Festivals: Mixed fortunes for Northwood in Vryheid

2013-04-09 00:00

TWO other school rugby festivals took place over the Easter holidays, the Nashua Vryheid Festival — one of the oldest in the country — and the Independent Schools U15 festival held at Hilton.

The Vryhed festival featured a number of middle-tier schools, two Zimbabwe schools, third-tier schools and sides from Water­kloof, Affies and Westville, which were essentially mixtures of second and third XV players not selected for the squads at the festivals where their first XVs were playing.

Fixtures are only announced for the first day; in the next two rounds the fixtures are arranged on strength, a wise move given that there are schools of different abilities.

On the last day, the last two matches involve four sides that the organisers consider to be the biggest crowd-pullers, due to their results and the brand of rugby played.

Northwood had a tough first-round match against Sarel Cilliers followed by an equally tough game against the Afrikaans Hoër Kroonstad, which they won 19-14 and 20-10 respectively. On the last day they played in the final game against Pionier, the top Northern KZN school, losing 10-17.

The Westville XV played in the penultimate match against hosts Vryheid, winning by two tries to one, 14-7.

The U15 Festival at Hilton had 17 independent school teams playing, with one unfortunately withdrawing.

It was then decided to play two 25-minute games on each of the three days of the Festival.

Kearsney and St Charles were the only two schools to win all six of their matches.

— Own Correspondent.

VRYHEID RESULTS:

Round 1: Parys 6 Dbn Akademie 5; Affies IV 38 Eshowe 5; Port Shepstone 19 Prince Edward (Zim) 15; Ligbron Akad 20 Waterkloof XV 0; Grens 26 Richardsbaai 15; Northwood 19 Sarel Cilliers 14; Affies III 23 Piet Retief 22; AHS Kroonstad 24 Westville 15; Pionier 14 Churchill (Zim) 15; Vryheid 8 Kuswag 3.

Round 2: Waterkloof XV 13 Richardsbaai 13; Eshowe 15 Parys 10; Churchill (Zim) 38 Kuswag 10; Prince Edward (Zim) 36 Dbn Akademie 8; Westville 6 Affies IV 5; Piet Retief 17 Sarel Cilliers 7; Ligbron Akad 39 Port Shepstone 0; Affies III 24 Grens 5; Northwood 20 AHS Kroonstad 10; Pionier 27 Vryheid 0.

Final Round: Kuswag 26 Richardsbaai 15; AHS Kroonstad 71 Churchill (Zim) 19; Port Shepstone 36 Eshowe 19; Sarel Cilliers 17 Waterkloof XV 12; Piet Retief 22 Grens 3; Affies IV 64 Durban Akademie 0; Affies III 26 Ligbron 19; Westville 14 Vryheid 7; Pionier 17 Northwood 10.

Hilton Festival results (KZN schools only):

Kearsney: 7-3 St Andrews (G), 19-0 St Davids, 34-0 Uplands, 7-0 Woodridge, 14-5 St Andrews (Bloemfontuin)

Michaelhouse: 31-0 St Andrews (B), 20-0 Penryn, 17-7 St Andrews (G), 15-10 St Albans, 8-8 Kingswood, 45-0 Clifton

Hilton: 33-0 St Dunstans, 5-0 St Davids, 14-19 Kingswood, 45-0 Clifton, 7-3 St Andrews (G), 0-7 St Albans

St Charles: 3-0 Penryn, 27-0 Uplands, 19-0 St Dunstans, 21-0 Ashton, 36-3 Woodhill, 7-0 St Andrews (B),

Clifton: 14-7 Woodridge, 0-45 Hilton, 0-33 Kingswood, 10-7 St Dunstans, 0-45 Michaelhouse

Thomas More: 0-19 St Albans, 0-15 St Andrews (G), 0-26 St Andrews (B), 3-0 Woodridge, 0-14 St Davids, 7-8 Uplands

Ashton: 20-5 Woodridge, 0-27 Kingswood, 0-19 St Albans, 17-0 St Dunstans, 0-21 St Charles.

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