Paarl Boys’ High 150th – World Schools Festival 2018 SA 528-161 RoW

Youtube streaming link Day 1

Youtube streaming link Day 2

SLOT DATE SCHOOL SCHOOL BROADCAST
14h30 Tue.03Apr Boland Landbou 59 26 Napier BHS (NZ)
16h00 Tue.03Apr Outeniqua 91 00 St Ignatius (USA)
17h30 Tue.03Apr Oakdale 67 07 Namibia XV
19h00 Tue.03Apr Monument 48 14 Cavaliers Rugby (AUS)
11h30 Wed.04Apr Glenwood 53 00 Italian All Stars
13h00 Wed.04Apr Paarl Gim 84 07 Rhino Rugby (USA)
14h30 Wed.04Apr Hilton 35 24 AP Dragons (Pacific Islands)
16h00 Wed.04Apr Affies 15 26 Hartpury College (UK)
17h30 Wed.04Apr HJS Paarl BH 10 19 Jaquares (ARG)
19h00 Wed.04Apr Grey College 66 28 Christchurch BHS (NZ)
13h00 Fri.06Apr Oakdale 67 19 St Ignatius (USA)
14h30 Fri.06Apr Glenwood 53 07 Namibia XV
16h00 Fri.06Apr Outeniqua 47 13 Italian All Stars
17h30 Fri.06Apr Monument 42 37 Napier BHS (NZ)
19h00 Fri.06Apr Boland Landbou 67 00 Cavaliers Rugby (AUS)
11h45 Sat.07Apr Hilton 78 19 Rhino Rugby (USA)
13h15 Sat.07Apr Paarl Gim 38 36 Jaquares (ARG)
14h45 Sat.07Apr Grey College 60 00 Hartpury College (UK)
16h15 Sat.07Apr Affies 17 05 AP Dragons (Pacific Islands)
17h45 Sat.07Apr HJS Paarl BH 25 07 Christchurch BHS (NZ)
# INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL RESIDENT COUNTRY SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL
1 Christchurch BHS New Zealand 1 HJS Paarl BH
2 Napier BHS New Zealand 2 Affies
3 Hartpury College England 3 Boland Landbou
4 Glenwood
4 Unión Argentina de Rugby Argentina 5 Grey College
5 Cavaliers Rugby Australia 6 Monument
6 The Namibian Rugby Union Namibia 7 Oakdale
8 Outeniqua
7 Africa Pacific Select XV 9 Paarl Gim
8 Italian Select XV Italy 10 Hilton
9 Rhinos Rugby School United States
10 Saint Ignatius High United States

 

Blog from 15 October 2017- Boishaai 150th Festival : out of the box thinking may be needed to prevent cricket scores

The Paarl Boys’ High 150th rugby festival overseas team are closer to being finalised and the challenge of putting together competitive fixtures required for overall success is coming to the fore now.

LOCAL OVERSEAS REGION
1 HJS Paarl BH Hamilton BHS  New Zealand
2 Affies Christchurch BHS  New Zealand
3 Boland Landbou Otago BHS  New Zealand
4 Glenwood Napier BHS  New Zealand
5 Grey College Hartputy College England
6 Monument Millfield School England
7 Oakdale Combined Team Africa/Pacific Islands
8 Outeniqua ??? France
9 Paarl Gim ??? Argentina
10 Paul Roos ??? Italy/USA

Hats off to the Boishaai organisers: the concept (thought up by Sean Erasmus) is excellent, it’s unique and it’s exactly the sort of magnitude befitting of a great celebration like a 150th birthday.

The local school line-up is off the charts awesome but it’s also extremely strong – they can bat all the way down the order, score big runs and score them quickly. The overseas visiting school line-up looks very shaky. It’s like they have a top 3 batting line-up and then a really long tail. One can’t help but believe that some overseas teams are going to get annihilated by an innings and a 100+ runs!

The original idea of local schools versus overseas schools is maybe something that has to be reconsidered this time around.

If Boishaai want to avoid a fantastic concept, a landmark celebration and 100’s of hours of hard planning work from turning into an event that partly remembered for churning out cricket scores, it might be a plan to hold back on finalising remaining festival fixtures until after Day 1 when they have had a chance to assess the strength of the overseas visitors. From their Boishaai can organise best fit strength versus strength match-ups for the remainder of the festival – and this may have to include allowing some of the powerful local schools to play each other as part of a contingency plan.

 

Original Blog from August 2017:

World Schools Rugby Festival needs quality touring teams or it may flop

The Paarl Boy’s High 150th Rugby Festival from 02-07 April 2018 is already starting to gain attention not just locally but abroad as well and if anything is all set to be remembered for its uniqueness as it attempts to incorporate an inaugural international festival. The festivity is likely to involve many of the who’s who of schoolboy rugby teams in South Africa combined with a collection of overseas schools and there is even mention of a TV coverage deal in the pipeline to place it a notch above all other existing Easter holiday festivals.

If not very carefully put together by making use of in-depth background homework done before accepting invited touring school teams, the proposed World Schools’ Rugby Festival, could turn out to be a one-sided thumbs down drubbing session rather than a showpiece of competitive schoolboy rugby.

The data available suggest that without too much research, it’s possible to predict within an acceptable range of accuracy what kind of team a local South African school will put out the following year in terms of competitiveness. It goes without saying that generally those teams that traditionally finish closer to the top of the pile every year tend to achieve this because they are good and more consist. Therefore when inviting any of the usual Top 20 suspects, one tends to know in advance exactly what they are capable of.

So if local schools like:

Affies
Boland Landbou
Glenwood
Grey College
Monument
Oakdale
Outeniqua
Paarl Gim
Paul Roos

are on the shortlist for the World Schools Rugby Festival, as a betting man you are well within a comfort-zone placing money on these school all being relatively strong and capable of putting 50+ points past any underprepared or weakish overseas team without raising too much sweat.

Ideally unless plans are to let these local school play each other (bearing in mind that many of them already have annual derbies against each other during the regular season), the international teams that they get matched up against have to of a similar standard to elevate the festival to a good one – and this is really where the difficult comes in.

Most touring teams to SA over the last few decades have flatted to deceive at best. They have been on the receiving end of hidings. Very few of those teams were from New Zealand though. Due to the vast distance between SA and New Zealand, there has not been much interaction between the world’s two leading school rugby nations in the past. That distance and cost is still going to be a determining factor for sure. A special event like a 150th anniversary might persuade a few schools to undertake the long journey as a once off but it’s hard to imagine the same schools committing year after year.

Although there is little evidence to doubt the overall strength of New Zealand school rugby, Boishaai’s own experience in New Zealand earlier in 2017, proved to be a very one sided one up until the controversial final game against Christchurch BHS. There were contributing factors to the big score-lines such as the timing of the tour in relation to the start of the New Zealand season. At the same time there was also a reality check that all that glitters is not gold.

The challenge for former Bok head coach Heyneke Meyer, now managing director of Carinat Sports Marketing, who is charged with putting together what will hopefully be a prestigious World Schools’ Rugby Festival, is to find a collection of overseas school teams at the same level as Christchurch BHS were in April 2017. If he can achieve this, nothing should stand in the way of the festival being labelled as a huge success. If he doesn’t get it right – Eish! We may witness a try-fest of Craven Week 2017 proportions.

 

487 Comments

  1. I suppose that is always the challenge how do you match schools from different years never mind countries.

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  2. South Africans…like crayfish in a barrel…no need for a lid…they will pull each other down.

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  3. What Stier said is absolutely true. during the PBH v SACS games, i was speaking to one of the SACS supporters and he said that even though SACS are #3 this year, if they don’t beat PBH this year then they wont stand a chance to beat them for a few years as the rest of the U19’s and the current U16’s suck.

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  4. @Falcon22: That is the whole problem and that is why schools should not be to disappointed if they don’t get invited. I think the main reason for this festival is to celebrate Boishaai. It won’t surprise me if Boishaai will choose long time friends that they know would normally be competitive. Any school that attend should at least have some respect or understanding off Boishaai and it’s traditions?

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  5. I read that Otago Boys High has confirmed their paticipation in the festival. They are always considered one of the top rugby schools in NZ, and All Blacks like Richie McCaw, Wyatt Crockett and Byron Kelleher are amoungst their old boys. Their presence already is a possitive start to the organisers.

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  6. @Kattes-Strofes: Rankings is difficult to use but what I can see Otago Boys is ranked 5th. Sacred Heart, Nelson, Christchurch and St Peters are also in the top ten, so Boishaai played some good schools.

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  7. So the SA schools for next year are:
    1. Boishaai (WP)
    2. Affies (Bulls)
    3. Boland Landbou (WP)
    4. Glenwood (Sharks)
    5. Grey Bloem (Cheetahs)
    6. Monnas (Lions)
    7. Oakdale (SWD)
    8. Outeniqua (SWD)
    9. Paarl Gim (WP)
    10. Paul Roos (WP)

    Now just to wait and see who is going to be the international teams.

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  8. @odie15: No link, I saw it via someone else as a videofile on a disc. No great quality, was probably taken on cellphone. Saw a few of the many penalties given and the last penalty when the guy that was subbed came running back onto the field to take the kick!

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  9. Is die 2 to 8 April gedurende paasnaweek?..Ek dink amper paas Vrydag val volgende jaar op 30 Maart en dat die BH toernooi direk na die tradisionele paastoernooie is. Gewoonlik is die games mos die Donderdag voor goeie Vrydag en die Saterdag..in die geval die 31ste. Dan sal die BH toernooi Maandag die 2de April begin.

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  10. Otago Boys High ,Scotts College van Australië en Millfield van Engeland het alreeds het deelname bevestig aan die Festival.

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  11. @Scrum5: Weet jy wie hulle nog gaan nooi?

    Ek dink daai manne gaan swaar kry in Paarl se hitte.

    @Riempies: I doubt if this wil become a yearly event. Once you do that then you have to start looking at rankings to select the SA representatives and for one school to host it every year without major sponsors will be difficult. But who knows school rugby is becoming so professional one never knows.

