St Andrew’s edged Boland Landbou 9-7 at the St Stithians Easter Festival on Monday.
Flyhalf James Pryce was the hero for the Grahamstown school, kicking three penalties.
St Andrew’s started the game well, taking on their opponents’ much bigger forward pack and keeping things tight, with Pryce slotting his first penalty midway through the first half after Landbou had infringed at ruck time.
At times the game became tedious with both sides looking clumsy with ball in hand. While Landbou did have several chances to score, their inaccuracy let them down at crucial stages.
After trailing 3-0 at the break, Landbou were penalised twice within the first 10 minutes of the second half and Pryce sent the ball through the uprights on both occasions.
However, Landbou struck back when flanker Christo Scharwtz scored a try after rounding off a move that he had initiated inside his own half. Flyhalf Werner Joubert added the conversion to set up a tense final 15 minutes.
St Andrew’s spent most of that time defending their tryline but held on for a famous victory.
‘This was a colossal win and our team’s tigerish defence won us the game,’ Saints coach Stefan Louwrens told keo.co.za.
St Andrew’s flank Justus Luttig and No 8 James Gotz were the unsung heroes of the match. They were outstanding at the breakdown, stealing plenty of ball, while Gotz was superb on defence.
Pryce is also a player to keep an eye on having already kicked 86 points this season. He is a competent footballer with electric pace.
Easter festival results (Day 3):
Maritzburg College 53 FNB Invitation 3
Golden Lions Invitational 21 Jeppe 16
Glenwood 52 Helpmekaar 0
Outeniqua 55 St John’s 9
Affies 30 Paarl Boys’ High 15
Paul Roos 8 Monument 6
FNB Invitation 30 St Alban’s 14
Parktown 22 St Charles 14
Wynberg 40 St David’s 3
Bishops 26 St Stithians 3
St Andrew’s 9 Boland Landbou 7
Florida 25 Eldoraigne 22
FNB Invitation XV 35 Muir 22
KES 36 Hudson Park 6
Marlow 36 Westville 12
Rondebosch 22 Pretoria Boys’ 18
St Benedict’s 20 Rob Ferreira 12
Trinityhouse 26 Union High 0
HTS Middelburg 27 Dale 21
Kearsney 3 Marais Viljoen 0
Queen’s 17 DHS 7
Selborne 20 EG Jansen 20
Upington 31 KZN Development XV 0
By Gareth Wright