Saints braced for Eastern Cape challenge

St Andrew’s enter their toughest stage of their season as they face Queen’s, Daniel Pienaar, Grey High and Selborne in consecutive weeks.

St Andrew’s are rated as the in-form Eastern Cape school at the moment as they are currently No 7 on the school rankings. They come off a 76-0 victory against Graeme last weekend, where they scored 11 tries and hooker Dane van der Westhuizen kicked nine conversions and a penalty.

However, director of rugby Allan Miles said they aren’t a 100% happy yet.

‘We are very happy with the performances but the players are not that confident because we don’t feel like we have been tested by major competition so far this year,’ Miles told keo.co.za.

‘But now we have our derby against Queen’s this weekend. Then things get harder for us as we face Daniel Pienaar, Grey High and Selborne in the following weeks. That will be our true test of the season.’

Heading into their derby with Queen’s, Miles said they will need to replicate their forwards performance.

‘Against Graeme, our forwards starved Graeme of quality possession and we killed them off at the set-pieces and breakdowns. They couldn’t get any momentum and we went on to keep them scoreless. The balance between our pack and backline saw us scoring a lot of tries.

‘We need the forwards to continue their form against Queen’s, who have a big pack. We need to match them up front if we want to pick up a win.’

By Gareth Duncan