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  12. @BoishaaiPa: It’s highly disappointing to see that Boishaai didn’t invite any of the southern suburb boys schools to their 150th celebrations to be quite honest. I know you’re trying to get the strongest representatives in SA to challenge some of the strongest schools from NZ but the history and interpersonal relationships are much more important and I think the southern suburb schools would have done well in such a festival. Glenwood have done well over the past decade but lets be honest, the only reason they are there is because Sean Erasmus has some strong ties to them. It’s going to be a wonderful tournament and I probably will make my way to Paarl for the festivities but I am disapointed that none of us(ss boys schools) were invited. Thoughts Paarl boys old boys?

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  13. @CapeMan: Agree 100 p Rather have a Sacs/Bishops/Bosch/Wynberg team there than Glenwood.We have much closer ties with f these Southern Suburbs schools. Glenwood/Garsfontein/Stellenberg Eg Jansen still in the wanabee category.

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  14. @CapeMan: Ja, it’s a pity that some SS schools was not invited, I know that especially Rondebosch and SACS old boys and the Boishaai old boys have a very close bond and friendship. I believe it could stem from the fact that the tournament was organized by Heyneke Meyer and Sean and that the Boishaai Old Boys did not have anything to do with this specific tournament invites.Perhaps if the Old Boy leadership was involved, the local invites might have looked different, however, it is not something they had any influence on. I am sure that there will be some other function or event where they will involve their SS friends…at least I hope so!

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  15. @boerboel: Those remarks are going to leave some deep scares. But as supporter of the 2018 Dreamteam you saying that from a safe place. Do not know if the SS teams get regular oppertunity to play outside the Cape.(I may be wrong here)So maybe 1 or 2 SA teams at the tourno to play SS schools will be great.

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  16. @boerboel: Garsies,EG and Stellies not invited and not involved.Why the arogant remark?If the results of the schools you mentioned put them in the wanabee category,where does it leave the ss schools?

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  17. @Grizzly: ‘n boerboel is mos van nature bombasties. Het ook al gehoor die HONDE beur maar net vorentoe en probeer so hard as moontlik raas. Rede is hy kan nie die brakke bykom wat hom gereeld aan die knaters hap nie – probeer hulle nou maar met vrees weghou. Ons moet nou net nie vir BH afskryf omdat hy so kwaai is nie ;-)

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  18. @CapeMan: Jip ! You are right,especially if one take into account the performance of SACS this season. However! earlier on, on this thread, Falcon 22 mentioned that one of the SACS parents mentioned that SACS will not have such a good side in the coming years. If that is the case, do you still think it would be wise to play against such strong opposition?

    Anyway ! As BoishaaiPa mentioned, the invites has already been done by Heynekke,s company, and there is unfortunately nothing that we can do at this stage.
    Well done on your great season!!

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  19. @Kattes-Strofes: We might or might not have a better side next year. In my humble opinion, that is irrelevant. I would have thought that the top brass from Boishaai would have made sure a southern suburb school is invited to a 150th rugby festival. I know that Meyer has been a big component in organizing this festival but there is absolutely no way that the school, governing body, old boys and sponsors gave him carte blanche to choose the teams without getting approval from them. And on the subject of strength, what makes you think we wouldn’t beat opposition from abroad? I can’t remember the last time we lost to a school from abroad.

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  20. @BrotherBear: Jys reg,en nee ek sal nie n skool judge aan n blogger comment nie.Dis net vir moeilik om te verstaan hoekoem uit duisend skole daai juis uitgelig word.Daar was slegs van Stellies blogger n comment op die topic.Geen ander van daai skole se bloggers het tot en met daai post enige komentaar hier gelewer nie.Mindblowing!

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  21. @Murrayfield: So jy reken een blogger se siening is die siening van elke liewe mens wat die skool ondersteun en waarvoor die skool staan?..Arrogansie en ego’s is die laaste eienskap wat ek aan Boishaai en hulle leierskorps sal koppel. Jy moet leer om die kaf van die koring te skei. As ek op elke liewer blogger se kommentaar sy skool se etos moet beoordeel sal hier darem n helse klomp swak skole verteenwoordig word!

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  22. Way too sensitive g/men-this is schoolsport we talking about.Not life or death.What i meant was that HJS should give preference to their old established competitors.

    the young aspiring guns can wait until theu prove themselves.

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  23. @boerboel: One thing i learned on this blog is to say what I mean and mean what I say..If you go down this page,you will find the rankings from 2012-2016.EG-9,Garsies-10 and Glenwood-12.The first ss school would be SACS at 22.If you ment ito age Garsies can’t compare as it was only est in ’87.

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  24. @MikeSt: parrow is meer edenvale….paarl is brakpan en springs all rolled in to one……😂😂😂enigste verskil is waar brakpan backyard mechanics het het die paarl wyn plase

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  25. @Grizzly: lekker om partymaal k&^%(k te praat met iemand wat dink hy is n iets……………..net omdat hy n puik skool se truitjie dra. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

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  26. Ek het so voëltjie hoor fluit die Affies-Westville derby gaan weer vervang word met Affies-Glenwood.

    Ook gehoor Glenwood gaan soos Grey (wat ‘n “Scholarship” program deur Montpelier het) ook ‘n oorsese “Scholorship” program van ‘n oorsese klub gaan kry. Weet iemand dalk meer?

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  27. Die twee toernooie oorvleuel ongelukkig op die Maandag. Dis jammer dat PR ontrek het, Ek het dit nie verwag nie. St Johns is elke jaar, die 150 geleentheid net eenkeer in n skool se bestaan. Hulle het egter besluit wat die beste vir hulle is en daarmee moet mens berus. Skep dalk nou die geleentheid dat een van die Suidelike voorstede skole genooi kan word wat nie betrokke is by n paasfees nie.

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  28. @CharlesZA: As dit van my of ou Kattes afgehang het , het ons julle more genooi…ek het n woordjie in die OB president se oor gefluister, maar die show word blykbaar deur Heyneke gerun!.. :mrgreen:

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  29. Ek het groot respek vir Paul Roos wat hulle reeds bevestigde verpligtinge eerbied bo alles en by hulle woord hou ten opsigte van hulle St Johnn’s deelname. Hulle is nou nog meer my gunstelinge.

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  30. @BoishaaiPa: Very happy today. My Lekker signed jersey of the 2017 team arrived today. Plus a massive bottle of wine. Going to have to take plenty anti gout pills when I smash that bottle.

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  31. @Bush: Growing up in Slummies I loved the way the Ingilse spoke. Ripping this, smashing that, chilling there. Definitely an EC and KZN thing.

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  32. @Cappie: Respek.In my opinie vat die ontrekking van PRG baie glans van die toernooi weg.Ek verstaan julle gaan n goeie span he volgende jaar,wat is jou opinie?In myne sal ek se as al die seuns nog daar was wat in 2014 begin het maar aan beweeg het intussen,sou julle haas onoorwinlik gewees het.Ek weet nie wat se toevoeggings julle intussen gekry het nie,my prediction gaan maar oor laasjaar en hierdie jaar se 0/16 groepe.Sterkte vir volgende seisoen,soos gewoonlik speel julle omtrent net harde games.

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  33. @Grizzly: Die 2017 groep sou vooraf seker beter wees as die 2018 groep in my opinie (1ste span). ‘n Paar baie ongelukkige uitslae in beseringstyd het ons drie wedstryde gekos. Paarl Gim, Paarl Bois en Grey. Slegs Paul Roos en Waterkloof het dit reggekry om Affies goed te klop. As ek reg onthou met sewe en agt punte onderskeidelik. Hopenlik het ons beter resultate volgende jaar met meer harde tuiswedstryde wat voorlê. Speel Paarl Gim en Grey by Affies se velde. Ek dink nie die onder sestiens bepaal aldag hoe jy volgende jaar gaan vaar nie. Die tweede en derde spanne se vertonings is ewe belangrik en daar het Affies baie goed gedoen. As jy wil sien hoe dit met die res van Affies se spanne gegaan het kan jy die volgende blog besoek. Heelwat spanne laer af was onoorwonne deur die jaar.

    http://www.affiesrugby.co.za/blog/affies-2017-seisoen-opsomming-alle-spanne

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  34. @Cappie: Dankie vir die terugvoer.Ek dink julle was by tye baie ongelukkig.Ek het nog gepost iets in die lyn van met n hop van die bal die kant toe,en n beslising van die ref daai kant toe kon julle daai 3 games gewen het.By Kloof se tyd was julle eenvoudig beseringsvoos,baie soos Garsies hier teen die einde.Ek dink so iets soos 8 eerste keuses volgens ek dink @4×4.Stekte vir volgende seisoen…

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  35. @Grizzly: Ek dink dat Affies dalk volgende jaar ‘n verrassing pakket mag oplewer. Daar keer 2 slotte ( 1,98 en 2m..115kg elk) terug wat hierdie jaar geen rugby gespeel het nie, en is daar myns insien 2 yster 8ste manne wat gaan kompeteer vir die posisie.Wat aanwinste aanbetref is daar 2 senters wat opgedaag het, een uit die Wes-Rand en een vanaf Midstream Kollege. Die skakelpaar het reeds die jaar al goeie rugby gespeel en sal hulle gesement wees vir volgende jaar.

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  36. @4×4: van waar in die Wesrand? Kan iemand ook dalk bevestig of Andrew Kota na die Noordvaal area toe kom en by watter skool/unie?

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  37. Weet iemand hoe lyk HJS se span vir 2018.
    Ek het absoluut geen idee wat om te verwag nie.

