The first match of the St John’s College Easter Rugby festival, pitted St David’s against an Eye of the Tiger side that was full of spirit.
Before the game commenced, Eye of the Tiger performed a traditional Haka with a South African twist to it.
The game then got underway with St David’s not seeming to be bothered by the Haka, camping deep in the Eye of the tiger half for what seemed like eternity. The St David’s boys were however eventually rewarded for their hard work, scoring two quick tries through Gregory Kourie and Leo Michael.
St David’s Marcell Scheepers however only managed to convert one to give his side a 12-0 lead. Eye of the tiger did eventually get on the scoreboard at the stroke of halftime, through an unconverted try thanks to Sifiso Nhlapo.
The second half saw a more dominant display from St David’s in the first 15 minutes, running in two tries, to take the score to 24-5. Eye of the tiger however showed great character to eventually come to life inside the last 10 minutes, scoring 3 tries but in the end unfortunately losing out 24-19.
The second game of the festival, saw Paul Roos showcase some of the class they possess, when they powered to a mammoth 78-10 victory against the Golden Lions invitational team.
The game saw the Golden Lions Invitational team get off to a dream start in the match, when they crossed over very quickly thanks to winger Kwanele Notyawe, with Brendan Swart doing well to send the conversion through the sticks to earn a 7-0 lead. Paul Roos managed to bounce back 5 minutes later, with two quick tries both in the right hand corner to lead 12-7.
The Lions tried to move the ball swiftly through their backs but Paul Roos were always there to turn things around and clear. Paul Roos did soon add to the score board, when flyhalf Juan Mostert, sliced through the Lions defence to cross the whitewash and later convert his own try. The Lions then only managed to convert a penalty, with Paul Roos scoring one more try to end the half at 26-10 to the boys from Stellenbosch.
The second half really saw the rugby Paul Roos is famous for, using the physicality of their forwards and ferocious pace of their backs. The Golden Lions showed great fight but Paul Roos proved too much to handle, as they ran in 52 unanswered points, to seal the game 78-10.
In one of the most competitive matches at the St John’s College Easter Rugby festival so far, Hoerskool Florida enjoyed a lead for most parts of the game, only for HTS Daniel Pienaar to come at the end and snatch the victory, with two impressive tries at the death.
Hoerskool Florida enjoyed much of the opening exchanges between the two sides, even running in 15 unanswered points in the first 15 minutes. Many supporters would have then backed Florida to easily tug away with the game. Instead, HTS Daniel Pienaar slowly got into the groove of things with inside centre Brandon Boshoff landing their first points on the board with a wonderful try, converted by flyhalf Sachin Toring.
The resulting try, seemed to spur Daniel Pienaar on again and they dotted down a few moments later with Toring converting once more to cut the deficit to just 1 point at 15-14 to Florida going into the interval.
The second stanza of play, saw things completely turn around after Hoerskool Florida started the half with a well deserved converted try by Brink Bosman. HTS Daniel Pienaar started playing to their strengths, letting the backline express themselves.
A move that started in the Florida half, saw winger Denver Jacobs set off down the touchline with blistering pace to dot down under the poles for a converted try and leave the score at 22-21 to Florida with a few minutes to play.
In the last 2 minutes, Jacobs was on his way again down the same touchline, running past two defenders on his way to rounding off a great run under the poles, which Toring had no trouble converting and earning his side a valuable 28-22 comeback victory.
Helpmekaar 7 (7) - Try: Francois Scholtz. Doelskop: Tiaan Botes. St John’s College 3 (0) - Penalty: Bismarck Olivier.
Hilton College 10 (7) - Tries: Niaan Taljaard. Conversion: Gareth Schreuder. Penalty: Schreuder. Nelspruit 8 (0) - Try: Jason Cornelius. Penalty: Tiaan du Plessis.
St. Alban’s College 26 (7) - Tries: Cambell Blane, Aidan Ridgway, Simon Miller, Siseko Mvenya. Conversions: Ronaldo Daniels (3). Windhoek Gimnasium 17 (10) - Tries: Mell Theunissen, Monré Meyer. Conversions: Wiks Tromp (2). Penalty: Tromp.
Paul Roos Gimnasium 78 (26) – Tries: Jean-Jacques Kotze (2), Jarod Cairns (2), Tiaan Pretorius (2), Juan Mostert (2), Ruben Labuschagne, Kade Wolhuter, Cade Croy, Micardo du Preez. Conversions: Wolhuter (8). Golden Lions Invitational 10 (10) – Tries: Kwanele Notyawe. Conversions: Keegan van Schalkwyk, Brendan Swarts.
St. David’s 24 (12) – Tries: Gregory Kourie (2), Leo Michael, Oliver Hinton. Conversions: Marcell Scheepers (2). Eye of the Tiger 19 (5) – Tries: Sifiso Nhlapo (2), Keanu Martin. Conversions: Nhlapo (2).
HTS Daniël Pienaar 28 (14) – Tries: Denver Jacobs (2), Brandon Boshoff, Stephan Snyman. Conversions: Sachin Toring (4). Florida: 22 (15) – Tries: Brandon Roberts, Lizo Larakwang, Brink Bosman. Conversions: Tino Swanepoel (2). Penalty: Swanepoel.