KZN rugby body saddened by decision

2014-08-23 00:00

THE body that administers KZN schoolboy rugby is disappointed to hear that Glenwood and Hilton will no longer clash on the rugby field.

KZN High School Rugby Association (KZNHSRA) chairperson Noel Ingle spoke to Weekend Witness yesterday and said he was saddened by the decision made by the schools.

“It is disappointing that Hilton and Glenwood aren’t playing each other and we would like them to try and sort the issue out,” he said.

Ingle described the relationship between KZN schools as friendly.

“The fixtures are decided on a friendly basis — the schools all sit down and decide who they will play …” he said.

The initial concerns that serious injuries could occur from mismatches between unbalanced teams was downplayed by Ingle.

“We have the Boksmart system in place and we hope that coaches and referees are sensitive to it. We will stop a game if there is an apparent mismatch. No one wants to see guys get injured or teams lose by big margins,” he said.

He did clarify that the KZNHSRA does not decide which schools should play each other based on performance levels. The schools draw up the fixtures together, which mainly considers the number of teams a school has.

In terms of Glenwood’s perceived dominance, Ingle could only give the school credit for an outstanding programme.

“Glenwood’s structures are very good; we have to give them credit. They are excellent and their programme is bearing fruit. They are competitive locally and nationally; their three SA schools players this year is testament to that,” he said.

However, he wants to see a more level playing field between all schools.

“Winning is very important in South African culture but there must be balance. What I see is that there is increasing importance on proper conditioning programmes and good coaching.”

He said he respects Hilton’s decision and hopes they will be playing Glenwood again in the seasons to come.

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