Future rugby stars perform at Glenwood U13 festival

2014-04-01 00:00

GLENWOOD High School hosted their annual U13 rugby festival for primary schools from March 28 to 30, with 20 schools participating.

Besides schools from in and around Durban, there was strong representation from many schools around the country, leading to a healthy competition on the field.

Spectators were treated to rugby with a difference as the youngsters, playing barefoot, were intent on scoring tries, resulting in an approach of flair and determination.

With nothing to lose, running rugby was the order of the day and, playing on larger fields, the key to success was having a set of fast running backs to stretch their legs and cross the whitewash in some impressive tries.

Some of the players were seasoned campaigners and their strengths started coming through as the festival progressed, while for others, the opportunity allowed them to express themselves in an environment where they felt comfortable, despite many anxious coaches on the side.

A development side also participated and organisers were encouraged by what they saw in the team. Playing under the auspices of the KZN Rugby Union, the team measured up well over the weekend and their coaches were commended on producing and uncovering some fine talent.

From what was on offer and how the teams played, there was a feeling of confidence that the future of rugby in the province and beyond is well and strong.

Each school played five matches, kicking off on Friday, with two matches on Saturday and Sunday.

At the final whistle, there were some tired legs and players, but rugby was the overall winner.

The organisers thanked the various sponsors involved who continue to support the festival.

Participating schools: Amanzimtoti Primary, DPHS (two teams), Glenwood Prep, Penzance Primary, Dale College, Booysens Primary, Egerton Primary, Laerskool Concordia, Laerskool Elarduspark, Laerskool Nelspruit, Monument Primary, Pelham Primary (two teams), Richards Bay Primary, Scottburgh Primary, Stirling Primary, Umhlali Primary, DRSU, Johannesburg Junior Bobbies, KZN Development.

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