Saints hang on to end 23-year hoodoo

Saints hang on to end 23-year hoodoo
Tantham Kitiarsa (yellow and blue stripes), from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS(I)), chasing down Viviyan Philip (right) from St Andrew’s Secondary School (SAS), during the Schools National C Division rugby championship. St Andrew's won 14-13.

Saint Andrew's Secondary School clinched their first C Division rugby title in 23 years after a thrilling 14-13 win over Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) at Yio Chu Kang Stadium yesterday.

In a tense and enthralling encounter between two rugby giants of the schools scene, the Saints, who last won the competition in 1990, turned in a solid defensive performance and held their nerves despite a late rally from the defending champions.

The win meant the Saints finished the season unbeaten.

It was a proud day for captain Viviyan Philip. The 14-year-old (left) played a starring role, scoring a try and making two conversions.

"Winning is already good enough, but making history with my school... that's beyond words," said the Secondary 2 student.

"We had one motive at the beginning of the year. We trained so hard for this, and we've got it."

Even though ACS (I) began the match on the attack, the Saints were resolute in defence and clinical on offence, racing to a 14-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Forward Bryan Liau opened the scoring with a 13th-minute try and Viviyan completed the conversion. Viviyan then converted his own try seven minutes later.

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