Probably the biggest schools rugby game in Port Elizabeth last weekend was the derby match between the visitors from St Andrews in Grahamstown and Grey PE.
Not how I would normally spend my Saturday afternoon (watching schoolboy rugby), but I was told that there could be a potential Shark in the making .
I am pleased to report that schoolboy rugby in the Eastern Cape is still being played in high spirit and traditional rugby playing schools still support their teams with songs and war cries, oh yes and also the old boys chirping from the side line and letting everyone know what happened when they played five – six years ago.
It would probably be unfair to rate these two teams on just one game, but from kick off Grey just looked a better side, with some big boys among the forwards and a few solid back line players.
Grey scored most of their points in the 1st half playing with a slight breeze from behind and the sun directly in the eyes of the St Andrews boys causing trouble at times.
It was a game of two halves with Grey dominating in the 1st 40 and St Andrews only really coming to the party in the second, after a long chat at the break by their coaches. St Andrews did score the try of the day in my opinion, with a classic blind side 8, 9, 14 move with the fullback joining the line and eventually drawing the Grey fullback to pass back inside to the wing to finish off the move.
On the day the boys from Grey, currently 12th on the FNB Top 20 list, were just a bit too strong for the boys from St Andrews beating them 35-16.
Last 3 results between these two sides:
2010 SAC 20 – Grey 13
2011 SAC 16 – Grey 38
2012 SAC 16 – Grey 35
Another reason for spending the afternoon at Grey was to watch a young lad who is joining the Sharks Academy next year, Justin Ferrant. With not too many opportunities on the day, Justin’s distribution to his backline was crisp and one or two well placed territorial kicks from behind the ruck.
I am confident in Justin joining the Sharks Academy – it’s a step in the right direction, as he is pursuing his dream to play for the Sharks one day, and to follow in the footsteps of so many Eastern Cape boytjies before him of which most recent and worth a mention, Tim Whitehead (Grey PE).
All the best to Justin and his future plans.
Full Name: Justin Jean Ferrant
School: St Andrews College
Position: Scrumhalf (9)
Favorite team: Sharks
Favorite rugby player: Will Genia
Reasons for going to the Sharks Academy: The reason why I am keen to sign up at the Sharks Academy is because it is a rugby academy of excellence , I am keen to play serious rugby in the future and I believe the Sharks Academy will give me the training I need, I am a passionate Sharks supporter and I want to go where my loyalties lie. I admire the rugby players the Sharks Academy produces, I want to be one of those rugby players.