After the exciting first day, everybody expected some great rugby on day two, and boy the were not disappointed. Just amazed as some of the schools who was expected to lose with a big margin just showed why they were invited and surprised all with the fight still left in them.
Results Day 2 - 28 April 2017
The first match went according to expectations and we all waited for the spirited fightback from Seodin but Gene Louw just would not allow the boys from Seodin a chance to get back into the match. The team from Seodin must be awarded the kings on the ground outplaying Gene Louw and stealing several balls come ruck time. Marset Kruger stood out in this match where a lot of play was upfront and this no 4 of Gene Louw was a tower of strength. Big boy big heart.
Durbanville was one of the schools that lost on Wednesday and came up against one of the favourites at this tournament, Kenmare. From the first whistle, they, however, refused to accept defeat against the much bigger and quicker opponents and really impressed with the absolute fire they played with. Their first-time tackles stopped the big boys from Kenmare in their tracks. The lost but definitely were not humiliated. The substitute wing of Kenmare Kelvin van Wyk caused their coaches to look at him again, with Christi Botes again showing that he is Kenmare's major supplier of ball come ruck time. The forward of the first two days, however, must go to Kenmare's lock Morne Venter, who is ticking all the blocks as the meanie of the tournament.
Outeniqua took a long time to finally defeat the Wildeklawer team but when their backs started to run the gaps had to open. All the boys in Outeniqua's team had their moment of glory but Ian de Jager must be mentioned. This boy ran hard and with nice balance beating his opponents with speed and feet with Jarred Stoneley doing big work in the loose.
Worcester who lost against Newton on Wednesday came up against Rustenburg who won against Sunridge. Again the boys from Worcester did not pay any attention to the script outplaying Rustenburg with their backline the difference scoring some scintillating tries. Ruhan Burger and Nurram Kariem showing some good skills from the back with ball in hand for Worcester. The name of the loosie, Willem van der Westhuizen of Rustenburg must also be mentioned as this boy must have made a lot of tackles stopping several try-scoring movements with his efforts.
The match between Magalieskruin and Eikestad saw two closely matched teams giving their absolute all with Magalieskruin's eight-man Zander Therion again showing his worth as ball carrier but also as defender.
Then the home team paid no respect to their visitors Sunridge, from Port Elizabeth outplaying them in all facets of the game. But again the much smaller boys from Sunridge refused to lie down and scored two tries in the second half showing some big heart. JF van Heerden the eight-man from Newton was everywhere with their outside centre Stone Coates Stone Coates the star in the back line with no 15 Juan Viljoen also showing his class. And again a number 4 must be mentioned, Jude Erasmus from Sunridge really gave his all, cleaning rucks and defending like a true no 4.
Then the game of day two. The very impressive Paarl Gimnasium came up against Grey College. Grey College defended all they could and when the chances came to attack they did with all they got but were never in the game. This team of Paarl Gim is just something special Liam Koen dictating the game from 10. The son of Springbok Louis Koen was simply put brilliant with his long kicks, offloading, breaking the line himself and even on defense. Logan Opperman at outside centre also causing Grey a lot of headaches on defence. But the man of the match must be the smallest boy on the field no 6 Nick Smith. He was simply everywhere winning loose balls, defending like a mad man and even jumping, or shall we say being lifted to take his share of lineout ball.
Unfortunately, I will not be attending day 3 but my heart will be at the u13a week with the big match between Kenmare and Paarl Gim. These two teams already met at the Grey College Festival where Gim outplayed Kenmare winning the week. This is going to be one massive match.
Fixtures Day 3 - 29 April 2017
08h00 - Sunridge vs Seodin
09h00 - Grey College vs Gene Louw
10h00 - Kenmare vs Paarl Gim
11h00 - Eikestad vs Rustenburg
12h00 - Durbanville vs Outeniqua
13h00 - Worcester vs Wildeklawer
14h00 - Newton vs Magalieskruin