Day 1 @ The KES Festival



It is always very difficult to predict games at festivals and at this year's KES festival the first day's matches was well planned with all matches expected to deliver top class entertainment with close games all the way. An exciting day awaits all who attend.

09h00 - Northwood 13-19 Noordheuwel


Northwood started the season with a big loss against DHS losing 0-82 followed up with to losses against Kearsney 3-45 and Westville 10-36. On the other side of the field will be waiting for a Noordheuwel team with Hans Coetzee in their coaches box. Noordheuwel, on the other hand, started their season with victories against Jeugland with 48-0 and Pretoria Boys with 10-8 this was followed up by a somewhat surprising loss against Marais Viljoen with 7-46 ant then returning to their winning ways against Hugenote Springs. So if the results are anything to go by Noordheuwel should have this one in the bag.

Northwood vs Noorheuwel


Match Report

Two very evenly matched teams with Noordheuwel scoring in the first five minutes when their outside centre Wian van Heerden scored an unconverted try after some good attacking play. With both teams willing to run in cold conditions we see play moving up and down the field. Northwood's Tapiwa Nyangani scores for Northwood an unconverted try as he finishes off a move started within their on 22.  At the following kickoff, Northwood earns a penalty and after regaining the lineout ball see Hugo Scholler, the scrumhalf of Northwood scoring the second unconverted try within five minutes. With Noordheuwel starting to take control in the second half and scoring their second try within minutes of the start of the second half,  substitute Dean Bentley converts his own try. After consistent pressure from Northwood, they win a penalty which is converted by Tapiwa Nyangani.Northwood is struggling in the wet conditions and their handling and control of the ball are deteriorating with the weather. Noorheuwel's last try came from a loose pass which was intercepted and after a few boys of Noordheuwel handling the ball, the try is scored which was converted.The first half saw Noordheuwel threatening to take complete control but the boys from Northwood would not allow them and played their part to make this a close and exciting game.

Noordheuwel 19(5) Tries: Wian van Heerden, Dean Bentley, Lean van den Bogert Conversions: Dean Bentley (2)

Northwood 13(10) Tries: Tapiwa Nyangani, Hugo Scholler Penalty: Tapiwa Nyangani


10h15 Ben Vorster 25-10 Kingswood College


Ben Vorster who is still unbeaten this year after four matches, Wonderboom 24-19, St Alban's 10-10, Oos Moot 34-8 and Frikkie Meyer 44-6 meets a Kingswood College who won two out of their three matches this year only losing to Bishops 13-16. Their victories against Muir 45-0 and Pearson 12-7 shows that Kingswood will be no walkover. Their match at the Graeme Rugby Day against Pearson showed that Kingswood will fight until the end playing a very open and fast game. Will that be enough to beat Ben Vorster? I, unfortunately, do not think so but Ben Vorster will know that they were in a very hard and fast battle.

Match Report

Ben Vorster is in control in the early stages of this match in extremely wet and cold conditions. As the rain come down Kingswood seems to be used to this conditions and slowly clawing their way back into the match. At the break, Ben Vorster may be leading but Kingswood in control of the game and all facets thereof. In the second half Kingswood used their big forwards to great effect pinning Ben Vorster in their own half. Unfortunately, the rain stopped both teams from playing a running rugby and Kingswood can feel disappointed as they were in control on everything except on the scoreboard.

Ben Vorster 25(15) Tries: Shima Molopo, Jason Mulder, Franco Oberholzer, Could not identify. Conversions: Erik Meintjies. Penalty: Erik Meintjies

Kingswood College 10 (10) - Try: Tariq Mwinyi. Conversion: Anele Mokongolo. Penalty: Mokongolo.


11h30 Eldoraigne 10-5 Hudson Park


Hudson Park, unfortunately, is this year still looking for their first win this season after three losses against Marlow 17-26, Selborne 3-24 and St Andrew's 7-31. All of their opponents this year was quality sides but Hudson Park will have to start using their big forwards to slow down the game otherwise they will be run off their feet as against St Andrew's at the Graeme Rugby Day.  They, however, meet an Eldoraigne team has the scalp of Monnas this year after their surprising win at Ellispark of 24-22. They also lost against Helpmekaar 17-36 and against Nelspruit 25-26 in the Tuks quarter-finals. Eldoraigne also poses of a heavy pack of forwards but do know how to use them, their scrummaging and lineouts their big source of possession for a backline who knows how to score tries. Unfortunately, a win for Eldoraigne seems to be the only result one can predict.

Match Report

Hudson Park excelled in the wet condition using their forwards to pin Eldoraigne in the first half in their own half. Hudson eventually scored after 18 minutes after another rolling maul following a penalty to Hudson their flanker goes over. The conditions at this stage are really horrible.At this stage, both teams struggle to put two phases together as handling is impossible with the defending taking care of everything else. Eldoraigne came back into the game late in the first half when conditions were improving. They score five minutes before the end of the game after Hudson could not control a wet ball. The conversion was good. At the kickoff, Eldoraigne was straight back on the attack and converted a penalty on the twenty-two of Hudson. Eldoraigne kicks the ball out after a desperate last effort from Hudson to win this one. The second half continued in the same manner the first did but we saw Eldoraigne coming more and more in the game to win a wet and sloppy game.

Eldoraigne 10 (0) - Try: Hilton Oliver. Conversion: Riaan Burger. Penalty: Burger.

Hudson Park 5 (5) - Try: Kyle Rogers. 