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  38. @4×4: Sal goed wees,dis die enigste span wat Noorvaal verdedig teen HJS.Ek dink ook die rede hoekom almal van hulle so pro Affies is.Ek dink ek ken daai senter,as dit hy is wat saam daai wilde 8 wat by julle was maar Glenwood toe is,gespeel het.Julle het darem beter bepalings en dit kan nie weer so sleg gaan op beserings gebied nie.Ek dink jul sleutel is jul skakelpaar.Hulle speel al van Bulle 0/13 saam.Tussen hul ore is daar meer bal as party spanne…Die 2000 groep n watertand vooruitsig in pta.Ek voorsien die wen van CW AS die keurders reg kies.In my opinie die beste groep sedert 2012.Ons sal soos altyd volg en ondersteun,GOOD luck,2..3..AFFIES!!!

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  39. Nie deel van hierdie tread nie, maar ek merk dat Stellenberg beloon is vir hul sukses die laaste paar jaar deur hul games teen premier A skole te verminder en hul eerder teen 3de liga skole te laat speel. Met die uitsondering van Boland Landbou, geen games teen teen die wynland skole nie. Geen logika in die plaaslike bepalingslys nie.

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  40. @HE: Ek dink ons is bietjie in n moeilike situasie in terme van hoeveel spanne ons het. Op die oomblik kan ons so 14 spanne dalk 15 in veld stoot en dit is minder as al die Prem A spanne, reken hulle begin almal by so 19 en op. Die probleem vir ons, die spanne in ons ‘liga’ kan max 10 spanne bymekaar kry so either way moet daar games gereel word vir van die spanne. Wat wel n issue is, is die games teen Milnerton, Paarl Valley en Strand. Dit sou meer sin gemaak het as PV en Strand saam op n dag teen ons gespeel het en Milnerton dalk ingeskakel het saam met Tiere. Ek sal nie verbaas wees as n paar van daardie games afgestel word. Skole soos HTS Drostdy en Outeniqua is lekker ons size in terme van spanne maar ons het net 3 games n jaar wat ons kan kies.

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  41. @CharlesZA: Die Brakkies het ook net twee Premier A opponente volgende jaar tw. Bishops en Boland. Sal darem seker weer teen Outeniqua speel op die Brakkies se jaarlikse sportdag.Dinge is besig om te woel by die Brakkies, en die skool hoop ook om meer spanne volgende jaar beskikbaar te hê.

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  42. For those that wonders about my loyalties to Boishaai. Boishaai is a wonderfull school and was very good to my family.My son received a great education, with many oppertunities. Adding to that, we made some fantastic friends, which we treasure. Hence, I will always remain a strong and commited supporter of the school.

    As we have resided in Brackenfell since 1980, I felt that I can try to make a small contribution to the local community, at this late stage of my life. Therefore I am currently helping the Brakkies with their marketing and recruitment. I feel that the school did not make use of the fact that a number of their ex pupils are currently excelling at national level. Apart from Cheslin Kolbie, Brackenfell this year delivered a Sprinbok (Cortnal Skosan), a cricket Protea (Dane Paterson), a netball Protea (Charmaine Baard) and two athletes (Kyle Appel and Jayson Weber).

    The new headmaster, mr. Jannie Muller , is very keen on sport (especially rugby) and the governing body is supporting his drive for excellence. The school have recently completed an Astro turf for hocky, and the gimnasium is being drastically enlarged, and upgraded.

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  43. Het van oggend n insetsel gesien oor die nuwe museum by HJS op die Groot Ontbyt program.
    Very impressive !!
    Nie geweet dat David Frost en ou oom Blackie Swart (ex President) ook oud boois high manne is nie.
    Glo sal seker nog verbaas wees oor talle ander presteerders wat ook daar was gedurende die 150 jare.
    Ek post maar die want daar is amper geen nuus meer deesdae…
    of almal is klaar op verlof…

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  44. @Ooorkant Loftus: Maybe with the new shoolyear ahead we must start a conversation on recrutment. Notbif ot is good or bad but what must a ‘new’ bursary parent look for or ask for when negotiating with thr school. Basically advise for people not exposed to bursaries and agents.

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  45. There must be 2 sections. For what and how to negotiate wirh the scho
    And what too look for in a good agent.

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  46. My Brothers on the bandwagon will soon realise that the dreams are all, that they really are. But why not, we should ask.

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  47. Booking my plane ticket today. still looking for a nice place to stay in Paarl. Going to be a great festival methinks.

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  48. High School Top 200, an NZ SBR Facebook page, suggesting that Otago BHS has pulled out of this tournament.

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  49. @Carl de Kock: They have been busy with the 1st team training squad since September last year. as far as i know my son told me there were 80 players, this will obviously get trimmed as they near the final trials in March. so they don’t have an official team to speak off just yet. i have been to some of the afternoon practices, and either way it looks as though they will once again have an awesome side.

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  50. @boerboel: I spoke to him on Friday. He also said he think he will be ready before then but the date he was given is June. I must say I can’t wait for the season to start.

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  51. @Falcon22: Ons kyk maar hoe dit gaan.
    PRG en GCB is die spanne om te klop vanjaar.

    Daardie jong Maties oefen dat die sooie trek daar op die Markotter.

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  52. @boerboel: maybe we should wait until the trials,i have seen some good talent. maybe a bit preordained to say who will be in the position now….

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  53. @CharlesZA: Charles ! Het jy ook gehoor dat daar moontlik in die WP nie meer wedstryde tussen die veskillende ligas gespeel sal word nie, weens die water tekort. Dit sal beteken dat alle skole net teen hul eie gereelde teenstanders in hul ligas sal speel.

    Indien waar, sal dit maar hartseer wees vir skole soos julle en Brakkies, wat gewoonlik darem n paar wedstryde teen die groot honde kry.

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  54. @Kattes-Strofes: Nog niks darvan gehoor nie. Ons darem net 3 games die jaar teen daardie spanne. Meeste van hulle laat in seisoen so weet nie of dit ons sal raak.

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  55. @CharlesZA: Darem bly skole rugby kom uiteindelik aan die gang. Ek gaan die naweek bietjie Hopefield toe vir hul toernooi. Sal dan kan sien hoe die nuwe inname van Brakkies (0/14) vaar. Hulle het egter n moeilike 1ste hekkie teen Drosdy, met sy, volgens gerugte, 11 Cravenweek spelers.

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  56. @Kattes-Strofes: Ja, was n lang wag maar nou is dit sulke tyd. Ons het darem so paar ligte games by junior spanne vir n paar weke voor ons Oakdale aanvat. Die seniors het reeds volgende naweek teen die einste Drostdy n wedstryd op die plaas. Dit gaan n groot game wees!

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  57. If the Cape schools can put an evening together like the Bulls if will be a good 150. Well done Noordvaal schools

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  58. @Cappie:.. and that AP Dragons teams from Pacific Islands won’t be small either..Maybe not so astute in structured play, but I think they will keep defenders busy!

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  59. @odie15: What’s going on here, the only island missing is Mauritius. Rhinos and Jaguars and Legavaans… Where’s Brisbane Boys etc?

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  60. @Die Ken: Vanmiddag toevallig op die Kavaliers van Australie se “oefening” in die Paarl afgekom….nie dat hul wou oefen nie. Dit was heel duidelik dat hul hier is om vakansie te hou
    Voorspel groot wenne vir Monument en Landbou !

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  61. @Hooit: Apparently not.

    Ek gaan try om n game of 2 te gaan kyk. Die Grey en HJS teen CBHS sal seker die enigste games wees wat moeite werd is om te kyk.

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  62. @Hooit: Dit lyk of die wedstryde op Netwerk 24 gestream gaan word. Gaan kyk op “World Schools Festival” op twitter vir die link

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  63. @CharlesZA: Christchurh en Napier is die enigste 2 skole spanne en behoort goed te wees…Die ander 8 spanne is uitnodigingspanne wat nog nooit saamgespeel het nie… Dit jammer , want dit is n great konsep van Sean Erasmus.

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  64. Ryder cup formaat word gebruik om te bepaal wie met die Oakland cup sal wegstap.

    SA teen die res van die wereld.

    Kom ons kyk maar eers hoe die oorsese spanne vertoon voordat ons hulle as gemiddeld of saamgeflans uitmaak.

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  65. As ek nou kyk na die gehalte van die streaming hier, en dit wat digicomm by Glewood opgedis het vanoggend dan raak ek sommer van voor af die hel in…

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  66. Must say! This Napier side do not have the skills so evident in most NZ teams. They have some quality loosies and their scrums are ok ! However! Boland,s backs are having a field day, exposing some poor defence from the visitors. Must add! Boland really looks a slick outfit, and hopefully they will not take their feet off the pedal in the 2nd half.

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  67. @Smallies: Verskriklik gefrustreerd! :( :( Sukkel al heeldag met Digicomms se streaming. Gaan nou nie ons game kan kyk as dit so aanhou nie!! As mens die diens aanbied moet jy dit kan doen!

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  68. @MikeSt: Dink hulle moet games vir later die week dalk bietjie op mix. Hierdie arme Amerikaners moet nog teen Oakdale ook speel.

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  69. Having watched the first game and a half I hope that Heinecke Meyer has not been paid any money for recruiting these second rate teams. I just hope for Paarl Boys sake that the other games produce better competition. World Schools my …… :oops:

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  70. Eerste 100-tal oppad.

    Ek dink die SA-spanne kan al die wedstryde wen. Net Christchurch en Hartpury staan dalk ‘n kans om iets te wen, maar hulle SA-kompetisie is ook maar hard.

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  71. @Cappie: ons not so super spanne is maar crap, maar boeta ons skole ruggas is wereld klas…… Wat in die vyfjaar tussen matriek en not so superugby verkeerd gaan kan ma net voor saru se deur gegooi word

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  72. Ek dink vir ‘n span soos Outeniqua wat nog net die wind van voor gekry het is so ‘n wedstryd goed vir die gemoed.

