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Redzwan Kamarudin
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Education, Sports

Saints stay strong

The New Paper | Redzwan Kamarudin | Thursday, May 1, 2014

LONG BATTLE: Saint Andrew's Secondary School (in blue) had to wait six days before reclaiming the B Division title with victory against arch-rivals ACS (I).

SINGAPORE - Ugly weather forced the final to be postponed twice, ensuring both St Andrew's Secondary School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) spent the last week frustrated as they looked to complete the B Division rugby clash.

The Saints were up 11-8 when thunder and lightning struck last Tuesday and the final was called off with 24 minutes left on the clock.

After bad weather affected the effort to resume action 24 hours later, the two teams finally completed the remaining 24 minutes yesterday, and the Saints stood tall in the end, reclaiming the boys' B Division crown with a 21-18 victory over arch-rivals ACS (I) at the Physical and Sports Education Branch rugby field.

DIFFERENCE

With just two minutes left, the Saints scored a try - it was successfully converted - and it made the difference as the ACS (I) boys could not produce their own late heroics.

Speaking to The New Paper after the game, Saints' captain, Viviyan Philip, 15, said: "We wanted this win, and we expected it.

"ACS (I) beat us at the start of the season with a late try, and to get back at them just feels so good.

"I don't think we had any advantage because of the postponed games, but it was really irritating to have to stretch the game over six days when we wanted to get it over with."

The two teams met in a regular season game earlier in the year and ACS(I) squeezed out a 22-21 win after a try in the final 30 seconds.

The ACS (I) boys raised the hopes of their fans yesterday when they scored with a try after the first minute.

Viviyan then responded with a penalty to hand his team a 14-13 lead.

ACS (I) scored another try to move back into the lead but with the clock winding down, the Saints' Adnan Zahrin bulldozed his way through the opposing backline for a try which Viviyan successfully converted.

Nathan Chong, 15, was distraught at the final whistle and the ACS (I) player said: "We gave it our all, but we could have been more composed. You could see that our opponents were more relaxed and disciplined.

"Losing never feels good, and it's hard to take, but we'll come back even stronger."

redzwank@sph.com.sg

This article was published on April 29 in The New Paper.

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