Vootrekker introduce first-ever night series for schools rugby

2012-02-14 00:00

THE first-ever school rugby night series in Pietermaritzburg will be played this year, starting on Friday. It is being run by Voortrekker High School and will start with three matches on three consecutive Fridays.

The series is the brainchild of the rugby staff at the school and will be known as the Voortrekker Night Rugby Series. This year is a pilot scheme with Voortrekker, Maritzburg College, Westville and Linpark prepared to play on all three Fridays. Other schools that will play one or two matches are Kearsney, Greytown and Howick. KFC will be contributing sponsorship to this first year.

It is essentially early season match practice for the sides involved. The games will be 20 minutes a half with rolling substitutions, so the schools involved can use as many combinations as they need to help prepare their sides for the season.

There will be refreshments on sale at the Pieter Booysen rugby field on the local university campus in Golf Road. If the weather plays along it will be a pleasant few hours of rugby viewing.

Voortrekker will be erecting lights around their rugby field to allow for games to be played at the school grounds from next year.

Port Natal in Durban have run a similar night series over the past two years and are doing so again in 2012. The hosts, Northwood and George Campbell, are regulars at this series.

It must be asked why Glenwood find it necessary to go on an overseas tour — of 10 days in Argentina — in the middle of a school term. Are they an educational institution or a rugby academy?

Should Glenwood not be like the other schools who achieve their pre-season training participating in sevens or playing in night series?

Maritzburg College travelled to play in the @tlantic Sevens tournament hosted by Pionier in Vryheid last weekend.

College won their pool and played Vryheid High School in the quarters, which they won comfortably 28-5. In the semis they played Sarel Cilliers from Newcastle, and after leading at half-time they let the opposition in for three tries in the second half to lose 12-24. In the play-off for the bronze medal they played Vrede from the Free State and won 28-10 to claim the bronze medal.

Sarel Cilliers were the eventual Cup winners, having beaten Pionier 26-12 in the final

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