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  73. @Cappie: ek dink eerlik waar die skole het niks vir ons nie, ek wil so ver gaan en voorspel dat die buiteland spanne almal gaan slae kry, Christchurch gaan more teen n Grey span speel wat klein bietjie op hulle neuse moes kyk saterdag… En dan vang hulle vir BH tuis en hulle is nie so flou getoer soos laas jaar nie…. Ek vermoed dat Christchurch n laang toernooi gaan he

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  74. @MikeSt: Hartpury College is different to Hartpury RFC. Hartpury RFC is a men’s team that plays in the second division of English rugby (i.e. one below Saracens, Leicester, Bath, etc), so probably at the level of EP Kings or maybe Mpumalanga Pumas. However, Hartpury College is a very strong English rugby school. I read the following on the school website re their rugby:

    “As the UK’s most successful sports college, we’re skilled at helping elite athletes to find the optimal balance to achieve sporting and academic excellence and open doors to a career beyond your sport.

    Winners of the AASE Championship national colleges title for seven years in a row – every year since the competition started – our Under-18s rugby programme is arguably the most successful in the country. As well as a proud record of international honours – more than 150 rugby internationals in the last 10 years – hundreds of our students have gone on to secure professional contracts, with almost half of the current Gloucester Rugby senior and Academy squads having come from the Hartpury ranks!”

    In short, our teams had better not take them lightly, as I want to see them klapped! :-)

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  75. @Cappie: Yes, definitely very strong…and they are at the end of their season, so should be firing on all cylinders, albeit maybe a bit tired.

    Quite often English schools come out to SA and receive hidings, partly because our SBR is the best in the world…but also because they often bring development teams for the next year, so are effectively a year younger. I very much doubt that is the case with Hartpury at this festival. Also, the main focus re junior rugby in the UK is at clubs and academies (like soccer in SA), not schools, but clearly Hartpury sounds like it has many of the academy players in its area (Gloucester, where Ackers is the coach) anyway.

    If memory serves, EG Jansen went on a development tour in Dec a few years back and received a few hidings from the academy teams. MikeSt may be able to provide more details.

    I’m not guaranteeing that Hartpury will be good, but Affies should not take any chances. They don’t want to be remembered as the SA school that lost to the poms!! :-)

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  76. @Smallies: Na ek hulle gebel het kon ek darem so helfte van ons wedstryd teen Glenwood Inv sien. Woes geïriteerd gewees! :evil:
    Centurion 15 Glenwood 0. Baie tjommelrige wedstryd met vreeslik baie hanteerfoute en strafskoppe. Veld nat en bal glad. Sien Grey 15-19 teen Ligbron verloor. Ry môre aand deur dir nag van Mosselbaai af om betyds te wees vir Donderdag 09:00 wedstryd teen Grey.

    @CharlesZA: Absolut! :-D Het vir Beet gestuur.

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  77. @Vleis: We played only 1 academy Leicester Tigers and yep got a massive hiding was u19s vs our u16 and 17s. Then we played Blackrock and St Michaels in Ireland. The nr1 and 2 schools at that stage in Ireland and still think today.

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  78. @Vetseun: ja hulle was ook maar bietjie disjointed en die skopper het sy verkeerde toks in gepak :lol: maar ek dink dis heel ok gewees as mens in ag neem dat Grey 3 volle toerspanne op die selfde tyd weg het sal ma sien, ek dink ons gaan bietjie teen julle knor Donderdag… Of dalk nie, time will tell

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  79. @Vetseun: ek persoonlik sal nie daardie stuk pad in die nag aan vat nie veral nie van Grahamstown af na oos londen en dan deur die ou Transkei nie, ry eerder vroer en slaap in Durban

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  80. Any reason why they have a night game without decent lights? Such an elite tournament with such inferior lights.

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  81. Hartpury not a school but a sports academy, RFC and College one and the same. A feeder for Acker’s Gloucester.

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  82. Gebruik hulle die crowd se selfoon liggies om die veld te belig?

    Grey gaan gevaarlik wees met hulle blou truie in die donker patches.

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  83. @Smallies: Soos vroeër gesê, vir ons om teen Grey te speel is ‘n ervaring, maak nie saak watter span nie! Ons gebruik hierdie toer grotendeels om voor te berei vir ons liga, so ons vat wat ons kan kry! Maar as ons kan sê ons het Grey gewen kan ons dalk top 10 wees die jaar! :lol: Dankie vir die besorgdheid, maar ons gaan Bloem deur ry Durban toe so sal waai as ons vroegoggend daar deur gaan!

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  84. Can they Boishigh bloggers please clear this up for me: Is the school 150 years old this year or the lights or both?

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  85. @Smallies: unfortunately HM and Carinat thought prudent to announce tournament only in August. Many teams were keen early in the year but tours take more than 6 months planning. Launching tournament in this timeline was puzzling from my limited opinion!

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  86. So was the Monnas score 48-12 (ruggas) or 36-14 (pbh) ?

    Were the lights so bad that some tries were not seen?

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  87. @Hooit: ek sit nou en dink ne as hulle die aussies se coach dalk skud sal hulle die missing gloeilampe dalk daar kry…. Saam met n stukkie skuurpapier dalk

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  88. @Vetseun: skemertyd in die karoo…. Hou ma jou oe oop mooi ry kodoe loop tot by springfotein verby, gelukkig nog nie regtig winter dat hulle die teerpad se hitte kom soek nie, baie vlakvarke ook deesdae in die suid vrystaat

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  89. @Hooit: Think HM feels 150 years old. A festival is not equal to humiliation. Boishaai should get someone else to organise the next international festival – if there is a next one.

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  90. @odie15: Yes and no. Nellies probably would’ve beaten all four foreign teams that played today, Daniel Pienaar probably would’ve beaten two or three out of four and the Golden Lions would’ve beaten one or two out of the four.

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  91. @Riempies: difficult job to convince international teams or should we say NZ teams to come. We watch our teams play and it’s very competitive. You only realize how strong it is when they play against the top teams from abroad. SA top 10 is maybe a very harsh environment for our top 50 so I guess internationals would be haunted!

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  92. @odie15: idea was novel but would have been great if the invited the Top 20 SA schools to play each other.. but yes everybody want to measure themself against overseas players…

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  93. Sien die kritici is groen van jaloesie. Lagwekkend.
    Dis n Festival of rugby. Nie die world champs nie. Moerse verskil.
    Voeg die daad by die woord en reel gerus iets beter.
    Ja, en ons ligte is maar treurig. Maar dis ons s’n en maak Brugstraat spesiaal.
    Hoop hierdie kinders smee rugbybande wat nog jare se plesier en goeie herinneringe aan hulle gaan verskaf.
    Basta met die suur ou ooms. Viva rugby. Viva die seuns.
    Hierdie geleenrheid is baanbrekerswerk vir skolerugby.

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  94. Ai ai manne van die Suide reel vir Trevor Noah om julle bietjie te laat lag. Alles net in n ligte luim vam die meeste van die bloggers af.

    Hoop julle die candle lit dinner geniet. :lol: :lol:

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  95. @Losbal: aaag ou moenie si ernstig wees nie Diamantveld se ligte is ook ma sleg dis skole die nie internasionale stadeons nie, dis n baie lekker toernooi en die laaitys gaan eendag as hulle kleinkinders op die Boishaai 200 jaar toernooi speel praat oor die lekker 150 toernooi, flou ligte en al

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  96. So chat hulle hul self op met hulle gekose boys en die alpha en omega wat op die einde absoluut @#$& beteken en het dan die vermetelheid om te kritiseer terwyl daar absoluut @#$& by die huis is. Kry vir jou!

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  97. @Grizzly: season still long. I said contender. I believe I didn’t mention who top 5 were? 20 teams are top 5 contenders surely until they drop out of the race!

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  98. @Riempies: @Grizzly: @Greenman: @Smallies: I believe we have WK and their selection of top teams seems pretty decent. The BRT idea was to have something different/unique. The formula to attract quality International teams is the main hurdle. Inaugural event extremely difficult in this timeline…. Boishaai toured NZ last year it was 4 years planning. I thought we would give this more than 6 months notice.

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  99. @odie15: dis n lekker fees en die outjies jol teen buiteland se spanne, ongeag die standaard is daar bitter min laatys wat oor 20 jaar sal kan se ek het gejol op BH se 150 jaar toernooi, hierdie is n fees en ek persoonlik laaik die konsep baie🤘🤘🤘flou ligte en al

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  100. @Smallies: Was al daar!Ek lees jou comment van waar ons skoolspanne so agteruit gaan as hulle snrs toe gaan…Waar,WAAR en hoekoem gebeur dit.Ek weet dit kan nie net een ding wees nie,ek glo vas aan NZ se kant dis die toetrede van die Suidsee eiland se jong seuns wat beurse kry na skool,universiteit ens.Hoeveel van hulle was in NZ spanne in ons glorie tydperk?80’s en voor dit?Ek dink ons het te veel talent,spoiled for choice..Hoeveel seuns wat nie eers CW geruik het nie gaan oorsee en maak n lewe uit rugby?Ek weet nie wie het die antwoorde nie,maar nog n faktor is mense in posisies wat daar is oor wie hulle ken,nie oor die skill wat hulle na die tafel toe bring nie.Kyk wat het nou weer by die Bulle gebeur!Lagwekkend!

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  101. @Grizzly: so praat jy my taal. Chat tot vervelens toe die kroonprins op en dan raak die net weg. Hoe lyk daai ruggas rankings van laas jaar lately?

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  102. @Grizzly: jip en as die meeste profinsiale afrigters klaar is met n senter kan hulle nie n gap van 20 m voor hulle sien nie, want daai gap is mos nie veronderstel om daar te wees voor die 75ste fase nie

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  103. @Grizzly: garsies are high on totum pole….think the next 2 years we’ll see great competitive rugby after NZ decide this is unacceptable that 50 points goes past a school of theirs….4 NZ teams were say requested….4 replied yes please then Hamilton’s & Otago withdrew in November.

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  104. @Smallies: also need to add that SBR is only merit rugby in SA. Unfortunately plenty lost amongst the total shambolic nature of our snr systems.

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  105. @Hooit: They tested those lights early yesterday afternoon and there was enough light, I think they will be more effective in the day. The lights on the draught taps are more visible with these lights so it does make it easier to find the beer tent. We think of everything.

