The FNB Classic Clashes got underway in Windhoek over the weekend with St Georges beating St Paul’s College 4-0 in soccer, while Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaat Skool (WAP) beat Moria Private School from Outjo 21-5 in rugby.
On Friday, a crowd of about 300 fans packed the Ramblers stadium for the annual contest between St Georges and St Paul’s College, encouraging their teams throughout the encounter with constant singing and chanting.
St Georges were the defending champions after winning last year’s encounter on penalties, but this time they outplayed St Paul’s from the start to easily win the match 4-0.
Luciano Vierira gave St Georges the lead shortly before halftime with a stinging shot that St Pauls’ keeper Solomon Kint could only parry into the roof of his net.
St Georges took complete control of the match after two errors by Kint within the space of two minutes early in the second half.
First Kint could not control a back pass that took an awkward bounce and rolled into an empty net, and then from the restart, Ndangi Angula sent a long range effort over Kint’s head and high into the net.
The result was done and dusted, and St Georges added further insult to injury when striker Peter Iita scored on a counterattack midway through the second half to give St Georges an emphatic 4-0 victory.
WAP beat Moria
On Saturday, Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaat Skool and Moria Private School from Outjo met in Windhoek for their annual rugby encounter at the Wanderers field in Windhoek.
WAP were the defending champions and once again proved too strong for their northern rivals.
The match had barely started before WAP took the lead when flyhalf Dewald Descande scored a great individual try, jinxing his way past several defenders to score behind the posts, with eighthman Eugene Struwig adding the conversion.
Midway through the first half, Moria opened their account with an unconverted try by centre 12 but that would be their only points.
WAP piled on the pressure with constant attacks in the second half and stretched their lead to 14-5 after a great try by right wing Jayden Bussel. He caught Moria off-guard with a quick tap penalty close to his own tryline and raced the length of the field to dive over in the right hand corner.
WAP’s hard working flanker Robert Mbeeli scored their third and final try after another great solo run and with Struwig adding both conversions they ran out comfortable 21-5 winners.
Mbeeli, who gave a fine all-round performance in attack and defence was named as the man of the match.
The FNB Classic Clashes continue this coming Saturday, June 23 with two matches scheduled for the coast.
Coastal High School will take on Swakopmund Secondary School in a soccer encounter in Swakopmund, while S I Gobs Secondary School will take on Kuisebmund Secondary School in a soccer match in Walvis Bay.