Schoolboy Rugby – Day 3 Of 2024 St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival Match Reports

 

Hilton College 32 – 17 Hoërskool Nelspruit

Hilton College made it 3 wins from 3 games with a 32-17 win over Hoërskool Nelspruit at the 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank.

Hilton got a great start in the game scoring 15 unanswered points in the early exchanges of the encounter. Nelspruit left it late in the first half to mount a reasonable 12-point comeback, seeing the teams going into the interval with Hilton leading 15-12.

The second half saw an entertaining period from both teams, with Nelspruit really adding pressure to what almost looked like a Hilton onslaught. Hilton was however too good in the end, going on to clinch a 32-17 victory in one of the most entertaining games of the day.

Kingswood College 35 – 10 St David’s Marist Inanda

Kingswood College stood tall as they managed to get 35-10 win over the line against St David’s Marist Inanda at the 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank.

Kingswood looked the stronger of the two, with St David’s doing well to make it a good contest. The Kingswood boys often looked to showcase their brand of running rugby, keeping the St David’s defence on their toes. There were only two tries scored in the first half, to the one penalty converted by St David’s to see the teams off to a 14-3 scoreline.

The second half saw Kingswood running in three tries to the one of St David’s. It was a fairly comfortable game for Kingswood, who managed the game really well, frustrating the determined St David’s attack, forcing mistakes out of them. St David’s threw all they could at Kingswood but it wasn’t too be as the boys from the Eastern Cape left with win.

St John’s College 38 – 21 Falcon College

Well done to the Blues, who finished off their participation with a 38-21 victory over Falcon College on Burger Field at the 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank.

The first half saw an edgy start to the match from both ends, with St John’s enjoying the better of the scoring. Falcon as in other games they’ve played in the festival, remained a tough opponent with their quick outside backs continuously keeping the Blues' defence busy. The break approached and it was the hosts who enjoyed a 19-13 lead.

The second half saw the Blues showing a great fighting spirit to sweep past a Falcon team that was determined to leave Burger Field with a win. The St John’s boys kept a good distance between themselves and the visitors, who always looked to keep their tally ticking over. The Blues were however the more consistent team, who were able to clinch a well-deserved 38-21 win to the delight of the home support.

Boland Landbou 59 – 00 Hoërskool Hans Moore

Boland Landbou were simply too good for Hoërskool Hans Moore, defeating them 59-0 on Burger Field at the 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank.

Boland looked to get back to winning ways, after they suffered slumped to their first defeat on Saturday against Hilton College. The intention was clear from the first half, with Boland racing to a 40-0 lead at the break. Hans Moore was featured for the first time in the festival today.

The second half saw Boland ringing up the changes, with Hans Moore playing better defensively. The boys from Boland however continued to pile on the points, powering to an emphatic 59-0 victory.

Maritzburg College 24 – 07 Golden Lions Invitational XV

The Golden Lions Invitational XV put in a valiant effort despite going down 24-7 against Maritzburg College on Burger Field at the 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank.

College were always favourites going into the clash, but the Lions put in an inspiring first half performance, to go down 5-0 at the break. The Lions had opportunities of their own to get points on the board, but the penalties just simply didn’t land.

The second half saw the Lions scoring their first points of the festival through a well worked team try, which was converted. College looked better in the second half, which was evident in the scoreline. The Lions conceded a bulk of tries around the outside, with College combining well in the backline to set off their wingers, who constantly troubled the Lions defence. In the end, College finished their festival run on a high, securing a valuable victory.

Graeme College 50 – 10 St Benedict’s College

Graeme College put in a clinical show on Burger Field, when they managed to beat St Benedict’s College 50-10 on the final day of the 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank.

St Benedict’s who were in search of their first win of this year’s edition of the festival, found it difficult to breakthrough the Graeme defensive line. The only points Bennies managed to score in the half was through a penalty, which was there first set of points in the festival. Graeme on the other end, troubled the scorers quite often with their attractive brand of running rugby. The whistle sounded for the break, with the boys from the Eastern Cape enjoying a comfortable 26-3 lead.

The second half saw Graeme continue to dominate proceedings, with Bennies only registering a single converted try as consolation. Graeme College added a further 24 points to finish their festival run on a high, recording an impressive 50-10 victory.