Floodlights add exciting dimension to schools rugby

2008-03-13 00:00

Schools rugby starts with a bang over the next two weeks with a number of festivals over the Easter weekend. This Saturday, the Voortrekker one-day festival will be held in Pietermaritzburg and, this evening, the first inter-school set of fixtures takes place between rivals DHS and Maritzburg College.

For the first time a local interschool rugby fixture, other than a festival, is being held on the last weekend of the first quarter. There are two main reasons for this early start, one being to fit in two fixtures between Maritzburg College and DHS in a crowded local fixture list. The second and probably chief reason, is the opening of floodlights around the Van Heerden Field at DHS.

The lights were given to DHS by the DHS Old Boys Club, which has now amalgamated with Glenwood Old Boys. The lights would have been little used at the club and were offered to the school. DHS have accepted the lights, with some eager anticipation for a change in their normal rugby routine.

This evening at DHS there will be a series of four matches starting at 4.30 pm, with a brief ceremony to turn on the lights. Then on Saturday the majority of the normal matches in the various age groups will take place at the school.

The second XV’s of the two schools meet at 4.30 pm. They will be followed by DPHS playing a Durban Development under-13 team. The match that will be most anticipated will be the first team XV’s of the two schools and then an Old Boys’ U20 XV, the new amalgamated club, against College Rovers U20. The evening’s rugby will finish at about 9 pm.

Among the two U20 teams there will be a number of ex-players from DHS and College and this should add to the rivalry between these two longstanding rugby schools.

Over the Easter weekend, the two schools will each play three matches at the festivals that each is participating in and only after that will a better assessment of their ability in 2008 be able to be made.

DHS will be playing at the inaugural House of Paint Rugby Festival, hosted by Kearsney and College will travel to Johannesburg to participate in the 13th annual St John’s Festival.

DHS will play against HTS Middelburg, Affies from Pretoria and Marais Viljoen from Gauteng. College come up against Daniel Pienaar from the Eastern Cape, hosts St Johns and Paul Roos from Stellenbosch.

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