St Andrew’s Beat Kingswood, Just.

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A large, vocal crowd greeted the St Andrew’s College 1st XV as they ran out onto City Lords on Saturday for the annual KDay fixture. With Kingswood celebrating their 125th year in style, the fixture was perhaps even better supported than normal and the pressure was intense.

Kingswood got off to the perfect start and was soon in front after a clearance kick by Guy Rushmere was charged down. The try was converted and Kingswood were 7-0 in front. Ill-discipline then cost St Andrew’s College a further three points and after 15 minutes St Andrew’s found themselves 10-0 down.

St Andrew’s never got going as they missed a number of lineouts and it took a moment of brilliance from Matthew Hillary to get St Andrew’s on the board, putting Ben Aliker over in the left corner. Rushmere could not convert but the gap was narrowed to 10-5. Two converted penalties to Rushmere saw St Andrew’s College taking a narrow 11-10 lead into half-time, despite the physical pressure and pace that Kingswood was bringing to the game.

A well took try soon after half-time after a good passage of play from St Andrew’s saw Guy Rushmere score under the poles after spotting a gap. He converted and St Andrew’s were 18-10 in front and looking far better than in the first half. A yellow card and the resulting penalty which was converted by Kingswood narrowed the gap to five points once again, with twenty minutes to play. A very well worked converted try to Kingswood, after a kick through on the blind side, saw Kingswood take a two-point lead going into the final quarter of the game.

The St Andrew's College side soaked up the pressure of the moment and forced another penalty, which was converted by Rushmere, and St Andrew’s were once again in front albeit by just the single point (21-20). This is how the game ended, despite St Andrew’s College being dominant for the final ten minutes of the game. Kingswood is to be commended for their performance on the day; they were physical, dominant in the collisions and defended manfully against a side that wanted to run at them.

It was a wonderful day all round and Kingswood can be proud of their efforts as they celebrated their 15th anniversary in style.

The Kingswood College U14s narrowly won the A team game 22-19. The St Andrew’s Bs and Cs had big wins in their game. The St Andrew’s U15A team had an impressive 66-0 win with fine performances from AyomedijiAkinbo and Miles Boden.

The St Andrew’s U16As struggled to get their rhythm going in an exceptionally tight game, finishing in a 19-19 draw.

The St Andrew’s 5ths won 35-10 in the battle of the barrels with Thabo Sihele showing his pace and skills at scrumhalf. The St Andrew’s 3rds won well and played some really good rugby. The St Andrew’s 2nds won their game and continued with their successful run, however, this game took its toll on the boys physically.

A large, vocal crowd greeted the St Andrew’s College 1st XV as they ran out onto City Lords, before winning the much-anticipated game 21-20.

With Kingswood celebrating their 125th year in style, the fixture was perhaps even better supported than normal and the pressure was intense.

Kingswood got off to the better start with some early points, before the St Andrew’s College boys fought their way back in. The half time score was 11-10 to St Andrew’s.

The visitors had a couple of opportunities to score in the 2nd half but were unable to convert into points, as the game finished 21-20 to St Andrew’s College. This was a good win against very motivated opposition in front of a large vocal crowd.

It was a wonderful day all round and Kingswood can be proud of their efforts as they celebrated their 125th anniversary in style.

Meanwhile, a number of the St Andrew’s teams played against Mary Waters on Saturday.

There were 4 games played on Lower against Mary Waters. The Mary Waters U14s beat the St Andrew’s U14Ds 19-5. The St Andrew’s 4ths drew 24-24 with the Mary Waters 1sts, the St Andrew’s 16Bs beat the Mary Waters U16s 26-24 with a last minute try, and the St Andrew’s U15Bs beat the Mary Waters U15s 30-19.

KDay Rugby:

St Andrew's 1sts 21 - 20 Kingswood
St Andrew's 2nds 36 - 3 Kingswood
St Andrew's 3rds 48 - 5 Kingswood
St Andrew's 5ths 35 - 10 Kingswood 4ths
St Andrew's U16A 19 - 19 Kingswood
St Andrew's U15A 66 - 0 Kingswood
St Andrew's U14A 19 - 22 Kingswood

Report by: Scott Jackson, St Andrew’s College 1st XV manager