Schools Rugby Festival

2008-06-25 00:00

The biannual Independent Schools Rugby Festival, introduced in 1984, takes place next week at St Benedict’s College in Bedfordview, writes MIKE HILL.

This coincides with St Benedict’s 50th anniversary and in that half-century the school has improved to become competitive on the sportsfield among top schools.

There are five local Independent schools that will make the trip next week, three of them from the KZN midlands.

Although the festival comes in the week before Craven Week, there is a camp for KZN Craven Week players at the same time. The Academy Week in Paarl will be coming to an end and it is likely that those players will also be absent.

The local school hardest hit will be Michaelhouse, which will be without six top players, but they will undoubtedly still give a good account of themselves. St Charles and Hilton will also be playing, along with St Henry’s and Thomas More.

There are 20 independent schools represented, including two schools from Zimbabwe. Two Invitation sides have also been invited, from the Lions and from the Bulls.

St Charles have a tough three fixtures, with the last match against St David’s probably being their easiest. St Andrew’s and St John’s on two successive days will be difficult.

Michaelhouse and Hilton both play against St Benedict’s. who lost last week to St Charles.

Fixtures involving KZN Schools:

Wednesday July 2: St Henrys vs Penryn; Thomas Moore vs Woodridge; Hilton vs Helpmekaar; St Charles vs St Andrew’s; Michaelhouse vs St Benedict’s.

Thursday July 3: Thomas More vs Penryn; St Henry’s vs St Andrew’s; Michaelhouse vs Falcon (Zim); Hilton vs St Benedict’s; St Charles vs

St John’s.

Saturday July 5: St Henry’s vs Woodridge; Thomas More vs Somerset; St Charles vs St David’s; Michaelhouse vs St Stithian’s; Hilton vs St John’s.

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