Jeppe u16 Festival 2017

Fanstream livestreaming link here :

A1 01-Apr Helpmekaar vs Zwartkop
A2 01-Apr Westville 36-31 Noordheuwel
A3 01-Apr Grey HS vs KES
A4 01-Apr Maritzburg College 28-28 Randburg
A5 01-Apr Jeppe 77-7 Kearsney
B1 01-Apr Northwood vs Pretoria BH
B2 01-Apr Parktown vs Florida
B3 01-Apr St Benedict’s vs Landboudal
B4 01-Apr Lions Invitational vs Piet Potgieter
A1 03-Apr Northwood vs Piet Potgieter
A2 03-Apr Parktown vs Noordheuwel
A3 03-Apr Lions Invitational vs Landboudal
A4 03-Apr Jeppe vs Maritzburg College
A5 03-Apr Grey HS vs Helpmekaar
B1 03-Apr KES vs Zwartkop
B2 03-Apr Randburg vs Westville
B3 03-Apr Kearsney vs Pretoria BH
B4 03-Apr St Benedict’s vs Florida
A1 04-Apr Landboudal vs Florida
A2 04-Apr Westville vs KES
A3 04-Apr Kearsney vs Helpmekaar
A4 04-Apr Grey HS vs St Benedict’s
A5 04-Apr Jeppe vs Randburg
B1 04-Apr Maritzburg College vs Zwartkop
B2 04-Apr Northwood vs Lions Invitational
B3 04-Apr Piet Potgieter vs Parktown
B4 04-Apr Pretoria BH vs Noordheuwel


  1. Day 4
    Nootdheuwel vs PBHS
    They have already played this season.
    Noordheuwel going down 19-7 to PBHS on the day.

  2. @Skopgraaf243: I have heard PBHS will have a different fixture on day 3. I think it is still to be determined.

  3. @beet: Watching Fan Stream – KES vs Grey High PE. Excellent game of rugby. Grey PE score a late try to win the game.
    Maritizburg College now playing Randburg. MC have a huge prop!

  4. The Fan Stream commentator has just called Jeppe the sister school of KES. Oh dear. :oops: :oops:
    Jeppe playing Kearsney.

  5. Morning all,
    Westville u16 beat Noordheuwel 36-31. Excellent display by both sides. Westville coaches made crucial changes at 9,10 and 12 with about 15 minutes remaining which almost cost them the game. Defense was then not organised and allowed Noordheuwel to score 3 unanswered tries.

  6. I saw the end of the Maritzburg College vs Randburg game and felt frustrated by that but it paled in comparison to the torture of the Jeppe demolition of Kearsney. Eish. That was not fun. But well done to Jeppe and Randburg on their head turing results.

  7. Watched two games at Jeppe Today. PBHS vs. Kearsney and then Jeppe vs. Maritzburg College. PBHS just got the better of Kearsney 25-20. The lead changed hands three times in the last five minutes.
    The Jeppe vs. Maritzburg College game was a tough, uncompromising fixture. MC started very well, but Jeppe came storming back. Final score 15-7 to Jeppe. Both teams were good on attack and defence. Jeppe tighthead prop scored a barging try which turned out to be the difference.

  8. Where can we get the results?

    You can Add Maritzburg College lost to Jeppe 15 7

    At Northwood – only have the Maritzburg College B/C team results
    winning against Sutherland and Ixopo High schools convincingly.

  9. @Skywalker – Northwood beat PBHS 22 -7 on day one and lost 7-10 to Piet Potgieter yesterday. They were very unlucky against Piet Potgieter. Several raids on the PP try line but gave away silly penalties. PP defended very well to keep Northwood from scoring.

    Rugger Fan – MC vs. Jeppe was a truly excellent match. Both teams can take a bow for playing open, hard, running rugby. The two standout players were the Jeppe tighthead prop and the MC openside flanker. They had huge games for their respective teams.
    The Jeppe prop scored a memorable try in the first half. He broke two or three tackles from around the 10m line and used his pace to break away and score the try that was ultimately the difference. Jeppe also needs praise for their resolute try line defence in the last few minutes. MC launched several attacks, but Jeppe stood firm and kept MC out.

  10. Some very tight games on the final day. Zwartkops did very well in defeating MC 26-20. Northwood beating Noordheuwel 24-18. Westville and KES drew, so did Piet Potgieter and Parktown.Helpmekaar had an easy win against Kearsney and Jeppe against Randburg as well.
    PBHS handed the Lions their only defeat of the tournament.

  11. @beet: What has happened to the Kearsney U16 team. I watched them as U14s and U15s against Westville and they won both matches. But to lose 42-0 against Helpies and 77-7 to Jeppe is a bit of a blow out.