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  106. @odie15: @Smallies: I think merit selection is a major factor and at schools level we still have that. Look at Pieter he won two super rugby titles came to one of the top rugby schools in our country and he hasn’t been unable to even win against his average neighbor, never mind dominate schools rugby? It does say something of the level of our school coaches. If the best coaches are not used from the bottom up you won’t have success. Before isolation we played awesome rugby and dominated world rugby with our coaches and style of play, SBW is only doing offloads he use to see Michael Dup, Frik Du Preez and other Springboks do. With more communities in the system we should be better not worse, but why are we not better? Transformation is done incorrectly that’s why we struggle. There is other factors to, like the death of club rugby to a large extent and the fact that schools are our main feeder for the pro teams. It made schoolboy rugby much more “professional” in SA. I am not sure if schools in other countries spend as much as we do on their rugby programs. The euro and pound is also a big reason our top pro teams struggle. These players only have so much time to make their money and who can blame them? In the end SBR is the only pure merit based rugby left in our country, no mater who you are or what your believes are, if you are the best you will play for your schools first team, at no other level of SA rugby can we still say the same. It is very sad that we have so much talent but the will is not there to develop it properly, the easy option always seem the one we like to take which is short sighted and won’t solve anything in the long run.

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  107. @Hooit: Herinner my aan ‘n game op WK ‘n paar jaar terug toe die ligte ook so power was. Gelukkig vir GCB speel hulle in donkerblou, wat hul in die game gehou het. Anders was dit ‘n massacre

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  108. @Smallies: Het maar dieselfde Maandag bd Paarl Gim 0/16 toernooi gesien. ‘n Sekere span se afrigtingspan het langs my oppie veld gestaan. Daai latte hoef niks, maar niks te dink nie. Die 2 ou afrigtertjies skreeu elke set move, elke beweging, tot uit losspel, vir die latte van die kantlyn af. So, dit gebeur maar by sekere skole ook.

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  109. Gisteraand met n Boland man gesels..Hy vertel my die hoogtepunt volgens die seuns was toe hulle hulle eerste Haka geface het..Iets wat hulle nooit sal vergeet nie en lusmaak vir nog!..En die seuns kuier lekker saam na die tyd!

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  110. @Die Ken: :( sadly no…..I will be home hopefully by Boishaai vs Grey! That’s unfortunately Gim vs Roos as well thanks to Greyt hijacking the Rondebosch match…. tell me when in May best game to meet then we go from there.

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  111. @Die Ken:toemaar julle kry die iaar nog n kans, snaaks hoe jy ten spyte van monnas se talle puik prestasies dit onthou…… Wys jou nou ma net hoe kosbaar n Grey scalp regtig is ne😂😂😂

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  112. @Hooit: nee wat man n ou melk mos ma jou skool se prestasies, almal doen dit mos ma, party openliker as ander…. Monnas is al vir jare n top top skool en daar is niks fout daarmee om te bragg oor dit nie… Dis mos lekker

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  113. @Losbal: Great comment@Losbal: Just an observation, Boland Landbou can put almost 50 points against Menlo at Loftus in a shortened game, PRS put over 60 against Nelspruit at St John’s, Grey put almost a half century on against Garsfontein last week. Yet we are surprised when our SBR teams do it to an overseas team. Watching the games yesterday, the pace, physicality and intensity with which our school boys play rugby is without peer. And it’s great to watch even in the darkness. Those white monnas jerseys came out of the darknesss like streaks of lightening. 6, 8 and 13 impressed me for Monnas. And I think the center pairing of Boland Landbou is very special.

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  114. @Human Piranha: Let me please put the BL/Menlo game again in context. Menlo started the game with their second team and the half time score was 30 – 0. The second half they played with their first team and the score second half was 15 – 10 Boland.

    Did you watch the Grey/Garsfontein game!? I don’t think so.

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  115. @AbsolutMenlo: yes I did, and it was a fantastic game of SBR. And I watched Garsfontein tactically outplay and beat BL at the farm. Not having a go at them, just making a point around the big scores. And a positive comment around SBR in SA.
    And I watched your Menlo U15’s in a great game against Grey on Monday at the farm which you narrowly lost, so I do get around a bit 😀

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  116. @BoishaaiPa: Yes they did … The Bulls day is not normal rugby … no kicking, rolling subs, squad of 26, 40 minutes full time …. and listed by Beet as unofficial.

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  117. @Human Piranha: Garsies het met n converted try en n pen verloor teen Grey.Die vraag is wat sou die telling gewees het sou Grey die Kwaggas 2 dae vroeer gespeel het en Garsies was uitgerus,hulle 1ste game?Sou die uitslag dieselfde gewees het,niemand sal ooit weet nie.@BoishaaiPa: Ons kon 10 replacements vat die aand wat baie is in span opset.

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  118. @Smallies: Ja,slaap jy nie!Lewe jy op koffie en Red Bulls!Ek het genoeg gesien om Grey te pip as my nr1 vir die jaar.Julle het geen swak plekke nie,groot sterk,beweeglike vaste 5,verwoere lostrio,skole 10 met slim vinnige backs….Ek dink ons rooster was te vol voor Grey,maar wat moet Boland se 8-O ,daarom,geen verskonings,net perspetief.

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  119. @Human Piranha: I dont think Rugbyman will use this sentence to describe their victory over Landbou: “I watched Garsfontein tactically outplay and beat BL at the farm”. It was a close game and Garsies was not near their best on the day.

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  120. @Grizzly: werk net tot 23h30 maar staan uit gewoonte 05h00 op, het al reeds gras gesny en kar gewas vandag, nou chill ek tot 13h30 as ek weer moet begin regmaak

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  121. @CharlesZA: ek werk naweke ook so, ons het twee nagdiens skofte, 14h30 tot 23h30, en 23h30 tot 08h00, ek werk elke tweede naweek en die skofte roteer, ek werk 18 nagskofte n maand en 5 dagskofte

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  122. Festival of Rugby blah blah blah…

    Ek dink nie dit is volhoubaar om hierdie feestelike geleentheid elke jaar aan te bied nie, mense gaan nie tou staan om 15 000km te reis om met 100 punte te verloor nie.

    En jaarlikse derbies en WK en NS bied reeds geleentheid vir die SA skole om kragte te meet.

    Lyk my Losbal soek net hossanha sangers hier…

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  123. @AbsolutMenlo: you had your chances to win it. That intercept try by Grey at the death flattered the score line.
    Your pack is very impressive.

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  124. @CharlesZA: Garsie fetchers outplayed BL at the breakdown. After watching BL at Loftus and what they did at the breakdown there the week before I assume Garsie coaches devised a plan to counteract that. Hence my tactic comment. I thought the Garsie 6 and 7 were excellent.

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  125. @Grizzly: What a difference a year makes? Good to see you now understand the difference a tough schedule makes.

    @CharlesZA: Don’t underestimate the gardeners, especially at the farm. What happened against Transvalia?

    @Rainier: Nothing to see here that should concern you, you can move on. Interesting how you know what the kids would rather do? PRG results don’t reflect any competition for them so far this year, with your reasoning they shouldn’t play anybody next year?

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  126. Al ondersteun ek al die SA spanne is ek half bly dit lyk of daar dalk n bietjie weerstand kan wees van die Italianers. Ek glo Glenwood sal wel wen.

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  127. @Stier: Geen kompetisie? Nelspruit het met 3 punte teen Menlo gewen. As hy stellings wil maak moet jy eers jou feite regkry. Nelspruit sal ten minste 7/10 internasionale spanne by die Boishaai fees op ‘n drafstap wen.

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  128. @Smallies: Jy is presies reg in wat jy se. Over coaching is die rede hoekom ons rugby so lyk.

    Ouers moet baie mooi dink waar hulle hulle kinders laat gaan na skool.

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  129. @Stier: Sal nooit die boere onderskat. Het maar net reply op die man wat gese het Garsies het vir BL outplay. Wat ek nie dink die geval was nie.

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  130. @CharlesZA: Ek het julle seccies nou vir twee jaar by NS gesien en beide jare impressive! Oefen nulle saam die eerstes of het hulle ‘n eie afrigter wat apart met hulle werk?

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  131. @Maroon: Stay calm, nothing wrong with my facts. Like I said their results REFLECTS that nobody managed to give them a game so far this year. Who cares what Nelspruit did against Menlo or anybody else it has nothing to do with my argument. At rugby festivals there are always mismatches, even in any teams normal season there will be mismatches. At North South some teams got badly beaten. Should it be stopped, or should some schools not get invited again? Strength vs strength is not what festivals are about.

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  132. Festival so far is farcical! sorry but blow out / cricket scores are unacceptable. Absolutely no value in seeing teams get smashed up. I know there will be some better match ups later but so far it’s been too one sided.

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  133. @MikeSt: Have to agree, it was a great way to give players a different route to still make rugby their career. Sad that winning is so important that development will be sacrificed just to win a cup?

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  134. @Die Ken: Daai comment van jou oor die Paarl 0/16 game wat die afrigters die calls maak die heeltyd som die toxic state van ons rugby op…Weet nie of jy die Grey/Garsies game gekyk het nie.Die drie van Garsies 13 met die chip van 10 toe hulle eenvoudig nie deur Grey se muur kon breek nie word nie meer afgerig nie…

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  135. @Grizzly: I saw bits and pieces of nearly all the N-S games and in my opinion there were no mismatches. Garsies pulled out a big score against an Outeniqua team short on match fitness and who fought right to the very end…and the other larger scores (e.g. Eg v Gim) were very tight for most of the match.

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  136. Yesterday the average score was 66-11.

    Today looks much closer… :lol:

    Playa, its a festival, not a farcical.

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  137. Looks like my concerns re Hartpury were correct. Affies down by 12 to 0 after only 10 minutes. 8-O 8-O

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  138. Did Derek Alberts just make a reference to his co commentator’s wife Carlien?

    That is awkward!!! 8-O

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  139. @BoishaaiPa: In geheel beoordeel is hierdie fees van rugby inderdaad n FEES by uitstek. Heerlik om hier te wees. Well done Boishaai!!

