Big scores were the order of the day, on day one of the St John’s College Rugby Festival 2016, in its 21st year. Paarl Boys’ High had a crushing victory over the Golden Lions Presidential XV and ran in eight tries. Full back Gianni Lombaard was the star of the show and converted seven of those dot downs, as well as provide the spark from the back. The Italian visitors, Rugby Viadada 1970, also did not trouble the scorers as Krugersdorp’s, Hoërskool Monument also produced seven tries with MJ Pelser producing a hat-trick in the first 24 minutes. St John’s College, Harare provided spirited competition against Helpmekaar Kollege, but when the dam wall broke in the second half, Helpies ran out 36 – 10 winners. Paul Roos Gymnasium ran the luckless Hilton College off their feet with a 10 try rout, 67 – 6 proving that they are the form team at St John’s in 2016. However, Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool would contest that statement after they too demolished Parktown Boys’ High School by 47 points to 7. The hosts St John’s College just could not find a way past the solid defensive lines of Hoërskool Nelspruit who in the first 15 minutes of the second half produced two sparkling tries.
Gavin Houlston, Rugby Festival Chairman, said “it’s been a festive day of rugby with record Thursday night crowds, we were anticipating great rugby from the teams assembled and they have exceeded our expectations. The rugby has been extremely competitive and played in a great spirit which true to the ethos the festival. What a fantastic celebration of schoolboy rugby to kick off the 21st Rugby Festival! Our sincere thanks to our title sponsor, Standard Bank and all our contributors who make this possible”.
Hoërskool Nelspruit 21 (9) – Drieë: Wium Barnard, Chris van der Merwe. Doelskop: Francois Esselen. Strafdoele: Esselen (2), Stephan van der Bank. St. John’s College 5 (0) – Drie: Sibya Sibya.
Affies 49 (28) – Drieë: Johan van Zyl (2), Marnus Potgieter, Henk Pretorius, Carel Koch. Doelskoppe: Charles Goedhals (5). Parktown Boys’ High 7 (7) – Drieë: Madosha Tambwe. Doelskop: Ethan Anderson.
Paul Roos Gimnasium 67 (22) – Drieë: David-Ley Moses (3), Joshua Vermeulen (2), Damian Willemse (2), Corné Wium, Gerado Jaar, Tristan Leitch. Doelskoppe: Willemse (7). Strafdoel: Willemse. Hilton College 6 (3) – Penalties: Angus Curtis (2).
Helpmekaar 36 (14) – Drieë: Sherman Rayners (2), Dameon Venter, Zandré Kruger, Chris Pieterse, David Cary. Doelskoppe: Tristan Oosthuizen (3). Strafdoel: Oosthuizen. St. John’s College (Harare) 10 (3) – Drie: Tanyaradzwa Chambati. Doelskop: Matthew Hart. Strafdoel: Hart.
Monument 47 (33) – Drieë: Dandré Prinsloo (3), MJ Pelser (2), Brendon Buitendag (2). Doelskoppe: Luke Rossouw (6). Viadana (Italië) 0.
Hoër Jongenskool Paarl 54 (14) – Drieë: Michael Visser (2), Wilhelm Barnard, Cameron Dorfling, Charl Serdyn, Daniel Jooste, Francke Horn, Gianni Lombaard. Doelskoppe: Lombaard (7). Goue Leeus XV 0.
(Points score names courtesy of Hannes Nienabar)