Playing at home on a lovely winters morning The South African College High School (SACS) struggled to stave off a spirited Bellville High, 43-22 (Half-time 28-17).
SACS started like a house in fire and looked intent on running up a big score. They led 21-3 after eleven minutes thanks to tries from Storm Balchin, Lukhanyo Gqokoma and Matthew Hayes, all converted by Hayes. It was all too easy it appeared until Individual errors crept into their game. They dropped kick-offs and failed to secure balls kicked in behind them, which allowed Bellville to score twice via right-wing Xavier Adams. Bellville flyhalf and captain Deuvajio Solomons nailed both conversions and an earlier penalty. In between Adams’s two tries SACS scrumhalf, and the man-of-the-match, Thurston Cloete scored from a simple 8-9 from a scrum to leave the hosts with a meagre eleven-point lead at the interval.
Bellville changed tactics in the second half sensing SACS didn’t like being turned around. They kicked into the corners and forced SACS to attack from deep. It worked a treat and Bellville dominated territory and possession during the second half. SACS soaked up fifteen minutes of early pressure before getting an opportunity to attack from a lineout in the Bellville 22m-area. A bust into the vacuum by Josh Barrett saw them get momentum before his prop partner Ethan Burger crashed over off the next phase. Hayes missed the relatively easy conversion.
Ten minutes later Adams was at is again securing his hat-trick after a neat build up down the blindside. Solomons missed the conversion from the corner to leave the score at 33-22 with ten minutes to go.
SACS had a wonderful attacking opportunity with just under then minutes to go which they fluffed. They did manage to score two unconverted tries in the final five minutes to take the game away from a gallant Bellville outfit. Both came from lineouts close to the Bellville line, which saw Burger and Gqokoma both grab a brace.
Overall it was an unconvincing display from SACS who will have to raise their game dramatically when Rondebosch Boys’ High come visit next week, as will Bellville who have a tough encounter against Stellenberg to look forward to.
Tries: Lukhanyo Gqokoma (2), Ethan Burger (2), Storm Balchin, Matthew Hayes and Thurston Cloete
Conversions: Hayes (4)
Tries: Xavier Adams (3)
Conversions: Deuvajio Solomons (2)
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