Watermeyer the hero for SA Schools

The South African Schools team weathered a tough first half before running away with the match against their Italian counterparts in Bloemfontein yesterday.

Leading just 8-3 at the interval, the home side powered home scoring 31 points in the second half to emerge 39-13 victors.

A try by Blue Bulls left wing Vainon Willis and a penalty by school and provincial team-mate Stefan Watermeyer was all the South Africans could manage in the first period.

And the start of the second stanza was not much betters as their second try came only after the hour mark when replacement fullback Cecil Afrika set up Watermeyer to take a 15-6 lead.

That was extended when Watermeyer added another penalty. The Waterkloof centre then capped a brilliant individual performance when he added his second try with 13 minutes remaining, adding the conversion for good measure.

A try by Afrika after good work by Willis, and the conversion by Watermeyer gave the SA team a comfortable 32-6 lead.

The Italians were rewarded for their endeavour with a try by Matteo Hava, but the SA team hit back seconds from the end when Afrika notched up his brace to round off a brilliant performance.

Watermeyer added the extras rest for a personal tally of 24 points.