Stellenberg Sink SACS

Hosts, The South African College High School (SACS), outscored visitors Stellenberg High four tries to three but ultimately lost the match 22-25 (half-time:  12-11). It was an important match for both teams who have been battling for form but ultimately it was Stellenberg who held their nerve and came up trumps.

SACS started well and put phases together inside the Stellenberg half. They were rewarded with a penalty shot at goal which wing Matthew Hayes missed. Stellenberg went onto the attack soon after and also received a penalty, which they converted via flyhalf Nivan Petersen to take a three-point lead.

On twelve minutes SACS scored a lovely try. Lock Jordan Thomas started it with a pick and go. He found his lock partner Storm Balchin in support. Balchin made good metres and the ball went wide to hooker Anathi Kalipa, who orchestrated some beautiful interplay before finishing off himself. Hayes missed the conversion.

Hayes has a break himself soon after but it lead to nothing. Big Stellenberg lock Tyrone Rose did what the SACS locks had done earlier and unlocked the opposition defence. He cut through from deep from the resulting pressure Stellenberg converted another penalty on twenty-two minutes to take a one-point lead.

SACS had two good opportunities soon after. Fullback Ross Letcher making a great break only for the resulting ruck ball to be kicked away and an overlap that was spurned on the outside which ultimately led to turnover ball for Stellenberg. Stellenberg almost scored in the corner from that turnover ball. Only a wonderful cover tackle from centre Fabrice Nahimana saved SACS.

SACS bungled the lineout and from the ensuing scrum Stellenberg played a few phases before burly tight-head Vleis Dippenaar crashed over, much to the delight of the visiting fans! Petersen missed he conversion. On the stroke of half-time SACS scored via an intercept from wing Matthew Hayes. He converted from right in front to give SACS a slender half-time lead.

Stellenberg started the second half well and SACS were forced to soak up early pressure. It was SACS though who scored first via flank Nicholas Boden to extend their lead to 17-11. SACS received a yellow card midway through the second half. Stellenberg capitalised and their hooker Justin Cupido, who was arguably the man of the match, scored via a maul on twenty-two minutes. Petersen converted to give the visitors a one-point lead with just over ten minutes to go.

Big SACS prop Ethan Burger stripped a Stellenberg player in contact and popped the ball over the top to left-wing Cameron Abegglen who raced clear to score. SACS were again unsuccessful with the conversion and they led 22-18 with less than ten minutes to go.

The game was on a knife-edge now and both teams were trying to be positive but both were guilty of errors. The SACS lineout in particular started to creak and SACS were under all sort of pressure. A rushed clearance with two minutes to go gifted Stellenberg a final throw of the dice. They duly seized the opportunity and scored a wonderful counter-attack try via left-wing Irwin Meyer. Petersen nailed the conversion to give Stellenberg a crucial win which they celebrated in style.



Tries: Anathi Kalipa, Nicholas Boden, Cameron Abegglen, Matthew Hayes

Conversion: Hayes


Tries: Vleis Dippenaar, Justin Cupido, Irwin Meyer

Conversions: Nivan Petersen (2)

Penalties: Petersen (2)

Referee: Nathan Barry (WP Refs)

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2 thoughts on “Stellenberg Sink SACS


    Having watched SACS play Bishops and Stellenberg (both at the courtesy of School Sports Live streaming via Youtube), I am impressed by the play of the SACS tight five (including replacements)…that is where it ends!
    In no particular order here are my observed concerns:
    1. The tactical kicking needs improving and when you don’t find touch on your own penalty, it is problematic;

    2. Converting penalties and tries is part of the game – more practice is needed;

    3. The SACS back line is way too predictable and mostly receives the ball standing still – no skip passing to create overlaps and very little in the way of changing the angles with dummy runners; The only thrust comes from the centre who is a devastating runner and plays with lots of heart;

    4. Once in a while it would be good to see the scrumhalf break around the edges of a ruck (to keep the opposition honest), especially if the loose forwards/8th are moving with him in tandem;

    5. The 8th man needs to get more involved in the general play – against Bishops seemed lost, but was a little more involved against Stellenberg – a little more physicality will go a long way to winning me over with his play.

    Keep on playing fighting, never say die SACS rugby with fantastic defence!


    OB 1977

  2. Jan Roux

    Yep, the backs were always going to need some attention. However, as I have said before, there is enough talent to be competitive and I still believe that with more confidence and application we can achieve our potential. It is however, concerning that we cannot seem to convert our territorial advantage into points.
    Maybe we will hit our straps on Saturday.
    The U 16’s are encouraging and I am really enjoying the positive rugby being dished up by the 3 rds – keep it up!
    PS. It is nice to see more constructive input/comments – it is positive and provides general insight.

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