Three ‘must-see’ clashes at Easter festivals

2013-03-28 00:00

THE two top schools’ Easter Festivals in KZN will have some “must-see” contests taking place.

The Kearsney Festival begins this morning and the Maritzburg College 150th start on Saturday. On Monday both festivals will have games, but next Wednesday only play at the College Festival takes place.

Today is a good day to be at Kearsney, with six matches throughout the day.

The top three matches are likely to be Glenwood against Paul Roos at midday, Grey College against Boland Landbou (1.15 pm) and the final match (3.45 pm) when Westville play against Paarl Gym.

The players to look out for in the Glenwood side are fullback Morné Joubert, wing Corne Vermaak and loose forwards Rupert Kay and Wandi Mazibuko.

Against them in the Paul Roos team are highly rated prop JP Botha, who weighs 110 kg, and loose forwards Pieta Smith and Christo van der Merwe.

Grey College, who will again be strong this year, have prop Ruan Kramer at 117 kg and loose forwards Reinardt Arndt and Marius Louw as stand out players in the pack.

They are reported to have a good backline, with fullback EW Viljoen, centre Carel Durow and flyhalf Michael Andrade the players to watch.

Westville will have a difficult game against Paarl Gym and their strong pack. For Westville, centre Brad Ellse, flank Andre de la Rey and prop Matt Jackson are arguably their top players. Jackson is the heaviest player at the festival, weighing 128 kg.

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