The Oakland World Schools Festival produced another day of hot rugby in well-received cooler conditions at Paarl Boishaai’s Brug Street Stadium.
The festival features the top 10 schools in South Africa and 10 of the best school teams from around the world.
The penultimate day of the tournament saw the international teams put up a valiant fight against the home teams which provided for some good quality rugby.
The South Africans consolidated their lead in the “Oakland Cup”, a Ryder Cup-style contest between the local teams and the Rest of the World.
The format ensures that each match counts, where two points will count towards a win and a draw are worth one point.
The home sides lead the competition 26-4 so far in the tournament.
The match between Hoërskool Monument and Napier Boys’ High was one of the games of the tournament embodying the spirit of camaraderie that has characterised the festival.
Napier Boys’ High lay down the gauntlet with a haka before kick-off and Monnas accepted the challenge within the spirit of the game.
The New Zealand side bounced from their 59-26 defeat to Boland Landbou a few days ago producing a match that embodies the rivalry between two of the world’s biggest rugby nations.
Napier led 17-15 at the break with Monnas finding the edge in the second half to edge out the New Zealanders in an enticing dual.
Tickets for the final day of the Oakland World Schools Festival tomorrow are sold out. But, you can catch all the action live online at www.netwerk24.com
Boland Landbou vs Cavaliers Rugby (Australia):
Boland Landbou 67 (34) Tries: Eugene Snyders (3), Philip Niemand, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Darren Hendricks (2), Tehan du Plessis, Gavin Mills, Dean Reichert, Henko Smuts. Conversions: Mills (6)
Cavaliers Rugby 0 (0)
Monument High School vs Napier Boys’ High (New Zealand):
Hoërskool Monument 42 (15): Tries: Morné Brandon, Tristan Dullisear, Ruben Barnard, Franco Schutte, Izan Esterhuizen, Dean Lategan. Penalties: Byron-Lee Wentink (3). Strafdoel: Wentink (2).
Napier Boys’ High 36 (17): Tries: Luke Russell (2), Tyronne Thompson, Patrick Teddy, Jack Sheridan, Jayden Stok. Penalties: Kegan Christian-Goss (3).
Outeniqua vs Italian All-Stars:
Hoërskool Outeniqua 47 (33): Tries: Matthew Thorne (2), Herschelle Otto, Darryn Fortuin (2), Bennet Nortjé, Zinedine Robinson. Conversions: Fortuin (6).
Italian All Stars 13 (3): Tries: Nicola Rizzotti, Shakier Moerat. Penalty: Leonardo Filippetto.
Glenwood High School vs Namibia XV:
Glenwood High School 53 (24): Tries: Carlo Cloete (2), Thabiso Mdletshe, Jaeden Hendrikse, JC Conradie, Jean Roux, Siyanda Cele, George Luzolo. Conversions: Hendrikse (5). Penalties: Hendrikse.
Namibia XV 7 (0): Try: Gilad Plaatjies. Conversion: Willow du Plessis.
Oakdale College vs St. Ignatius (United States):
Oakdale Landbou 60 (29): Tries: Jan-Daniël Strydom, Trevino Gordon (3), Keano Hendricks, Jaco Bruwer, Simon le Roux, Derick Jooste, Hendrick Victor, Henco Beukes, Vernon Paulo. Conversions: Strydom (3), Clyde Lewis (3).
St. Ignatius 19 (5): Tries: Nick Zolikoff, Janniel Badeas, Juan Pen. Conversions: Declan Boldy (2).