Cape Town - A
slow start, ill-discipline and unforced errors cost the SA Schools team
as they went down by 30-28 to Wales in their opening match of the
International Series at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch on Friday
flyhalf Cai Evans contributed 20 points with the boot through six
penalty goals and a conversion. No 8 Lennon Greggains scored both his
the South Africans, fullback Kennedy Mpeku, replacement flank Mark
Snyman and replacement hooker Morne Brandon scored tries, but Lance
team were left rueing many missed opportunities to score.
home team were on the back foot from the start.
Greggains opened the
scoring in the second minute with his first try and Evans added the
and a penalty goal to see the Welsh lead by 10-0 after only five
try saw the hosts close the gap to 10-5, but Evans added three more
penalty goals while the SA Schools team failed to convert a number of
closed the gap to 19-14 thanks to three penalty goals in the third
quarter by flyhalf Christopher Schreuder, but Evans’ fifth penalty goal
Greggains' second try, in the 57th minute, when the SA Schools team were a man down with Dylan Richardson in the sin bin, all but sealed the result.
added a sixth penalty goal with seven minutes left, after which the
hosts launched a spirited fightback, with Snyman and Brandon crossing
converted tries, but it was too little too late for the SA Schools team.
"We were slow at the start and a bit lethargic, which could have been because of a hard training week," said Sendin.
sped things up in the second half and I think the boys showed a lot of
character to get the points and fix what went wrong in the first half,
unfortunately it wasn't enough. I'm still proud of the effort they
showed late in the match though."
the first match of the day, England beat France by 24-8 after leading
19-3 at the break.
In the second round of action, on Tuesday 15 August
Paarl Gymnasium, England face Wales (14h15) and the SA Schools team take
on France (16h00).
Tries: Kennedy Mpeku, Mark Snyman, Morne Brandon.
Conversions: Sanele Nohamba (2).
Penalty goals: Christopher Schreuder (3).
Tries: Lennon Greggains (2).
Conversion: Cai Evans.
Penalty goals: Evans (6).