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Kearsney Easter Festival round up

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby on 22 Apr 2014 at 10:41
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What better way to round off an Easter weekend than watching some of the best schools in the country battling it out at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival. I had the pleasure of watching the last two games where I was entertained with an exciting draw and some enterprising running rugby all at the same time.

I arrived to HTS Middelburg scoring a try to take the game away from Affies, meaning the ‘Rooi Bulle’ remained unbeaten over the three days’ games, also beating hosts Kearnsey and Nico Malan.

The big game for the day was up next, Grey taking on Monument. It had to be a big game to warrant Craig Joubert taking the referee’s whistle for the match. Grey scored twice in the opening ten minutes to open a 10 – 0 lead, both tries being unconverted. Monument had to wait until the second half to score their first points through a try, and together with a penalty, levelled up matters. It was a gutsy game and a deserved result for both teams.

The host school faced EG Jansen in the final match of the weekend, with the stands filled in anticipation of a home team win. But what followed was a lesson in running rugby as EG Jansen ran in four unanswered tries. Kearsney opted to play the territorial game, doing plenty of kicking, while the East Rand team opted to keep ball in hand and run at the opposition. Kearsney could only muster up three points in the match, thanks to a penalty in the second half. The end result of 25 – 3 to the visitors a fair reflection of how the match went, but a score that could have been much higher if two more tries were correctly allowed.

Fullback Martin van Wyk scored two brilliant tries from his own half, running rings around the Kearsney defence. He actually scored a third try which was disallowed due to an earlier infringement, but was brilliant to watch nonetheless, as he ran through and around any would be tacklers to dot down in the corner. The young man was easily my Man of the Match, and is surely a name to remember for the future. Another young man to keep an eye out for is lock Hendre Stassen who, at 2m tall already, gave the team plenty of go-forward in the tight five, playing like a Bakkies-type enforcer already.

Kearsney: 3 (Pen: T Tedder)
EG Jansen: 25 (Tries: M van Wyk(2), C Barkhuizen, J Strydom. Pen: F Roos. Con: D Kotze)

The full results for the three day event are below:

Day 1 – Thursday 17 April

Kearsney 25 – 31 HTS Middelburg
Framesby 16 – 21 Monument
Westville 41 – 10 Nico Malan
Selborne College 12 – 34 Affies
Glenwood 31 – 17 Dale College
Grey College 26 – 8 EG Jansen

Day 2 – Saturday 19 April

Selborne College 21 – 13 Framesby
HTS Middelburg 43 – 22 Nico Malan
Kearsney 24 – 19 Dale College
Glenwood 31 – 20 EG Jansen
Grey College 32 – 20 Westville
Affies 14 – 36 Monument

Day 3 – Monday 21 April

Nico Malan 10 – 25 Dale College
Glenwood 31 – 29 Framesby
Westville 14 – 20 Selborne College
Affies 10 – 20 HTS Middelburg
Grey College 10 – 10 Monument
Kearsney 3 – 25 EG Jansen


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