St Andrew's Cross Town
St Andrew’s go up across the road to play Graeme College on Saturday, something they have been doing for years – since 1878, it seems, when Graeme College was then the Public School.
This game may just be the longest lasting rugby game in South Africa, that is a game played according to the rules of the game played at Rugby School, or a local variant of them, in contrast to the game played elsewhere in South Africa, which was a variant of the game played at Winchester School and introduced to South Africa in 1861.
Now, in 2019, the game between St Andrew’s College and Graeme College attracts a great deal of interest, for both schools are keen on their sport and it is mainly the schools which province sporting competition in the city.
Season So Far
St Andrew’s have played nine matches, winning seven, drawing with Grey High of Port Elizabeth and losing to Rondebosch Boys’ High.
Graeme have played 10 matches, winning four, drawing with Dale College of King William’s Town and losing five.
St Andrew’s have been having a better season than Graeme and are ranked 18th on the Top 20. Graeme are not ranked.
As opposition in Grahamstown is limited, both schools play schools well away from Grahamstown and so have had so far no opponents in common.
Graeme College: 15 Lakhanya Sam, 14 Yanga Bangisa, 13 Buhle Planga, 12 Theo Shelle, 11 Lelona Xhaso, 10 Sakhe Kepe, 9 Cody Schmidt, 8 Andrew McCallum, 7 Sonqoba Makalima, 6 Matthew Kirk, 5 Thando Nogaya, 4 Hlomla Maranene, 3 Chumani Tshuni, 2 Sifundo Dube, 1 Thuso Mokhele (captain)
Date: Saturday, 11 May 2019
1st XV kick-off: 15.30
Venue: Somerset Field at Graeme College.
Expected weather conditions: Sunshine with a high of 26°C and a low of 11°C.
12.10: St Andrew’s 5th XV vs Graeme 4th XV
13.15: 3rd XV
14.20: 2nd XV
15.30: 1st XV