PESEB, Evans Road, Thursday, August 15, 2013 – St. Andrew’s Secondary brushed aside the challenge of Raffles Institution to win 68–7 in the semi-finals of the 2013 National C Division Rugby Championship.
This was their eight straight win after they had gone undefeated in seven preliminary round matches. Saints beat defending champions, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 10–7 in the prelims and now look favourites to win their first C Division title in 23 years. St. Andrew’s last won a C Division title in 1990.
The Saints will face ACS(I) in the final after ACS(I) beat St. Joseph’s Institution 39–6 in the other semi-final. These two schools faced each other also in the 2012 final and ACS(I) won that encounter 17–3.
Saints led Raffles 35–0 at half time with five converted tries and were in firm control for most of the match.
After a half-time pep talk, Raffles came charging out to score an early try in the second half through Ziggy Thong with Joses Ng converting to put seven points in RI’s column and make the score 35–7.
However, the boys in blue and white resumed normal service thereafter with another five tries.
Viviyan Philip was almost perfect with his kicking as he successfully converted nine out of 10 attempts. That was on top of a team-high four tries on the day.
Ramadan Adan (1), Emanuel Chen (1), Sean Er (2) and Timothy Pan (2) were the other try scorers for St. Andrew’s.
St. Andrew’s will play ACS(I) in the C Division final on Thursday, August 22, at Yio Chu Kang Stadium. Kick off is 5pm.
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