The inaugural Leabridge Rugby Challenge came to a close today. The curtains might have come down on the 2012 edition of the tournament but a new chapter of schoolboy rugby has been written and it is our hope that this is only the beginning. A record crowd of more than five hundred fans graced Bushman Rock to rally behind their teams. Some came from as far as Pretoria, to cheer on their sons.
The first match of the day, dubbed the clash of the Saints, kicked off at 13:10 between St George’s College and St Andrews’s College of South Africa. The latter suffered their third defeat at the Leabridge Rugby Challenge at the hands of the local Saints.
The Tigers of Prince Edward School faced the rampaging SACS at 14:20. Prince Edward School did well in defense to slow down the rate at which the Capetonians accumulated their points as compared to their encounters against Churchill and St John’s College. Nonetheless it was all one-way traffic and the half-time scores stood at SACS 31 , Prince Edward 0. The Tigers managed to open their account towards the death of the second half but it was a case of a little too late .
[one_half last=”no”]Leabridge Rugby Challenge Day 3:
St George’s College 28 – 22 St Andrew’s College
Prince Edward School 7 – 38 SACS
St John’s College 8 – 24 Pretoria Boys High
A beautiful display by the St John’s College pipe band had part of the crowd humming and tapping along, before the Borrowdale school played Pretoria Boys High in a thrilling encounter of schoolboy rugby. Gona, St John’s College fly-half, had Boys High on the back foot with his intelligent kicks into space and his kicks into the air helped his forwards get under the ball both in attack and defense. St John’s College drew first blood by scoring a try in the corner but missed the follow-up place kick. Boys High reorganized their attack but it was only in the last seven minutes of the first half that they managed to score an unconverted try. Half-time score was St John’s College 5, Pretoria Boys High 5. Boys High went all out in the second half to disappoint the defiant Rams of St John’s College.
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