Mixed results for English tourists

Tonbridge beat SACS 20-10 in a scrappy encounter on Tuesday, while Bishops recorded a 31-20 win against St Paul’s a day later.

SACS decided to play into a stiff wind in the first half and it was a decision that backfired as the tourists built up a 20-5 lead.

Tonbridge cut SACS’ defence to ribbons, mainly through fullback Ben Ramson, who is an England representative at age-group level. SACS’ only points of the half came from a try through replacement wing Blayne Tomlinson.

SACS could not use the conditions to their advantage in the second half, scoring just one try through hard working prop Nicholas Vetsos.

SACS now face Bellville-Tech at home this weekend.

In their match against St Paul’s, Bishops scored an early try through lock Cameron Doyle, before falling behind 13-5. However, burly prop Ollie Kebble brought the hosts back into it when he barged over on the half-time hooter.

Minutes into the second half, Bishops centre Tim Swiel rounded off a seven-pointer after a flowing movement which saw the ball move through numerous sets of hands. Shortly thereafter, diminutive scrumhalf Kyle Whitfield hoodwinked the opposition with an outrageous dummy and scored under the posts.

At 24-13, it seemed the floodgates may open, but St Paul’s struck back through industrious fullback Jonathan Walker. The visitors pressed forward again, searching for an unlikely winner, but were held up over the line.

Bishops wing Tshepo Motali then scored a long-range try on the stroke of full-time to secure the victory.

They now face a tough encounter against Drostdy in Worcester on Saturday.

By Gareth Wright