Pietersburg And Pearson Hit Rich Vein Of Form

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Up for it !  Hermanus secure line-out possession during their 10-42 defeat to EP big guns Die Brandwag
on Monday 21 March at the Oakdale Festival. (photo courtesy of Lunchbox Photography)

The most impressive performances on the second day of the two Western Cape schools rugby festivals came from visitors who had travelled a long way to show off their skills.

At the Tony Stoops Rugby Festival at Tygerberg Limpopo giants Pietersburg inflicted a crushing eight-try 50-10 defeat on Worcester Gym, while Port Elizabeth’s Pearson did their profile no harm by trouncing Western Province Premier B side Monument Park 53-8 in Riversdale.

The Bosvarke, who, ironically enough, had themselves meted out a 55-0 thrashing to Jeugland just two days earlier, didn’t know what hit them as the side from the far northern reaches of the country ran in eight tries, all but one of them coming from their lethal backline.

Without having to resort to fancy rugby, the Limpopo lads exploited every little gap they could find, with fly-half Pieter Kruger marshalling the fast men outside him with cool maturity.  Wings André Viljoen and François de Beer and outside centre JV Coertze were happy to accept the chances which came their way, each dotting down twice.

Pearson, a team on the rise in the Windy City, scored seven times against the Parkies, their main contributor being outside centre Rodwill Baaitjies, who registered two tries, six conversions and two penalties for a personal haul of 28 points.

Tygerberg put on another very ordinary performance against Ermelo-based Ligbron Academy, slumping to a second consecutive defeat, 24-36.

The only result to raise the eyebrows in Parow saw unfancied Oudtshoorn put on a fine all-round performance to defeat Swartland, who had impressed on Saturday, 22-10.  The Rockies threw everything they had at the Struisies in the latter stages, but couldn’t make any headway against a determined defence.

The closest result on a day of several saw Hugenote lose 15-16 to Nico Malan, a penalty try and red card in the second last minute allowing the Humansdorp side to sneak home 16-15.

Hosts Oakdale were made to fight all the way before lowering the colours of Kimberley’s Diamantveld 17-3, Overberg put on a spirited display to see off Upington by an impressive 21-point margin, 26-5 and Durbanville had 17 points by flyhalf Renier van Rooyen to thank for their 22-19 triumph over Sentraal of Bloemfontein.

The other WP second tier sides also celebrated victories, Bellville beating Potchefstroom Gym 14-10 and Brackenfell comfortably downing Oosterlig 31-12.

The fixtures for the third and final day at both events are:

Mutual and Federal Agri Oakdale Festival

De Eike

08:00 Brackenfell vs Voortrekker (EFS)
09:10 Lichtenburg vs Welkom Gym
10:20 Overberg vs Muir
11:30 Diamantveld vs Windhoek Gym
12:40 Oakdale vs Die Brandwag (EP)

Populierbos

08:00 Durbanville vs Pearson
09:10 Langenhoven Gym vs Upington
10:20 Bellville vs Augsburg Gym
11:30 Strand vs Potchefstroom Gym

De Boord

08:00 Hermanus vs Centurion
09:10 Oosterlig vs Sentraal (FS)
10:20 Bredasdorp vs Landboudal

De Tuine

08:00 Labori vs Dirkie Uys
09:10 Monument Park vs Kirkwood
10:20 Montagu vs Vredendal

Tony Stoops Rugby Festival

A Field

08:30 Aliwal North vs Cillié
09:45 Pietersburg vs Nico Malan
11:00 Swartland vs Ligbron
12:15 Porterville vs Klein Nederburg
13:30 Worcester Gym vs Oudtshoorn
14:45 Tygerberg vs Shawnigan Lake (Can)

B Field

08:30 Piet Retief vs Otto du Plessis
09:45 Lutzville vs Alexander Road
11:00 Groendal vs Langenhoven High
12:15 Sutherland vs Weston
13:30 HTS Bellville vs Schoonspruit
14:45 De Kuilen vs Hopefield

D Field

08:30 Jeugland vs Humansdorp Sec
09:45 Jan Kriel vs Victoria Park
11:00 Vredenburg vs Paulus Joubert
12:15 Parow vs York