. Graeme will be disappointed in the lack of good execution on the day, but congratulations must go to St Andrews who put in a good performance and proved to be the better side on the day. They were a extremely well drilled team. Who showed patience and were clinical in execution.

Results:

Rugby:

U14A lost 12-7, U15A lost 36-12, U16B lost 19-0, U16A lost 45-15, 5th vs SAC 6th won 17-0. U14B lost 22-17, u15B lost 34-10, 4th vs SAC 5th lost 25-0, 3rd lost 38-12, 2nd won 17-12. 1st lost 25-10.

Hockey:

1st lost 6-0. 2nd lost 2-0.