The final whistle sounds as the Kingswood supporters erupt into a frenzy of celebrations. “We’ve done it”, “Yessss”, “I can’t believe this” and just an utter roar filled the air as Kingswood College ended a 17 year drought by defeating St. Andrews College 23-22 in a close fought out rugby match on K-Day.
The overhead and underfoot conditions played the part as the much anticipated 1st XV match got underway on Lower Field, St Andrews College. The 1st 10mins were very evenly poised as both teams scored only 3 points. College was, however, the more dominant force at the breakdown. The flood gates then opened for a while as St. Andrews ran in two converted tries by 8th man Anthony Everard and wing, Peter Lever. 10 minutes before halftime, it was Kingswood who returned the favour as both wings, Nigel Namayumba and captain Ruru Msutu sailed over the line to make the score 18-17 to Kingswood at the halftime break.
The second half started with much of the same antics as the first. College and Kingswood were both different outfits as they came out for the second half. College was more dominant on attack but the Kingswoodian defence was rock solid. They however, slipped up when centre, Ian Herold, sneaked over the line to give the home side a 4 point lead. Kingswood kept ball in hand and began spreading the ball wide which eventually resulted in Nigel Namayumba’s second try of the game. 10 minutes to go and you could cut the tension with a knife!
St Andrews tactical kicking pinned Kingswood back into their own half. College attacked, phase after phase which, with 3 minutes to go, resulted in high tackle and penalty to College on the Kingswood 5m line. St Andrews took a quick tap and set up a number of phases before knocking the ball on with 30secs remaining on the clock. One of the biggest scrums I have ever seen in school boy rugby took place with Kingswood winning the ball and successfully kicking it out of play. The final whistle went and people from all areas of the ground ran on and congratulated the team.
It was a well fought out match and I think it was much deserved that Kingswood eventually got a K-Day victory by such a narrow margin on College soil. The tears that were shed by young and old will be remembered for years, if not centuries to come. Who knows, maybe this one win is what Kingswood needs to set up a string of 17years for themselves.
In other results(St Andrew’s vs. Kingswood, Ukhanyo and St Matthews):
2nd XV beat Kingswood College 2nd XV 36 – 5
3rd XV beat Kingswood College 3rd XV 27 – 12
4th XV beat Ukhanyo 1st XV 85 – 0
5th XV beat Kingswood College 4th XV 20 – 5
6th XV beat Ukhanyo 2nd XV 75 – 0
7th XV beat Kingswood College 5th XV 33 – 10
8th XV lost St Matthews 1st XV 14 – 24
9th XV lost Kingswood College 7th XV 10 – 31
U15A beat Kingswood College U15A 20 – 7
U15B beat Ukhanyo U15A 76 – 0
U15C beat Kingswood College U15B 49 – 0
U15D lost Ukhanyo U15B 15 – 28
U14A beat Kingswood College U14A 19 – 5
U14C beat Kingswood College U14B 12 – 8