12h45 Marlow 12-25 Waterkloof


Marlow impressed at the Graeme Rugby Day and although they drew against Grey PE they showed that they are capable of competing at the top. They will be looking at no 8 Dirkie Ferreira to put fire in their belly and give enough quality ball to their explosive backline where I can not wait to see if my excitement regarding Vivian Kapp is justified. Marlow was unbeaten with victories against Upington 24-9 and Hudson Park 26-17, draw against Grey PE 11-11 and then the surprise loss against Kearsney 7-23 at home. They meet a full of confidence Waterkloof after their successes at the Noord vs Suid tournament beating Stellenberg 36-33 in a nail biting last minute victory and then convincingly beating Outeniqua 34-15. Their massive loss of 18-73 against Grey College long forgotten. This match should provide some hard but fast rugby with Marlow maybe the more structured team. If they can contain the backs of Waterkloof by depriving them of the quality ball then maybe just maybe we can witness an upset.

Match Report

Waterkloof started the game with a quick try trying to run Marlow of their feet. PJ Krugel not wasting any time and score within a minute after the start of the game with the goal kicked miss. Marlow is getting back into the game using their big forwards to make the hard yards and their loosie Lourens Oosthuizen received a short pass after the forwards provided a quick ball and scored a converted try. Marlow's forwards are doing their best but Waterkloof's backline is punching big holes in Marlow's defence. After a mistake by Marlow, Waterkloof runs from within their own half and their centre, Jandre Pretorius is caught five meters from the goal line but used his power to take two defenders with him to score Waterkloof's second try. Marlow's started the second half looking to clinch the game in the first five minutes. Their scrummy goes over in the corner to score an unconverted try and make the score level at 12-12.  Then Waterkloof scored from a penalty and almost straight from the kick-off sees Jandre Pretorius scoring his second try which was converted. Almost immediately another penalty is converted making Waterkloof scoring thirteen points in the last twelve minutes. 

Waterkloof 25 (12) - Tries: Jandre Pretorius(2), PJ Krugell. Conversions: Ulrich Maritz (3). Penalties: Maritz, Sean du Plooy.

Marlow Landbou 12 (7).- Tries: Lourens Oosthuizen, Jaco Nel. Conversion: Claude Jacobs.


14h00 KES 42-17 Wynberg


KES had two relatively easy wins against Pretoria Boys High 31-0 and St Alban's 33-17 and if I have to believe a very informed gentleman will be the pick of the English schools in the Noordvaal area. They meet a Wynberg side that apart from a 10-5 victory against Brackenfell at the Newlands Rugby Day nothing is really known. So this one I am taking a long sip from a product of my friends at Tafel Lager and will wait on the result.

Match Report

From the start of this game, KES clearly indicated that they do not intend losing a match at their own festival. Kennedy Mpeku converted an early penalty after Wynberg was caught offside in a desperate attempt to stop the red machine. From the kickoff Tyler Hayward scores in the corner which was not converted. KES on fire saw Kennedy Mpeku scoring almost from kick off in the corner to give KES a 13-0 lead after 10 minutes. Within five minutes saw Yanga Hlalu going over and the kick was over from Mpeku. Immediately saw number 6, Thomas Berman, crossing for a converted try. After some sustained pressure, Saeed Fakier goes over for Wynberg giving them a tally of five points for the first half.. Then only the half time whistle blew. In the second half, Wynberg started to come into the game and scored their second try using strong forward play to open gaps. After some strong forward work, Ryan Biscombe scored Wynberg's second try. Wynberg slowly taking control but after KES again took the ball through several phases saw reserve Neil Hoffman breaking the line sending Tyler Hayward for his second try. At this stage, one started to feel sorry for the Wynberg boys but KES still kept on pounding. Kevin Mpeku was followed by Bandile Lekhuleni for two unconverted tries. Two minutes before the end of the match saw Kyle Lamb scoring Wynberg's third try.

KES 42 (32) - Tries: Kennedy Mpeku(2), Tyler Hayward (2), Yanga Hlalu, Thomas Berman, Kevin Mpeku Conversions: Kennedy Mpeku (2). Penalties: Kennedy Mpeku

Wynberg 17 (5).- Tries: Ryan Biscombe, Kyle Lamb, Saeed Fakier   Conversion: van Wyk.


15h15 Jeppe 0-26 Rondebosch


Jeppe who has a very young team had a mixed season so far. A draw at the Loftus Rugby Day of 30-30 against Menlopark was followed up with two victories against Kempton Park 22-17 and St Stithians 26-23. Then they lost against St Stithians 15-23 and then came the massive hiding against Helpies 0-64. Jeppe maybe overplaying their team in the beginning of the season or unfortunately, an average season awaits. Rondebosch only played two games beating Belville 25-5 at the Newlands Rugby Day and beating Pietersburg 50-3 at the Tony Stoops Festival. Rondebosch may lack match time this early in the season but should still win this one.

Match Report

Jeppe started the game winning balls on the ground a scrumming with confidence but unfortunately was outplayed in every aspect of the game. Rondebosch scoring their first try after a quick tap after receiving a free kick in the 22 of Jeppe.Rondebosch centre Donald Falconer scores with the conversion good. The second try scored by Blake van der Bijl came after a period where both teams finding themselves in a hard battle for the ball. Rondebosch received a penalty and opted for a line-out and only desperate defence kept them from scoring losing the ball while going over for a try. From the scrum awarded to Jeppe Blake intercepted to score. At this stage, it started raining again that resulted in one scrum after the other due to handling mistakes. Ross Roode scores just before half time to take the score to 19-0. The second half saw Jeppe adapting to the wet and camping on the line of Rondebosch but was kept from scoring due to an excellent defensive effort. Rondebosch scored off a well-planned backline move after ten minutes when Hugo Minnaar scored a converted try. The rest of the second half did not produce any highlights with both teams trying to adapt to the conditions.

Rondebosch 26 (19) - Tries: Donald Falconer, Blake van der Bijl, Ross Roode, Hugo Minnaar. Conversions: Unknown (3)

Jeppe 0 (0)