The encounter between Windhoek Gymnasium and Graeme College was one that was especially thrilling in the first half, where Windhoek enjoyed a slender 15-12 lead at the break, only to pull away in the second half ending up 37-24 victors on Burger field, at the St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival sponsored by Standard Bank.
The game got underway with both sides having shaky starts, with a lot of handling errors coming in the way of progressive attacking moves. Windhoek often looked to use their powerful forwards to breakdown the defence of their opponent, whilst Graeme College relied on keeping the ball in hand within their backs, that opted to run it and evade Windhoek defenders through the use of their fancy footwork.
Unfortunately, both teams found it difficult inside the first 10 mins of the game, to keep the moves flowing, with the ball in hand, with too many handling errors coming in the way. Windhoek was however the first team to get on the scoreboard, with Graeme keeping within touching distance. At the end, it was Windhoek who enjoyed a slim 15-12 lead at the interval.
When play resumed for the second half, Windhoek came out a different outfit, with their forwards bulldozing their way over a number of times. Flanker Jaco Enslin was the standout of the lot, crashing over twice, on both occasions making powerful runs through a few defenders.
Herschell van Wyk was also threatening on a number of Windhoek attacks, with the Graeme College players showing signs of fatigue late in the half. Graeme flyhalf Lakhanya Sam was the standout for the boys from the Eastern Cape, who really dipped in form in the second half, and eventually went down 37-24.
Windhoek Gimnasium 37 (15) - Tries: Jaco Enslin (2), Altus Opperman, Herschell van Wyk, Mell Theunissen, Wian Loubser. Conversions: Cornez Liebenberg (2). Penalty: Liebenberg. Graeme College 24 (12) - Tries: Yanga Bangisa (2), Buhlebethu Planga, Thuso Mokhele. Conversions: Lakhanya Sam (2).