Schools rugby fest: impact players

2012-04-06 12:11

With a proliferation of Easter rugby festivals, some tournaments were bound to be diluted.

While the Kearsney festival has managed to attract some of South Africa’s top schools, the 29th edition of the St Stithians Easter Rugby Festival had some marvellous rugby on show.

Here are a few players who made an impact yesterday:

Kyle Steyn (Trinityhouse)
Even though they beat Graeme College 40-17, Trinityhouse did not have it their way – especially in the first half when Graeme College looked like they were going to run Trinityhouse off their feet.

However, the fullback kept his team in the game with his accurate boot. When his forwards allowed him the time and space, Steyn showed a full repertoire of tricks. His tactical kicking ensured his forwards were kept in the game.

Eddie Samutela (St Stithians)
A concerted team effort from Noord Kaap ensured that St Stithians were condemned to a 34-12 defeat, but right wing Samutela fought bravely against the tide.

In what was a static backline, he made the most of the ball that came his way and also scored a superb try, brushing off two would-be tacklers on his way.

He had pace and a mean sidestep, which he used to good effect. With more ball and space, he will be a handful for defences over the weekend.

Sven Riemers (Windhoek High School)
The openside flanker was a battering ram for the Namibian school in their 62-24 win over the Standard Bank Invitational XV.

The open, flowing game allowed him to punch holes in the defence at will, but he was also effective in the tight exchanges, where they were dominant.

Riemers will be tested against sterner defences, but he is going to be a handful for any player standing in his way.

Wade Worthington (Northwood High)
What the inside centre-cum-fullback lack in pace, he made up with a good rugby mind and heart.

He was instrumental in his school’s 14-13 win over Kingswood College from Grahamstown with his excellent defensive and attacking coordination.

When he was off for a few minutes through injury, Northwood conceded a try, but he made up for it by scoring the match-winning try.

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