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  140. Great 1ste helfte. Impressed met die Argentyne. Groot pak forwards. Mooi 9 10 en 12

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  141. 13-10 for Argies at half time.

    PBH underdone at the moment.

    Think 2nd half will be much better.

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  142. @Cappie: En daar duik Affies in die hek. Ek kan dit net toeskryf aan te min voorbereiding. Een game voor die een…kom ons hoop die res vd seisoen gaan beter

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  143. Bliksem dit was nou n match.. PBH julle manne het great gespeel…
    Moet se ek is veral impress met Argentyne se bal hantering en hul werk by afbreek punte…

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  144. Paarl Boys and Affies probably did not expect this. Yesterday the ROW school teams did not look strong enough for the South African schools. Two top SA rugby schools beaten today. 8-O

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  145. Ek dink dat Christchurch n helse fout gemaak het met daai haka, mens kon sommer sien hoe daai Grey seuns aan geswitch het, koshuis vs stad chanting in die saal het sy voordele

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  146. The team managers not doing their job, jerseys very similar, very confusing to the players and referee ☹️

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  147. @Pinotage: my bors is baie baie breed, vanaand, Christchurch se haka was hulle eie ondergang vanaand gewees, mens kon sommer sien hoe Grey aan geswitch het tydens dit

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  148. @Cappie: Affies het na my mening glad nie n swak span nie. Dit was een van daardie dae wat nie veel wou regloop vir hulle nie.

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  149. @Smallies: vir julle wat kla oor ligte, ek was gisteraand daar en dis baie beter as wat dit op stream lyk. Goeie gees en lekker atmosfeer, dankie HJP

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  150. Ek het die laaste drie wedstryde vanaand gaan kyk. Tot my verbasing, na al die vorige kritiek op die blog, het ek uitstaande rugby beleef. Ek hoop die toernooi groei van krag tot krag

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  151. @Oakdale supporter: jy weet mos dat Diamantveld se ligte swak is en dat Monnas ons laas daar pak gegee het, nou ja ek het dit net onder n monnas man se aandag gebring dat Grey nogals baie goed onder ligte gelyk het vanaand

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  152. @Kritikaster: Almal het die laaste 3 wedstryde geniet, miskien met die uitsondering van Affies en HJP ondersteuners.

    Dit was die hoof kritiek teen gister en die eerste wedstryde vanoggend – die eensydigheid. Indien die organiseerders wil volhou met die wye net kan ek voorstel dat spanne soos Ithembelihle of Humansdorp Sekonder genooi word om teen die swakker spanne te speel.

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  153. Gr8 game van Grey af. Dink hulle gaan moeilik gestop word die jaar. Baie gebalanseerd en daar is n paar ysters in daardie span.

    Dink die oomblik baie groot gewees vir PBH manne. Baie ongedwonge foute en hulle erg nervous gelyk. Selfs vir daai old boisman wat die ref moes reprimand. Was gr8 om die passion van Old Boys te sien.

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  154. @MikeSt: Ek wou dit nie sê nie, maar jy is reg. Dit het nie soos die Booishaai span van die laaste paar jaar gelyk nie. Kruisig my nou maar, maar op die oomblik lyk Gim beter. Intersante jaar!!

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  155. Ek dink die Argentyne het ‘n moerse span om vir PBH te kon klop! Dis groot seuns daai… Die manne wat vir PBH afskryf sal ‘n reuse fout maak…

    Affies wens seker dat hulle toe die dag in die reen gespeel het… Ek dink hulle is heeltemal underdone in terme van wedstryd fiksheid…

    Grey was BAIE goed… ek het bietjie meer verwag van Christchurch Boys… hulle was so opgehype voor die tyd…

    Behalwe vir dit moet ek darem net sê: Hierdie is VERSEKER nie die beste internasionale skole teen die beste SA skole nie… Ek dink behalwe vir die argies die 1 engelse skool en Christchurch is die res maar average… Die span wat teen Gim gespeel het, het dan ‘n Stellenbosch student in gehad? Hoe dan so?

    O ja… en die man wat hierbo gesê het ons het Boland outplay… nee my maat, dit was baie tough… al wat vir ons daai game gewen het was 2 briljante offloads en die feit dat ons letterlik 180 tackles gemaak het… Groot defensive effort gewees…

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  156. Morning everyone apologies I have had issues getting on SBR….beet says there are few issues! Anyway looks like festival got into gear!!!!! With a BANG….I am sure there are plenty annoyed that we lost but losing happens….being knocked down happens. Unfortunately the bois misseed 4 kicks and lost the ball at the tryline few times. But that’s pressure that creates those moments. I don’t like historical events…history has shown Big Historical events end in tears more often than not. My info tells me that the Jaguares team is quite good so the Gim game takes good twist ahead!!!

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  157. @odie15: more mnr, ja nee ek moet se dit was asof hulle bietjie shell shocked was hoor, nie die BH wat ek ken nie…. Maar julle sal terug kom, Christchurch moet maar lig loop saterdag

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  158. Dink ek het nou die meeste van die groot kannone sien speel….
    PRG my nommer een vir die jaar.. Grey kort kop agter hulle..
    Stem saam met res PBH nie na dieselfde champion span as afgelope twee jaar gelyk nie..
    Welgedaan aan Grey..
    @Odie they will get up like most teams do..

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  159. @Smallies: As Naas said the Curriecup is not won in May! Would have been nice to begin season with wins. But after 3 amazing years I am quite content that we lost. The season starts in couple weeks with WK, we also have a buoyant Outeniqua. Then the May swing when we have Grey, Paul Roos, Oakdale and Landbou….8 massive weeks ahead.

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  160. @Riempies: I have a bit of a different view on the season. Roos was unbeaten 2 years ago as u16s with Grey on their heels and Boishaai 3rd having lost to both of them.

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  161. @odie15: Biggest difference for me with PRG is that they play as a team….No big name stars… or treated as such.. Just a team…

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  162. OK! I waited till this morning to give my feefback from yesterday,s matches. Must say, that even if some of the scores seemed one sided, most of the matches were competitive. Yes! The majority of the mixed teams, that consists of players from various schools, are struggling to perform as a unit, and for obvious reasons, lack the passion of our top schools.

    Na hul onverwagte nederlae, kan rugby liefhebbers moontlik vir Affies en Boishaai afskryf. Ek skryf hierdie uitslae aan die volgende toe: 1) Affies en Boishaai het miskien die krag van die opposisie onderskat, in die lug wat met al die ander wedstryde se uitslae tot dusver gebeur het 2) Hartpury College is n gedugte en goed afgerigte span, wat reeds n hele aantal Engelse Rose opgelewer het.
    Die Argentynse span is basies hul nasionale span, en almal weet darem dat Argentinia is nie meer die aspoestertjie van wereld rugby nie. Hulle het werklik n paar groot manne in hul span en is die 1ste span wat vir Boishaai in n baie lang tyd kon boelie voorlangs. Ja! Ons almal het verwag dat Boishaai se droom tydperk die een of ander tyd sou klaarmaak. Ons land se skole rugby is net te goed dat hierdie “run” kon voortduur. Boishaai het verseker n paar gebreke in die span vanjaar, maar ek is seker Sean en sy afrigting span sou dit raak sien, en probeer regmaak voor die plaaslike seisoen afskop.

    Ek reken egter dat Affies en Boishaai sal steeds vanjaar aanspraak maak op ons Top 10 (selfs Top 5) skole. My ander kandidate op hierdie vroëe stadium is (in geen volgorde nie) Grey Bloem, Paul Roos,Monnas, Garsies, Boland, Oakdale, Menlo en Glenwood. Ek sou ook vir Tranvalia bygevoeg het, maar hulle speel ongelukkig teen te min van die groot aanspraakmakers.

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  163. Yes this was not Boishaais best performance but it is what it is. It had to happen at some stage and now it did, now things can return to normal. I thought Grey or PRG or one of our many top schools would stop our winning streak, instead a school form a nation that is not known for their schools rugby but soccer stoped our winning streak…..eina! At least I was standing in the beer garden and not in the rain and wind on a cold winters afternoon, so I guess it could have been worse? Well played to the Argentine school they played well. I guess we will get a better idea of their strength once Gim has played against them? There is no doubt that there is a few things Sean will have to look at. However I think these boys will still be a strong team. One consolation must be that soon Sean will have four first choice players back.

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  164. What a glorious day it was in Paarl. Took a while to find parking but luckily I eventually found some space :mrgreen:. I watched the last three games (Affies vs Hartpury, Boishaai vs Jagueres and Grey College vs Christchurch Boys).

    Before I give my own perspective on the games I would just like to talk about the festival and the sportsmanship of the boys. Paarl Boys did an excellent job here, the lighting for the night games could be better but everything else was bang on perfect. It was interesting to see that our boys from SA didn’t really support each other but the International sides did. I guess the boys don’t want to support their rivals :mrgreen:. Especially the Oakdale boys. They really wanted Affies and Boishaai to lose as you could see them cheering every mistake our SA sides made. The Paarl parents were really warm and friendly and were always in the mood to talk about rugby and the thing is even after they lost, they were humble and congratulated the Argentinians. Anyway, now to the rugby!!!

    Affies vs Hartpury
    This was a titanic game. The Hartpury boys just looked like a better coached side. It’s interesting to see that even though they don’t have flair players, they play such a structured style of rugby. You can see that the players are always trying to exploit space and they had a firm game plan. Everytime their forwards went charging up in the middle, they would make meters and by because the Affies defence wasn’t solid but primarily because the running angles of their forwards were superb. I thought the English 10 and 11 were outstanding and really put pressure on the Affies backline. Now to Affies! Their 14 was superb. It almost looked like everytime he got the ball, something would happen. I would have thought that their would always be a wing to support him when he made his break but a lot of the time he would be isolated after he made a break and the ball would be turned over. The Affies backline really looked impressive and it’s a pity they just couldn’t finish off their really good backline moves. Affies were literally on Hartpurys try line in overtime and then the Hartpury wing intercepted to close the game. What an enjoyable game to watch. It felt like a test match. Some of our English boys schools here in SA can learn something from their forwards on how to play a structured forward game against the massive Afrikaans powerhouses. What was beautiful to see, isnwhen the Hartpury boys were walking in front of the stands after the game, everyone clapped for them to show their appreciation. We might be ultra competitive in SA but we respect a team that can play rugby. Great sportsmanship by the crowd!

