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St Alban’s aims to sink St John’s, Bennies hosts Old Boys’ Day

By Alex Ralston , in Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2024-06-15 Tags: , , , ,

St Albans College will be aiming to turn things around against St John’s after a fast start from St Stithians saw Saints grab a 26-16 win over the Pretoria school last weekend.

It’s going to be a tough task to beat the Blues, though, with St Alban’s missing several experienced players due to a string of injuries, which have struck the side in recent weeks.

The Hoops will be boosted by their home crowd, however, with kick-off on Moshate Field happening at 13:30.

St John’s have shown this season that they are able to hold their own with a solid defence, but they will be tested by flyhalf JJ Steenkamp, who has demonstrated his versatility, playing in a number of positions in the backline this season.

St Alban’s will be without one of their leading players, no. 8 Patrick Weir, who is one of their injured. His place at the back of the scrum is taken by Daniel Bouwer, who will also wear the captain’s armband.

St John’s is in good form. Last weekend, they crushed St Benedict’s College 54-0 and will be keen to ride that momentum against St Alban’s. Oliver Tait, who starred for the Blues in that win, misses out, while Gerald Van Wyk moves to fullback, with the talented all-round sportsman Joe MacRobert returning to the lineup at flyhalf.

St Benedict’s College has endured a hugely challenging season and have found points hard to come by. Since a successful 2023, it has been an uphill slog all the way.

The visitors, St David’s Marist Inanda, have demonstrated good counterattacking abilities and have picked up several crucial wins during their campaign. Their record includes a 59-0 win over Bennies earlier this season.

St David’s inside centre Theo Fonternel and substitute utility back Owami Maropola each scored two tries when they last met, and they will have another opportunity to add more points to their personal tallies on Saturday.

Kick-off for the first XVs takes place at 12:30, with St David’s College making the trip to Bedfordview. Last year, on the same ground, St Benedict’s picked up a 17-13 victory in a very physical game.

Bennies’ coach Andrew Barnes commented: “We are expecting a big onslaught from them after we beat them on their Old Boys’ Day last year. We have five players in the squad tomorrow that didn’t play in the first fixture earlier this year. Hopefully that creates a dynamic squad that helps the game be competitive on Old Boys’ Day.”

Last weekend’s win over Cornwall Hill College was a big morale boost for St David’s, with the team putting 35 points on the board in the second half after trailing 6-9 at halftime

Diego Ferreira slotted all of his kicks, and his excellence off the tee has secured a number of wins for the team this season, including a defeat of St Stithians College.

The only change to the St David’s side that beat Cornwall Hill happens in the front row, where Siyabongo Nkomo takes over from D’Andre Mushonga.

Bennies lost last weekend after everything fell apart in the second half against St John’s, who turned a 14-0 halftime advantage into a 54-0 romp. St Benedict’s, too, have made only one change, with Zac Raats replacing Luke Carr in the second row.

FIXTURES

St Alban’s vs St John’s

u14A: 09:30 – St Alban’s St John’s (Murray Field)
u15A: 10:30 – St Alban’s vs St John’s (Baloyi Field)
u19B: 10:30 – St Alban’s vs St John’s (Moshate Field)
u16A: 11:40 – St Alban’s vs St John’s (Moshate Field)
u19A: 13:10 – St Alban’s vs St John’s (Moshate Field)

St Benedict’s vs St David’s Marist Inanda

u14A: 08:00 – St Benedict’s vs St David’s (A Field)
u15A: 09:00 – St Benedict’s vs St David’s (A Field)
u19B: 10:00 – St Benedict’s vs St David’s (A Field)
u16A: 11:15 – St Benedict’s vs St David’s (A Field)
u19A: 12:30 – St Benedict’s vs St David’s (A Field)

TEAMS

St Alban’s College: 15 Matthew Nelson, 14 Malesela Sema, 13 Tumelo Mohale, 12 Enzo Olivier, 11 Sihle Msiza, 10 JJ Steenkamp, 9 Joshua Verster, 8 Daniel Bouwer, 7 Thabiso Mbembele 6 Ben Stevenson, 5 Keegan Dick, 4 Jandre Botha, 3 Neo Gama, 2 Craig Milne 1 Andreas Philippou.

St John’s College: 15 Gerald Van Wyk, 14 Bryson Walker, 13 Malan du Plessis, 12 Thomas Ivers, 11 Jacob Smith, 10 ⁠Joe MacRobert, 9 Tom Kruger, 8 ⁠Rohan Sheldon, 7 Menzi Bongwe, 6 John-John Bierman, 5 Zain Newman, 4 Dom Kamangu , 3 Matthew Kaplan, 2 Kakuhle Tunguta, 1 Joshua Shannon.

St Benedict’s College: 15 Matthew Hovelmeier, 14 Tshegofatso Mojapelo, 13 Freddie Durrant, 12 Braeden le Roux, 11 Wade Ramsay, 10 Declan le Roux, 9 Iviwe Mlilo, 8 Jason Cutler, 7 Matthew Joubert, 6 Tebogo Phukuile, 5 Zac Raats, 4 Nicholas Moravec, 3 Matthew Rourke, 2 Thato Ntshangase, 1 Victor Goncalves.

St David’s Marist Inanda: 15 Teegen Rossini, 14 Tristan Lambe, 13 Theo Fonternel, 12 Elliot Skei, 11 Kuzivakwashe Majuru, 10 Luca Cabion, 9 Diego Ferreira, 8 Jack Brady, 7 James Askew, 6 Tahin Patel, 5 Mark Hudson, 4 William Allemann, 3 Marco Bitter, 2 Connor McWilliams, 1 Siyabonga Nkomo.

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