The South African College High School (SACS) 1st Rugby team travelled out to picturesque Stellenbosch to play in the 150th celebrations of brother school Paul Roos Gimnasium. SACS were pitted against Langenhoven Gimnasium from Oudtshoorn who they beat 18-7 (halftime 10-0).

SACS started well and within six minutes hooker Lam Larkan hd broken through the Langenhoven defence. As he approached the tryline he tried to offload to centre Nick Redelinghuys who was impeded and spilled the ball. SACS continued to apply pressure and two minutes later scrumhalf Rau-Ees  Arendse scored from a quick tap penalty near the line. Flyhalf and captain Jordan Chait missed the conversion.

Langehoven then put together a passage of play but never really threatened the SACS tryline. SACS Headboy and loosehead prop Sihle Lonzi put in a good defensive hit which dislodged the ball. SACS went wide and from the ensuing ruck Chait put in a cross kick which led to a try for openside flank Dylan Hadzigrigoriou. Once again Chait’s conversion sailed wide. SACS had an opportunity to set a maul to score towards the end of the half but bungled the lineout and went into the interval 10-nil up.

The next score would be crucial and it came to Langehoven via an intercept. SACS had been receiving fairly scrappy ball at the rucks for most of the game and when one of these was shuffled wide Langenhoven’s right-wing pounced and scored.

Langenhoven took confidence from the score and tested SACS defence with a few probing runs from their flyhalf and centres. SACS weathered the storm and produced two good opportunities, both falling to No. 8 Alex Halvorsen. Once he ran out of space and into touch, the other time he was too shallow and overran a pass from the inside. The pressure did lead to a penalty though which Chait converted.

SACS finished the game of with a try by Halvorsen. They spread turnover ball wide to right wing Tumi Mogoje who, running out of space, grubbered ahead for Halvorsen to score. Chat missed and the game ended 18-7 to SACS.

It was a far from polished performance with many opportunities wasted but it provided a timely boost as SACS head off to Kearsney next week for three very tough fixtures.

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