Great season for Kloof High rugby

2015-07-07 06:01
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The Kloof High Rugby team.

Photo: supplied The Kloof High Rugby team.

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UNDER the auspices of Neil Smallfield (head of sport) and Jeremy McLaren (head of rugby), Kloof High School has enjoyed another very successful rugby season.

The dynamic duo - backed by a team of qualified and enthusiastic coaches - have created a brand of rugby at the school that is exciting to watch and a and#039;rugby cultureand#039; that pupils want to be a part of. Participation levels are at an all-time high, the boys play with passion and pride and if that isnand#039;t enough already, the results have been great as well.

Head of sport Neil Smallfield sums up the schooland#039;s rugby ethos as follows; and#034;When we coach we aim to coach life skills as well as Rugby skills. “We hope that the boys will learn something about life as well and not just how to play Rugby. If we can achieve that then our job is done. School sport is not just about churning out resultsand#034;.

Over the past three years the schooland#039;s coaching team have aimed to coach an expansive style of rugby that is not only pleasing on the eye but fulfilling for the players as well and with a third of the schooland#039;s boys taking part this certainly seems to be the case. Head of rugby, first team coach and KZN U16 head coach Jeremy McLaren describes his experience of Kloof rugby as follows; and#034;If thereand#039;s something Iand#039;ve learnt from coaching at Kloof these past four years itand#039;s that there are great players in all environments. There are many boys out there that can reach the highest level and it doesnand#039;t only include those that have been brought up with the game. If theyand#039;re willing to work with you they can get there. We trust our structures to help them along the wayand#034;.

The 2015 season has seen the Kloof High School 1st XV go unbeaten in their league. Along the way have been many noteworthy performances, including a first ever win against Port Natal (17-15), memorable matches versus DHS 2nds (19-0), Thomas More College (15-8) and St. Henryand#039;s (32-12) as well as thrilling match-ups against Gelofte (28-19) and more recently Hillcrest at the annual Derby Day between the two schools (26-19). Outside of the league, the Kloof side also secured a third straight Gelofte Night Series title earlier in the season, beating Ashton College, Durban North College and Hillcrest in the pool stages and edging the hosts 12-7 in the final. The team was also unbeaten at the Easter Rugby Festival back in March where they put on a try fest against Edenglen (Gauteng) 83-7 and won a nail-biting affair against Port Shepstone in the tournamentand#039;s feature fixture (18-16) to conclude a very successful tournament. The schooland#039;s U16A and 2nd teams have also had very successful seasons losing just one match each.

The school now looks forward to the 7and#039;s rugby season next term where the 1st team will be taking part in a number of tournaments.

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