    Boishaai vs Jagaures
    Another colossal clash between the forwards. The Argentinians have a massive pack and in some cases, they won the collision point. The Boishaai Number 5 was tireless and he gave it his all. I was really impressed by his work rate and his overall rugby IQ. Boishaais kicking was not good on the day and this really cost them. The Jagaures half back pairing was superb. They controlled the game, kicked excellently and again you could see that these boys were really well coached. This game also had a test match feel. I almost felt that the Boishaai backline just never got into gear and always made silly mistakes after they broke the line but hats off to the Jaguares because their scramble defence was oh so good. Again, the crowd showed their appreciation by clapping for a long time as the Argentina’s walked past the stand. Brilliant!!!!!

    Grey College vs Christchurch Boys
    I’ll start off by saying that I think Grey are the best side at this festival. Wow they looked like a different prospect. I really don’t think any side can beat them this year but Hartpury will give them a massive test. This is the Grey College I know. The number 1 powerhouse in SA historically. Their number 7 should be SA schools without a shadow of a doubt. Pace, size, skill, physical and rugby IQ. He has it all. That boy just looked like he was given a rugby ball while still in his mother’s womb. Greys forward pack gained meters at will because they just didn’t run into contact aimlessly but ran with good posture, speed and space. They always looked to offload which made them a nightmare to front up against. Their support play is outstanding. The Grey backs are so dangerous and Wycliff (Grey 13) is also another SA schools prospect along with the Affies 13. Everytime he got the ball he would break the line. Greys backline just looked like they knew where they needed to be and they knew when to utilise the inside ball to their big men in the forward pack. It’s alomst seemed as though Grey were signalling their return to the summit with this performance but let’s wait and see what they do the rest of this year. Now to Christchurch. What was most impressive about them is also their backline. Their centres were a real headache to Grey. They also almost broke at will and their turn of speed was excellent. I loved the fact that their forward pack started to find rhythm in the second half and they were fronting up physically. Let’s remember that Grey put 45 points on them in the 1st half. They can be proud of the way they played despite the score line because the Pure fact is that they came up against a superior side which in my opinion looks like the number 1 side in the country this year thus far.
    Now back to Grey. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed watching them. Champagne rugby! What a treat to watch rugby on how it’s supposed to be played. More of the same against Hartpury please!!

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  165. I actually feel sorry for the HJP boys – that unbeaten local run from 2014 must have weighed heavily on their minds, even though I am sure the coaches really tried to minimise its importance. You could see the emotion next to the field just before the end.

    To put it into perspective some of the boys in that 2014 Marlow team are now 4th year varsity students.

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  166. @Slam: He was, but Appollis is the incumbent and from what I have seen of him this year he has taken a step up from last year.

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  167. @CapeMan: Well said ! I fully endorse your remarks ! Must add that Paarl Gim is currently flying under the radar. However! Although they only have a few, so called “name” players in their lineup, they do look a classy and well coached outfit, and should poise some big questions to all the local top schools.
    Footnote: I hope that the Argentians did not think that last night was their only challenge. I had a late night meal at a well known Paarl watering hole, and the Jaguars boys were in high spirits, and boosted the sales of SA Breweries.

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  168. @Rainier: he also stands out at 13 from what I have seen when Garsies played. good to see some talent come through at 13. such an important position.

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  169. @Atlantic: Het gister gehoor dat hy moontlik hier teen die einde van hiedie kwartaal kan begin oefen. Boishaai se mediese span sal egter nie met sy toekoms en gesondheid kanse vat nie. Indien hulle hom gereed verklaar om te begin oefen,bly daar egter n groot vraagteken of sy kondisionerings vlak so vinnig kan optel, sodat hy later kan begin jol !

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  170. I just heard that all the tickets for Saturday have been sold out at Computicket (tickets are not available at the gates). Fortunatally I got mine , but I am stll looking for another two, for my son and his wife. Hopfully, this info is wrong and that all our regulars heve already secured their seats !

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  171. Been a long time since I’ve posted. Just wanted to point out that Hartpury College is not a high school. In fact, their 1st XV side plays in the English second-tier (one below the Premiership).

    So while this is surely not their top side (It’s probably their U-19 side?), it’s still a side made up of representative players, and not a bunch of schoolboys. Not much difference to playing a Varsity Cup Young Guns side.

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  172. @Kattes-Strofes: I really hope this is not true. Myself and a few mates of mine were planning on making the trip again on Saturday. Please confirm this as I would not want to drive from Cape Town to Paarl all for nothing. And I haven’t seen Gimmies play but they are always a top side. I reckon if their backs get going, the Argentines will lose but if the Argentines play rugby in Gimmies half, it will be another win for them.

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  173. @CapeMan: great commentary in your earlier post.
    Yesterday was special day of rugby at Brug Street.
    I think there were more spectators there yesterday than at your average Super rugby game.

    A couple of players that stood out for me were the Affies loosehead, he carried well and has a decent pair of hands for such a big fella. I thought the entire Grey side was brilliant, yes 7 and 13 were excellent, but that Grey 9 has something special about him.
    HJS played a massive game against a physically imposing side, but one feels looking at the error rate that they were a game or two shy of full match readiness.

    On the festival, I think it would be great to see this continue into the future. Would be nice to see a them add French, Scottish, Irish and Welsh schools to the list in place of a few of the weaker international teams and also look to include one of the emerging rugby powerhouses from up north (Garsie/Menlo) as well as one of the stronger Cape suburburbian teams and obviously PRS. The more the merrier.

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  174. @CapeMan: As far as I know the tickets are almost sold out. Tickets are available at Computicket which should be your safest bet.

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  175. @Human Piranha: You’re right! The Grey no9 controlled proceedings excellently and hence the Grey coaches were ecstatic with him after the game. The entire team was excellent. Another special mention to the Grey props. They could also very well be SA schools.

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  176. @Smallies: Dankie, maar dit is nie live streaming van die wedstryde nie. En die link wat Carl op 3 April gepost is is gebreek. En die #%$# alleen weet hoe om op Netwerk24 te kyk.

    Kannie glo hulle gebruik nie SSL nie, mens moet nie so hoef te sukkel nie… :evil: :evil:

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  177. @CapeMan: Kaapse Klong ! I know that you already mentioned the Boishaai no.5 lock and captain, Adriaan Alberts. Geez ! This young man is not the biggest human speciment, but o boy ! has he got a huge engin, and a fantastic workrate . Dominates lineouts, against some tall timber, carries the ball strongly , cleans well and also puts in a number of crucial tackles. No wonder that he made SA Schools last year.

    Also want to add that Grey Bloem this year have some big boys in their tight five, which unfortunately was lacking in the recent past couple of years. Their loosies and backs still amongst the best and skillfull in SA.

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  178. @Smallies: Nee, ek besef dit. Op SSL kan jy reminders vir die games stel. Dit is net soveel beter.

    Weet iemand wat die Transvalia Kearsney telling was?

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  179. @Kattes-Strofes: Even though I found some tickets on computicket I didn’t book them at the time because I didn’t know how many people were coming. An hour later,it said sold out :( . Men and women from Paarl, surely there has to be another way I can get tickets. Any one of you have any suggestions?

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  180. @CapeMan: After your excellent summary of the last three matches yesterday, I insist that you sneak in on Sat! Find a hole man! I’ll pay for your bail if they send yoiur to the tronk. :lol: :lol:

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  181. @MikeSt: It looks like Hartpury College are by far the strongest school in England. I say this because they won the final of the AASE league by 66 – 14 against Gosforth Academy U18. Below is an extract describing the AASE league:

    The top 12 rugby playing colleges in England today kick off their bid for the inaugural Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) League title. The colleges are divided into North and South regions and will play each other home and away before play-offs are followed by a final in April to crown the winners.

    The AASE programme is designed to offer young people the chance to pursue rugby excellence and education at the same time. Each of the colleges is linked one of the 14 England Rugby Academies – for example Twyford with London Wasps and Filton with Bristol Rugby – and the AASE League will provide them with a high level of regular competition to facilitate elite player development.

    For more info see the link below:
    http://www.everythingrugby.com/rugby-news5559-new-aase-league-kicks-off-at-england-s-top-colleges.html

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  182. @Rainier: Looks like the Transvalia 1st team is a “Dream Team”, as they hammered Kearsney at 1st team level but lost at u14A, u15A and u16A level. To be fair, the Kearsney 1st team of 2018 is not as strong as some of the recent years either.

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  183. @CapeMan: IMO Garsies tight 5 won their clash against Grey,scrums as well as ruck play.Nr 4 was Garsies player of the packs.The lostrio of Grey were better.The backlines even stevens with 10 Grey the difference.I still believe the match against the Kwaggas 2 days earlier drained Garsies in the second half.I didn’t see PRG in action yet,but according to the blog its between Grey and them for Nr1 spot,my money on Grey.

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  184. @Vleis: indeed hey. They one touhg outfit and the results is masssive. When we played that side it was extremely tough. So tough our reserves were to scares to be on the bench and were hiding warming up behind the poles for 50min. :lol: :lol: :lol: so there academy or college setup is the real deal

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  185. @MikeSt: :lol: :lol: At least you hd the excuse that your guys were u16/17 and the other side was u19. I’m sure that it was great preparation for EG’s rugby season the following year.

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  186. @CapeMan: @Smallies: I haven’t seen anything so my question is this a successful festival? You will always be able to improve things like SSL who is best streamer currently and lights.

