St Andrew’s are the in-form Eastern Cape school this season.
Saints have impressed in 2010 after big wins against Glenwood (20-7) at the Graeme Rugby Day and Cambridge (79-9) last weekend. They also had a clean sweep at the recent St Stithians Easter Festival where they beat an FNB Invational XV (27-10), Wynberg (37-10) and Noordkaap (15-12).
Their only defeat came at the hands of Bishops, who scored an injury-time try to win 25-24 earlier in the season. These results see St Andrew’s ranked seventh in the FNB schools rankings.
‘We are very proud of our performances, especially with the wins over Glenwood [who were ranked second last year] and Wynberg,’ said director of rugby Allan Miles. ‘There’s always room for improvement but the thing I think we have done well this season was finding the balance between our forwards and backs. The boys have connected very well.
‘Scrumhalf and captain Ryan Dugmore has been outstanding so far while hooker Dane van der Westhuizen also did well.’
St Andrew’s now prepare for their biggest derby against Graeme in the next fortnight.
‘We face Brandwag at home this weekend [1 May] but we will be going all out against Graeme on 8 May,’ said Miles. ‘St Andrew’s and Graeme have one of the oldest rivalries as the two teams have faced each other in a 100 games. We will be looking to add to our 71 wins.’
Other big clashes this season see St Andrews face Queen’s (15 May), Daniel Pienaar (22 May), Grey High (29 May), Selborne (5 June), Framesby (17 July), Marlow (24 May), Dale (31 July) and Kingswood (14 August).
By Gareth Duncan