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Ashburton College v StAC - Match Report May 29
After what had been a shocking week of wet weather the grounds at Ashburton looked surprisingly firm. St Andrew’s College started strongly by controlling the ball in hand and were rewarded with a try in the first five minutes by Ash McConville in the corner after structured backline play – the conversion proved too difficult for Richie Mounga from wide out in wet conditions.
Further dominance by St Andrew’s College with ball in hand saw St Andrew’s College take in a good lineout ball and strong forward drive saw Chris Johnstone score in the same corner – again the conversions was too big an ask for Richie from wide out. Score 10-0 after ten minutes and St Andrew’s College looked like they were going to dominate the game.
Ashburton College then came back strongly – once they got inside their attacking half this spurred them along and they controlled the ball well in the forwards. St Andrew’s College worked hard to protect their line and managed to clear. Good lineout ball on half way and sleek moving through the St Andrew’s College backs saw Todd Henderson rewarded with a good try in the corner again.
From kick off Ashburton with their never say die attitude, some good lineout and forward play saw them finally rewarded with a well deserved try from a good drive from the lineout. Again the conversions were elusive in the heavy conditions. Half time score 15-5.
The second half saw the ball see sawing from end to end with both sides protecting their line. St Andrew’s College had a strong period camped in the Ashburton College 22 with numerous penalties awarded and STAC using their forward dominance were determined to score their bonus point try – eventually it came from another penalty and George Webster slid in for a well deserved try.
The play was again even with both sides having opportunities, St Andrew’s College Harry Railton stormed down the sideline for a try in the corner only to be called back for a forward pass. St Andrews were finally rewarded after a good backline move and Junior Sitagata strong running saw him dot down for another try in the corner. St Andrew’s College used their entire bench to insure all players were given a run, all new players coming on fitted in well to the game.
It wasn’t a day for the kickers with no conversions going over however most kicks were from the sideline – Ashburton should be proud of their performance that showed determination good lineouts and some good forward driving, St Andrew’s College forwards had a good game and the backs showed signs of well structured movements. Final score 25-5.
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