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Victory on Weaver!

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 | Academic

Last weekend saw another victory on Weaver Field versus St John’s College.  The game was a closely-contested one where the Dragons were definitely the underdogs after our poor results at the recent Dairibord (formerly Cottco) Festival.

St John’s scored first but Saints quickly replied with a well-worked try from fullback Julian Tafireyi, making it 7-5.  Unfortunately a silly error allowed St John’s to re-take the lead with their second try, followed by a penalty – score, 7-15.

There was some solid defensive work and sensible tactical kicking which allowed Saints to score its second try through wing Matthew Bunu – score now 12-15.  But yet another silly error after kick-off allowed St John’s to convert a penalty, taking them into the lead at 18-12.

A simple half-time chat seemed to change the game completely – the boys in red became energised and seemed to play the better rugby.  A hard-earned turnover allowed Saints the space needed to move the ball and Bunu scored his second try in the corner, taking the College to 17-18.  Our tails were up and we put St John’s under a great deal of pressure.

Stress began to tell and Jeremy Munyeza scored our fourth try under the posts to make it 24-18.  But daft penalties allowed St John’s to kick its way into Saints’ 22m area, giving them an opportunity to score in the corner with just 10 minutes left in the game – score now 23-24.

Undeterred, Saints went back on the attack and camped in St John’s territory for most of the remaining minutes until a mad error just one metre from the line allowed a turnover and the opponents kicked the ball up-field and chased it.  Russell Biyason, our fly half received a yellow card for holding the St John’s wing back, which resulted in a penalty just inside the College half with one nail-biting minute left in play.  Our opponents elected to kick at posts but missed.  Saints failed to kick the ball out but St John’s were back in their half and with no time left on the clock the visitors were awarded a penalty which they kicked into touch.

St George’s won the lineout and kicked the ball into the stands to end the game 24-23 – victorious to the absolute delight of the masses of crowds!