A missed conversion saw SA Schools A go down 18-17 against Wales at Paarl Boys’ High on Saturday.
The first half was a tight affair. Each side lost a player to a yellow card during the first 15 minutes, but SA Schools A scored a try from a rolling maul by flanker Francke Horn.
However, the hosts suffered a blow shortly before the break as flyhalf Tyrone Green was sin-binned, but their solid defence throughout the half limited Wales to a penalty despite their determined efforts to cross the chalk.
Wales continued to threaten in the opening exchanges of the second half, which allowed scrumhalf Dane Blacker to dash to the tryline for an 8-7 lead while Green was still in the sin bin.
SA Schools A fullback Austin Davids missed a penalty soon after, but Green pushed the side ahead with a stunning try after kicking the ball through and gathering to touch down.
But Wales then scored two tries, and while Mark Snyman scored a vital try for the hosts in the last minute, the conversion was unsuccessful.
‘I am very disappointed, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to,’ said SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus. ‘But looking back at the tournament as a whole, it was a fantastic opportunity for the players to measure themselves against international competition.’
SA Schools A – Tries: Francke Horn, Mark Snyman, Tyrone Green. Conversion: Austin Davids.
Wales – Tries: Cameron Lewis, Corey Baldwin, Dane Blacker. Penalty: Ben Jones.
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