Easter rugby festival to kick off

2012-04-05 00:00

IF you are a schoolboy rugby lover then Kearsney in Bothas Hill is the place to be today. The Easter Festival, which starts this morning, has 12 of the top South African schools on show in six matches.

The day starts with the hosts playing against Selborne from East London.

Both these teams were at the Grey High Festival in Port Elizabeth and they will have strategies in place in order to nullify the possible strengths in the opposition.

Kearsney were disappointed in their loss against Nico Malan, a game that they should have won and then although they played better, they lost their second game against Paul Roos — arguably the top side at that festival.

Selborne also didn’t do as well as expected losing against SACS from Cape Town and then squeaking in a win against Framesby.

Grey College have played two low-key games without revealing too much. They come up against Paarl Gym and it should produce some fireworks in the third match.

Westville play just after lunch against Dale College.

Much will depend on how much ball Dale can win in the tight phases. This is the area where Westville could dominate, but they have been hard hit by injuries.

The last match sees Glenwood against Monument.

The latter lost surprisingly against Outeniqua but have won their four other matches.

They will have some big forwards which will test the local team. Glenwood, after playing at the Pukke Festival which ended on Monday, could find it hard to pick themselves up after a disappointing start to the season where they have lost two matches and narrowly won two from the five matches they played.

Other to watch are Affies, who should win their game against EG Jansen, and Paul Roos against Queens which should go the way of the Stellenbosch team.

Todays fixtures: 08:30 Kearsney vs Selborne, 09:45 Affies vs EG Jansen, 11:00 Grey vs Paarl Gym, 12:15 Penzance Primary vs Umhlali Prep, 13:15 Dale vs Westville, 14:30 Paul Roos vs Queens, 15:45 Glenwood vs Monument.

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