KZN schools don’t fare too well

2008-03-31 00:00

There was a good deal of excitement ahead of the six Easter rugby festivals held over the Easter weekend. All the top rugby-playing schools in the province were involved in one of these. Some of them had had one or two matches prior to the weekend, while others played their first match on the first day of the festival.

KwaZulu-Natal schools in general did not fare very well against the better opposition. Hilton and St Charles were the only KwaZulu-Natal schools to win all three matches, but only one of the teams beaten can be considered as one of the better sides. Hilton won two matches, significantly against Boland Landbou by just one point and also by a single point against Parktown and then won narrowly against the hosts St Stithians.

St Charles, at the Krugersdorp Festival, were probably the strongest school there, winning comfortably, with their toughest encounter against the hosts, which they won 15-5.

Glenwood and Michaelhouse won two of their three matches. Glenwood certainly look the side to beat in the province this year. They lost the first match against quality opposition Paarl BHS and then caused the surprise of the St John’s Festival, by comprehensively beating Paul Roos.

Michaelhouse in Port Elizabeth at the Grey HS Festival lost to the hosts, but beat two second-tier sides.

DHS and Westville both won one match, DHS at the Kearsney Festival and Westville at the KES Festival. DHS played two quality sides, losing to Affies narrowly in their first match and then being thumped by Middelburg THS in the last game.

Westville lost to St Andrews from Grahamstown and Jeppe, both by a single point, but won easily against weaker opposition.

Maritzburg College, Kearsney and Northwood each lost the three games played. Northwood at the Krugersdorp Festival were disappointing. College at the St John’s Festival lost to Paul Roos in the last match and earlier to the hosts and Daniel Pienaar.

The majority of tries scored against them came from their own mistakes. Kearsney disappointed their supporters at their inaugural festival by losing to the Border schools, Selborne, Dale and Queens.

KZN school results

At St Johns: Glenwood 14-29 vs Paarl BHS; 26-7 vs Paul Roos; 60-0 vs FNB Invitation; Maritzburg College 12-22 vs Daniel Pienaar; 8-24 vs St Johns; 8-29 vs Paul Roos.

At KES: Westville 24-25 vs Jeppe; 17-18 vs St Andrews; 32-8 vs Rob Ferreira

At St Stithians: Hilton 15-14 vs Parktown; 18-15 vs St Stithians; 16-15 vs Boland Landbou

At Grey HS: Michaelhouse 38-7 vs Middelburg HS; 11-19 vs Grey HS; 27-6 vs Graeme

At Kearsney: DHS 17-22 vs Affies; 30-21 vs Marais Viljoen; 0-27 vs HTS Middelburg: Kearsney 24-39 vs Selborne; 14-40 vs Dale; 18-34 vs Queens

At Krugersdorp: St Charles 49-14 vs Nic Diedericks; 15-5 vs Krugersdorp; 56-3 vs Cornwall Hill: Northwood 5-12 vs CBC Boksburg; 3-57 vs Monument II; vs Krugersdorp.

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