  12. @star: Yikes I really don’t know. They did lose a good player who went to Westville but other than that they just look like a team low on confidence and without any real x-factor type line-breaking threats. Against Jeppe tackling and poor ball retention seem to let them down badly.

  13. @star: I agree with @Beet. Against PBHS they scored two intercept tries from within their own half, but did not show any other attacking threats. Jeppe’s physicality was just too much for them, 50 points scored in the 2nd half. Helpies just had too much pace and skill, Kearsney managed to hold them for about 20min.

  14. @BrotherBear: And a very good team at that. Not as big as other teams e.g. Jeppe, but lots of pace and skill. Would have loved to see them and Jeppe play one another.

  15. Some interesting observations:
    1. The Underdogs: Randburg – Jeppe (who are looking strong) game aside, they look competitive. Then there’s Piet Potgieter – where are they from? Swartkop – well we know that they’ll end up in Pretoria by matric, but now we can see why.
    2. Invitational sides normally gcollect beatings at festivals…but looks like the Lions got this group very right. Who are they made up of?
    3. I think people can stop worrying about the future of PBHS rugby. Helpmekaar looks to be a force that will go on to make a statement in SA SBR for some time to come.

    3. Jeppe looks like a strong outfit

  16. @Playa: Agree with you very interesting scores here. We clearly see rugby results are non-linear….. Maritzburg draw with Randburg and Jeppe blow them out. College really put Jeppe to the sword but through resilience we squeek home…. To boot we got a beating from St John’s before the festival. No offence to SJC but I think the Maritzburg college side would beat them. I guess what I am trying to say this age group is very open and any team can beat any team on the day. But easter is a good time of the year we are spoilt with an abundance of good sbr and streamed live :mrgreen:

  17. @Playa: Randburg did very well and their big centre Goliath is a machine at this level. I wonder where he will end up in schooling from August this year because I’m sure he’ll go to GK Week and be on the shopping list of every school scout that attend GK Week.

  18. @Ringo: I watched Maritzburg College in preseason and vs Grey College and thought they have the potential to do a lot better than their results suggest.

    A lot of the Jeppe Festival scores are puzzling. It would be interesting to be an insider to what happens over the next two years at the not so well known schools that participated at Jeppe to see where things go wrong to change their 1st XV fortunes or perhaps even continue to go right???

  19. @Ringo: The oval ball is a funny thing. That’s one of the things that stuck out for me – one would have expected a closer score between Jeppe and Randburg by virtue of the fact that they had drawn with College who made life difficult for Jeppe. But the rugby gods did not design the game that way.

    @beet: Would be interesting to track that progress.

    @Die Ken: Thanks.

  20. @Playa: I spoke to one of the Lions’ parents, apparently they’re picked from the medium schools in the Lions franchise, not sure which ones though.

  21. @The O: @Playa: Mostly correct.

    The Lions invitational team is indeed picked from smaller and medium schools, but also from larger schools that are in a lower tier of rugby – e.g. Northcliff, Fourways, Randpark who have some 700 boys each.

    These Lions teams have become more competitive, as I think that the Union is taking it more seriously, plus the u16 side will provide the bulk of the u18 side that plays at St Johns in the next few years, so there is a bit of continuity. Finally, some of these guys make it into the Lions CW and AW teams, so there is quite an incentive to first make this team. Last year, for example, the lock from Northcliff made the Lions CW team.

  22. @Vleis: @The O: Hats off to the Lions Rugby Union this is brilliant!Absolutely wonderful.I hope it sets a precedent for other unions to follow suit.If we are to spread the net for selection so that boys in smaller schools don’t get overlooked,this is certainly a direction to be followed.Much respect

  23. @beet: puzzling is one of the better adjectives you can use to describe the results…. hope the Jeppe team is able to carry through the momentum gained. I also agree with you sentiments on the college u16 team they seemed manacing really surprised we won the game. Then beat a team that drew with them so easily.

    @Playa: the lions invitational team is good amalgamation of stand out players from the schools Vleis mentioned and worked well together…..

    it will be interesting to see what the u18 team does at SJC

  24. @Playa: @Ringo: It’s also a nice opportunity for the more talented boys to compete fairly evenly against schools that would beat their school team by 100 points. Of course, it also provides the Lions CW and AW selectors an opportunity to see them perform against tougher opposition.

  25. @Vleis: This Golden Lions XV is the kind of initiative I would love to see the Northern Natal region of KZN commit to. Complete provincial age group trials early in the season and then challenge a few of the bigger high schools in that Durban to Midlands strip as a combined and very competitive North Natal XV.


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