3 May 2017 – The Saint Andrew’s 1st XV ran away to a confidence-inspiring 43-0 victory over Tsotsoletso High School in a Bloemfontein B League clash on Tuesday afternoon. It was the team’s highest score of the season thus far and it came without reply.
“We had a goal to focus on one game-plan. We have three game-plans and we focused on one yesterday to see if we could be good at it. If it failed, we had a fall-back plan,” coach Lieben Pietersen said on Wednesday morning.
“That was our focus”
.”It was the main gameplan we want to employ this year because of the side that we have. We have speed on our wings and we’re a bit smaller than most, so we can throw the ball around. That was our focus.”
Saints started the contest with a full-strength line-up, which included Greg van Mastrigt and Baiden Mousley, both of whom returned from lengthy injury breaks. Pietersen declared himself satisfied with the way they integrated themselves into the team.
Connor Kruger led the Saint Andrew’s charge as they put up 43 points on Tsotsoletso without reply (Photo: Tim Pillay, Saint Andrew’s Photographic Club)
“They performed very well,” he said. “I told Baiden to just take the hits and feel what it is like to be back in the game. We tried him at fullback – he was supposed to have been our flyhalf at the start of the season – but I think he will be a great asset at fullback. He showed it yesterday. It wasn’t a top team that we played against, but I think that helped his confidence.”
“Our structure and shape was good”
Pietersen was also very happy with the way the forward pack performed. “We executed our game-plan and our structure and shape was good,” he said.
“In 21 minutes, we put up 31 points. Then we decided to see what the second team guys could do. We wanted to see how they fitted into our structure.”
That decision led to the match becoming looser in the second stanza, with the Saint Andrew’s boys having become a little complacent, thinking the second half would be as easy as the first.
As the light faded, Ethan Travers soared to secure a lineout for Saint Andrew’s (Photo: Tim Pillay, Saint Andrew’s Photographic Club)
“When we kept our shape and did what we were supposed to do, we got over the advantage line and scored tries,” Pietersen remarked,
“Good stuff came out of the game, especially ahead of this weekend’s game against Saint John’s.”
The Saints’ under-16 A team was also in action against Tsotsoletso. Late in the game they trailed by a single point at 14-15 down, but the hosts scored a converted try to make sure of victory by 22 points to 14.