Rugby vs Saint Andrew’s School

UHS 1st XV vs St Andrews

On Saturday, 12 March, the 1st XV played against Bloemfontein’s Saint Andrew’s School at home.

After 5 minutes, Union won a free kick at a scrum on the half way line. Quick play by Kwande Mhlabeni saw the ball shifted to Sisipho Arnols who put Alutho Cekiso into space.

Sisipho ran a very good supportive line and received the inside pass back from Alutho to dot down for the 1st try.

Ill-discipline and unnecessary mistakes kept the score 5-0 for about 26 minutes. Sisipho broke the defence from a scrum and carried on scoring a fine try. This was converted by Hlaki Skepe. Union led 12-0 at half time.

A poor start to the second half, saw Saint Andrew’s score their first try after some miscommunication on defence. Hlaki Skepe converted a penalty to take the score to 15 – 7.

Union scored another try from the restart with Sisipho Arnols completing his hat-trick to take the score to 20-7 in our favour. Some terrible defence and perhaps poor decision-making saw Saint Andrew’s run in two quick tries to lead 21-20. Hlaki Skepe converted another penalty kick leading 23-21.

With 5 minutes to go, the Union boys had a chance to score after Sisipho Arnols broke the line once more. The team, however, failed to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity. In turn, Saint Andrew’s breached Union’s defence one more time to snatch it at the end and win the match 26-23.

“Although the loss was heart breaking, the lessons learned from it will be invaluable towards building the team for the season ahead,” said coach, Mr Christopher Felix. “I am proud of the boys, and I believe we can only get better from here onwards. I wish to congratulate our junior teams with some fine results achieved, well done to the players and coaches. Lastly I wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to our super crowd, the team sincerely appreciates the support.”

Union’s U/16A rugby team enjoyed a 30 – 5 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 over Saint Andrew’s School.
𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵, 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻’𝘀 𝗝𝗮𝘆𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗢𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗮𝗹.
Match summary: Union won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half to get an early advantage. This worked in the team’s favour.
Despite the first 22 minutes of the game being riddled with penalties, the score started to climb as the game started to flow.
𝘈𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭.
U/𝟭𝟱𝗔 won their match 22 – 0.  Well done to Issy Ahmed who delivered a stand-out performance.
Well done to our U/14A rugby team who won their match 31 – 0.
The young rugby lads really enjoyed their first big fixture for the season.
Although the boys struggled to find their rhythm at the start of the match, it was a wonderful display of team rugby when they eventually got going.
Fantastic defense and tackling by the Union side meant that the St Andrew’s offense couldn’t break through.
𝗠𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗴𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻’𝘀 𝗦𝗶𝗯𝗮𝗯𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗲 𝗠𝗯𝘂𝘁𝘆𝗲.
The 𝗨/𝟭𝟯𝗔 team played their first official rugby game of the 2022 season.  The Union team played against the wind in the first half, during which one try was scored against them. The second half went much better and Union managed to score two tries, with a strong defence and solid ball running leading to Union eventually clinching the game 12-10.
𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘣𝘰𝘺𝘴!
𝗨/𝟭𝟭 𝗯𝗼𝘆𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲
On Saturday, 12 March, Union’s u/11A rugby side played their very first match of the season against the boys from Saint Andrew’s School, Bloemfontein.
The game was played on Union’s Murray Field, with the visitors eventually winning 15 – 5.
Jordan Maritz was the try scorer for Union.
The Union boys must be commended, as, not only did they display great team spirit, but a lot of heart and a never-say-die attitude, showing that they have the potential to play great rugby in the years to come.
𝘞𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮!