Nick Gordon
2 minute read
19 Apr 2014
11:30 am

Feast of festival rugby

Nick Gordon

The glut of schoolboy sport continues at the various Easter Festivals, with the weekend usually offering up the biggest and most jovial crowds of the three days of competition.

ON THE RUN. Jeppe Boys' Robert Hartley makes a break in their Easter Festival rugby match against Noordheuwel at St John's on Thursday. Jeppe, who won 28-0, face Paarl Boys today.
Picture: St John's College.

There are several fixtures that catch the eye too as some of the finest young rugby talent strut their stuff in front of an appreciative, and often fervent, support base.

The action at St John’s College is nothing short of mouthwatering given that there are four mega- clashes awaiting visitors to their annual festival.

The hosts got their Easter weekend off to a losing start by going down 29-20 to Hoerskool Nelspruit and will be looking to atone when they meet Scots College, a side from Sydney in Australia, at 1.30pm.

The visitors downed Pretoria Boys High, the school that produced former Springbok skipper John Smit and hooker Chiliboy Rallapele, on the opening day and showed that they came to compete.

Pretoria Boys will take on Hoerskool Nelpsruit in the first of the day’s big clashes at 11.15am with Noordheuwel and Klein Nederburg meeting in the very first match of the day.

The clashes between Paarl Boys and Jeppe Boys is another affair that holds plenty of promise, given that both won on the opening day, while Paul Roos and Waterkloof close out the day in another meeting between two of South African schoolboy rugby’s powerhouses.

A short way up the road at the King Edward VII School (KES) festival, the action begins when Hoerskool Menlopark, who did enough to beat Port Elizabeth’s Grey High 17-16 on the opening day, take on Northwood Boys.

The hosts managed to get their festival off to a winning start by beating Rondebsoch Boys High 13-3 on Thursday, and will look to keep their unbeaten tag when they meet Queens College in the afternoon’s final kick-off.

Other matches will see Hentie Cilliers meet Hoerskool Eldoraigne before Trinityhouse take on Graeme College.

Grey High face Parktown Boys while Rondebosch meet Hoer Landbouskool Marlow.

The festivities continue at St Stithians College as the hosts of the multi-code festival, which includes basketball, netball, tennis and hockey, gear up to face Hilton College in the match of the day.

Hilton edged out South African College Schools (Sacs) 24-23 on the opening day while the hosts prevailed 16-10 over Windhoek High School.

Another clash to look forward to sees Maritzburg College face off against St Andrews while the balance of the fixtures sees Hoerskool Linden take on Wynberg Boys, Windhoek meet St Benedicts and Sacs come up against Helpmekaar.