The second day of the Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival sees a further six matches with contrasting interests. Glenwood, after a narrow 3-point win against HTS Drostdy from Worcester, appears to be the team to beat at the festival. Tomorrow (Saturday) they will have a much easier fixture against Dale College (King William’s Town) who lost to Framesby.
HTS Drostdy on the other hand have a tough fixture against Welkom Gim, a side with the biggest victory margin on Thursday against Hoerskool Noord-Kaap. This is likely to be the match of the day, with two evenly matched packs of forwards and pace in their three quarters. The game kicks off at 2.30pm.
Hosts Kearsney, who lost disappointingly by a single point against HTS Middelburg in the final seconds of their opening match on Thursday, come up against Noord-Kaap at midday. With both teams having lost, they will be equally hungry to win. As the two sets of forwards are better matched, this could lead to a tight and exciting contest.
Durban High School surprised, with a 3-point victory against Selborne College from East London. Tomorrow (Saturday) DHS play against Queen’s College, a team which lost to Pretoria Boys High, and will likely struggle against the heavier DHS pack. Pretoria Boys play against Hoerskool Framesby (Port Elizabeth), where the latter will be buoyed by their good win against Dale College and are favoured to win again in the first match of the day.
The last game tomorrow (Saturday) will see Selborne, hurting after their loss against DHS, playing against HTS Middelburg. Selborne should make it difficult for Middelburg to taste victory in their second festival game.
Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said he was delighted with the quality of rugby and sportsmanship of the players displayed on the opening day of the festival.
We’re ready for a bumper crowd for the remaining two play days, as local supporters and those from further afield come to enjoy schoolboy rugby in a special family atmosphere on our beautiful campus.”
Remaining festival play days are tomorrow (Saturday) and Easter Monday, with kick-off at 9.30am daily.
A local primary school fixture at 8.30am against the KZNRU u13 Development team starts each day’s play. Hillcrest Senior Primary and Highbury Prep will play on Saturday and Monday respectively.
Numerous food outlets, a refreshment tent and KidZone will ensure spectators can enjoy a fun-filled family-orientated Easter weekend. Entry is R25 per person with ample parking available.
Fixtures and festival information, including live streaming links, are available on www.kearsney.com
Day 1 – Thursday 29 March
Kearsney College 25 – 26 HTS Middelburg; Queen’s College 10 – 14 Pretoria Boys High; Glenwood 29 – 26 HTS Drostdy; Dale College 5 – 15 Hoërskool Framesby; Selborne 13 – 16 DHS; Welkom Gimnasium 28 – 3 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap
Day 2 – Saturday 31 March
09h30 Hoërskool Framesby – Pretoria Boys High; 10h45 DHS – Queen’s College; 12h00 Kearsney College – Hoërskool Noord-Kaap; 13h15 Glenwood – Dale College; 14h30 HTS Drostdy – Welkom Gimnasium; 15h45 Selborne – HTS Middelburg
Day 3 – Monday 17 April
09h30 Glenwood – Welkom Gimnasium; 10h45 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap – Hoërskool Framesby; 12h00 HTS Middelburg – Queen’s College; 13h15 DHS – Dale College; 14h30 HTS Drostdy – Selborne; 15h45 Kearsney College – Pretoria Boys High