On Saturday the Queen’s College first team rugby team played their last game before the winter break when they hosted St Andrew’s at the Rec.
Coming off back-to-back wins against Graeme and Marlow they were still underdogs when they took the field against a top ten ranked St Andrew’s.
The first half was all St Andrew’s, thumping Queen’s to 32-3. The points came via a penalty and five tries, two of which were converted. The try scorers were Ben Aliker, Matthew Hillary and Buhle Matshaya, who scored three, and Guy Rushmere the flyhalf.
In the second half Queen’s showed more heart. Bamanye Mahela scored a try converted by Sihlalo Benge and restricted St Andrew’s to only one, which Dylan Bowker scored, taking the final score to 39-10 to the visitors.
Pierre Jacobs, the first team rugby coach, called the game a “tough lesson” while Andy Royle, the St Andrew’s coach felt: “It was sloppy, but both teams came to play rugby. They deserved a lot more than that.”
Reflecting on their season thus far Jacobs said: “At this stage we have won seven out of 15 matches, seven of which are in the top 25 (Framesby, Grey High, Westville, Northwood, Selborne, Dale and St Andrew’s).”
With Queen’s struggling to play consistent rugby from start to finish Jacobs is not too worried about his team’s mental strength. “It’s a very young and inexperienced team. To compete consistently week in and week out for 12 weeks is a challenge for any team. With more competition they will be conditioned and gain experience at this level and have more consistency.”
On a positive note, Ali Gqaza and Sihlalo Benge have been selected for the Craven Week team while Conley Pieterse, Liyema Mgwigwi and Euan de Jager are in the Craven Week Academy Team. This will be played at Grey College in Bloemfontein from June 30.