Independent schools rugby festival: Michaelhouse win all three matches

2012-07-17 00:00

DURING the school holidays the biannual independent schools rugby festival took place at Penryn College in Nelspruit. With Craven Week starting immediately after this festival, no Craven Week players were participating.

There were a total of 15 independent schools from South Africa and one from Zimbabwe.

The schools that were hardest hit without their Craven Week players were Michaelhouse and Kearsney, with six and three players respectively. The only other three schools that did have players at Craven week were Hilton, St Johns and St Stithians, each missing one player.

Kearsney also missed players that were on a cricket tour to the UK and in their choir which was singing in the World Choir Games in the U.S., where they won a gold medal in the Folklore category.

The three rugby players arguably made the biggest difference as they all made the 50 from which the SA U18 team will be selected.

Although Michaelhouse lost six players they were still able to win their three matches comfortably and with their results, must have been the strongest side at the festival. Bishops, one of the stronger of the independent schools, did not participate this year.

The indpendent schools from KZN, in addition to the three already named, were Clifton and Thomas More. The results over the three matches of the KZN schools are given below.

Day 1: Clifton 37 CBC Bulawayo 19; Hilton 26 St Benedicts 14; Kearsney 9 St Albans 38; Michaelhouse 57 St Stithians 13; Thomas More 10 Uplands 24

Day 2: Clifton 13 Woodridge 9; Hilton 31 St Albans 7; Kearsney 20 St Andrews (Gstn) 52; Michaelhouse 62 St Davids 26; Thomas More 0 St Andrews (Bftn) 22 Day 3: Clifton 13 Uplands 12; Hilton 27 St Stithians 10; Kearsney 15 St Johns 27; Michaelhouse 45 St Albans 19; Thomas More 22 CBC Bulawayo 18

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