Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival – Day 3 Preview

 

The third and final day of the Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival takes place tomorrow (Monday 18). Steady rainfall throughout most of Saturday, the second day of the festival, made play difficult with the slippery ball and affected the running rugby seen on the first day.

Despite the weather, however, Saturday’s excellent turnout of spectators were entertained to some exciting play from the six mostly evenly contested fixtures.

Three teams go into the final day having won both their matches – Durban High School (DHS), Hoërskool Monument and Glenwood.

09h30 - Glenwood High School (96,943) vs Dr EG Jansen (87,677)

Glenwood High School, who played the final game on Saturday, will be first on the slate against HoërskoolDr EG Jansen. They scraped home by one point against SelborneCollege and will be hoping to pull off their third victory. Their Boksburg opponents, having lost both their matches against HoërskoolFramesby and Durban High School (DHS), will be intent on going home with a victory. The team which can use the conditions best will likely come out on top.

10h45 - Westville Boys’ High School (92,437) vs Selborne College (93,955)

Westville Boys’ High won on Saturday, using their heavier forwards to overcome the spirited HoërskoolNoord-Kaap team, but will find a much more difficult match against Selborne. The packs of forwards are similar, but where Westville may have an advantage is their pace out wide. This is another match that could go down to the wire.

12h00 - Hoërskool Monument (98,147) vs Durban High School (85,394)

A potentially enthralling third match sees two undefeated sides up against one another. DHS, who have had two convincing wins against HoërskoolWaterkloof and Dr EG Jansen, will likely find the uncompromising style of Hoërskool Monument more difficult. The local lads will have to be at their best if they wish to win this encounter.

13h15 - Hoër Landbouskool Marlow (83,159) vs Pretoria Boys High School (85,929)

Pretoria Boys High, who drew their match against Framesby on Saturday, meet HoërLandbouskool Marlow. The latter gave Monument a run for their money, eventually losing by two tries to one. They used the conditions to their best advantage, as did their opposition when they faced Framesby in their last match where they drew 14-apiece. The Marlow eighthman, Burrie van Heerden, was selected as the ‘player of the day’ on Saturday and with the conditions likely to be the same, could again make it difficult for the boys from Pretoria.

14h30 - Hoërskool Waterkloof (87,322) vs Hoërskool Noord-Kaap (81,696)

Both teams did not have a good festival losing both their previous matches. Both teams like to play an open and fast game and this should, weather permitting, be a free for all with defence not on the mind of the players and spectators.

15h45 - Kearsney College (81,364) vs HoërskoolFramesby (90,918)

Drawing the curtain on the festival, hosts Kearsney College will play Framesby. The latter has come from behind in both games played. They brought off a last-minute win against EG Jansen on the first day and drew their match against Pretoria Boys with a final try. Kearsney will have to play their best until the final whistle to bring off a second win.

Results

Day 1 - Thursday 14 April
Kearsney 10-14 Marlow
DHS 23-05 Waterkloof
Westville 20-33 Monument
Noord-Kaap 17-43 Selborne
Glenwood 29-12 Pretoria Boys
Framesby 22-19 Dr EG Jansen

Day 2 - Saturday 16 April
Noord-Kaap 00-24 Westville
Monument 12-07 Marlow
Kearsney 12-10 Waterkloof
Dr EG Jansen 15-20 DHS
Pretoria Boys 14-14 Framesby
Glenwood 15-14 Selborne