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  187. @Vleis: Hartpury is not a school but a rugby academy that is a feeder for Gloucester.
    The traditional top rugby schools in England are the likes of Dulwich, Kings, Millfield, Sedbergh, John Fisher, Harrow, Shrewsbury, Kings, Oakham, Wellington, etc.

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  188. @Snoek: You are correct and incorrect. Hartpury is indeed a rugby academy, but it is also a school. As per my post further up, the top 12 rugby playing colleges in England formed an Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) League a few years ago. The AASE programme is designed to offer young people the chance to pursue rugby excellence and education at the same time. Each of the colleges is linked one of the 14 England Rugby Academies. For more info see the link below:
    http://www.everythingrugby.com/rugby-news5559-new-aase-league-kicks-off-at-england-s-top-colleges.html

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  189. @odie15: It’s a highly successful tournament. Especially the match ups from day 2. As I said in an earlier post, the lighting could be better and maybe some of the international teams could also be stronger (but that’s due to the time constraints of organising enough funds for some schools like Hamilton Boys who have been the best rugby school in NZ over the last 2 decades). Otherwise, it’s been fantastic. From the quality of the day 2 match ups, the condition of the facilities, logistics and the vendors there. It’s been massive. Saturday is sold out which is a clear indication on how highly successful this festival has been and speaking to some of the people in Paarl, it seems as though this could very well be an annual thing and they will be inviting stronger schools as well. Question to the people in Paarl. Why weren’t Paul Roos invited? I was really surprised that they weren’t invited.

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  190. @CapeMan: PRG were indeed invited, but the invitation was received after they’d already accepted an invite to the SJC Festival. PRG decided to honour their earlier commitment, so Hilton College took their place.

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  191. @Vleis: Hilton were also at the St John’s festival and Glenwood were at Kearsney and they both made this festival. So it’s really weird that Roos wouldn’t accept especially since they’re so close to Paarl while Glenwood and Hilton have to do a lot of travelling. Just my 2 cents

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  192. @Grizzly: I haven’t watched Garsies at all this year but I hear your 13 is a prospect. I’ll go on YouTube and try to watch your boys play. If they had the upper hand against Grey it must mean your tight 5 is massive and very very good.

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  193. @CapeMan: The original format of this event was a 3 match format.As explained Paul Roos already accepted the St. Johns festival when the invitation was received for this event. Paul Roos offered to play 1 game, but this was declined. Had we accepted our fixture list would have been as follows. St. Johns, 3 day break, Boishaai event, 4 day break, SACS, Grey High, Wildeklawer (2 games) and Paarl Gim. All on consecutive weekends. Great friendship exists between Paarl Boishaai and Paul Roos and I can assure you that the decision was not taken lightly.

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  194. @CapeMan: On the one hand, you make a valid point re Hilton and Glenwood, but on the other hand, there is an argument that those schools have acted irresponsibly. Five tough games in eight days is tearing the ring a little. Fortunately for both said schools, they are playing the weak teams at the HJS festival, so they can implement a lot of player rotation without any chance of losing.

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  195. Paul Roos could have played there 3rd team against the teams on Day 1 and 3 and still put up massive wins.

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  196. @Maroon: Thank you for the explanation. Good decision by Roos in my opinion. It will be a massive test for our boys in Stellies next week. I know the boys were hurting from not beating you last year at home. They really wanted to win that game. It was such a great game to watch. Titanic battle. I must say, the Roos defense was exemplary. They tackled like Lions and came away with a great win. @Vleis: agreed. The players need time to recover.@CharlesZA: Agreed!! I hate it when a player is picked out of position. Then we act surprised when they don’t perform.

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  197. @CapeMan: I watch most of the top games so far and would pick BL 12 with him.For me so far other must sa schools is Monnas 2,Grey 7,Grey 10,Menlo 9/Bl9/Grey9 8-O

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  198. @Smallies: Ja Grey3.Nog nie 8 van BH gesien nie,dan Grey 13,jy se hy kan utility back wees.Julle 15,Garsies 15 begin vorm herwin na lang besering.Dan PRG 2 en nog n paar daar,die talent is eindloos.

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  199. @CharlesZA: Ek weet die 2016 GK was baie close.Bulle het die Lions met n punt of wat gewen om Sharks in final te wen.Dan was Vrystaat en WP ook baie goed.Die Valke met Transvalia aan die voorpunt gaan ook daar wees hierdie jaar.As die keurders raak vat kan ons iets spesiaal sien die jaar.Ek staan by my voorspeling op voorwaarde ons keutders vat raak,Bulle kampioene met SA skole wat al hul games wen teen incoming unies.

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  200. @Grizzly: Ek glo ook jy is reg en dat vanjaar n sterk groep spelers het.

    The last time we had so much talent in a given year, was in 2015.
    Of those two SA Schools sides, the following players, who is still u/21 this year, have so far made it big in senior rugby:
    Blitzboks – Zane Davids and Stedman Gans

    Super Rugby
    Damian Willemse, Curwin Bosch, Hacjivah Diyamani, Embrose Papier, Manie Libbok,Cobus Wiese, Salmaan Moerat, Carlu Sadie, Hendre Stassen and Ruben van Heerden.

    I hope I did not miss out anybody ! I also know that there is still a number of that year’s players, who is currently very close to make the step-up to Super Rugby. One of such u/21 players, who was not selected for SA Schools, is Lions wing Madosh Tambwe,who is playing Super Rugby.

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  201. @odie15: I’m only seeing this now. I really appreciate you contacting me but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it due to another commitment I’ve made. Oddie, I would have owed you a beer or two if I hadn’t made alternative plans.

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  202. What a fortunate coincidence that Divan Uys happened to be the referee for yet another Paarl Gym game, and yet another Paarl Gym win…..

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  203. Nathan Swartz! Sorting out the numbers and making up the laws as he goes 🤣🤣🤣

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  204. I maybe able to help understand what Hartpury College is as I live in the UK. The education system is different to SA which is what is probably causing the confusion from the above comments. Primary education = age 5-11, secondary education = age 11-16. Up to age 16 is mandatory schooling. After completing this, students have a choice to either join a school that offers 6th form (up to the age 18) to achieve A levels (mandatory for university entrance), join a college that offer subjects more specific to a students career choice and is similar to A level standards. (example: to be an engineer, they can go a technical college) or take up an apprenticeship at company. This is where Hartpury come in. They are a sport academy that take on ages 16 and higher for those that want to pursue a sports career. Hartpury will offer an education similar to A levels should the student want to enter university. In short, Hartpury is not a school. Hope this helps :)

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  205. Malik on Affies weer te wen die jaar. Hulle afrigters se een deminsionaliteit is maar weer alte sigbaar. Stampkar rugby die heletyd op 12 of 6 of 7 of welke forward ook daar mag wees. Boring brand

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  206. Vermoed die bestaande coaches se termyn eindig die einde van die jaar…heel toevallig saam met ‘n ander persoon sin ook…2019 lyk my is ‘n nuwe era vir Affies rugby…in geheel

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  207. @CapeMan: Prg decided to rather rest this weekend as part of our preparations for upcoming game against SACS at the Markotter, haha :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :idea:

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  208. From the games I saw (streamed).. HJS, Paarl Gim, Affies and Grey. Grey was in a class of their own followed by Paarl Gim. HJS will be better but can’t see them holding on to that number 1 position.

    Affies was disappointing and I hope they can turn things around before their next game against Paarl Gim on 14 April.

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  209. @AbsolutMenlo: Stem saam met jou. GCB lyk onstuitbaar soos die Grey van ouds. Gim lyk in die vroee stadium van seisoen baie goed voorberei en op vorm. BH lyk regtig nie goed nie. Baie foute, swak samespel, gebreke op sleutelposisies, maar veral gebrek aan “commitment” is opvallend. Harde werk vir spelers en moeilike besluite vir bestuurspan. So nie kan hierdie ‘n baie slegte seisoen raak. Sokkies optrek manne – letterlik en figuurlik.

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  210. Greys props should also be SA schools. They were phenomenal in this tournament. I should think Grey will have 5 SA schools players this year. They are without a shadow of a doubt the best team in SA thus far. VERY well coached and the support play is OUTSTANDING. Pity I couldn’t watch them yesterday but everything about this team screams special. One thing I would also like to point out is how well mannered the Grey boys were on the field.There was never any shoving or talking back. They meant business and every time they scored there would be no celebrations. Instead they would run back to their half to resume business. Clean and fantastic rugby. You Grey old boys can be very proud and excited about this team.

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  211. @CapeMan: Your most important phrase is “thus far”. One swallow doesn’t not a summer make. I think only time will tell if they are as talented as is being suggested.

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  212. @McCulleys Workshop: Having watched them in person and watched all the other contenders, I don’t see any school overcoming them. Of course there is always a chance of them losing just like any other sporting team (Look at what happened to Man City last night). That is stating the obvious MCW. Remember, my word is not canon. It’s just my humble opinion from what I have observed. Only the powers that be in the heavens (if you are religious) will know the outcomes for sure. For example, I remember our 1st XV being really good in 2006 and we had overcome Paarl Boys at home. We then played Wynberg Boys who were really poor in 2006 and all the talk was about us hammering them live on TV. Well a derby is a derby and we got hammered by 40 to a team that wasn’t as nearly as good as us. These things happen.
    @Grizzly: :lol: they very well might be. I remember watching your 13 at cravenweek and I was not impressed at all. Although, I concede that the Bulls were not good last year so he probably wasn’t getting enough front foot ball from his pack. He looks totally different this year from top to bottom. He looks so much more conditioned and quick, and his experiences at the top level in schools rugby are really showing. Now I see what all the talk is about. One year for a school boy can really be massive, especially in growth and rugby IQ. Garsies do look the business and I will be surprised if they don’t beat Affies, Menlo, Waterkloof and PBHS to be the kings of Pretoria or Tswane nowadays. Goodluck Grizzly :mrgreen:

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  213. @CapeMan: Dankie Capeman!Die blog se ander moontlike nr1,PRG sal later gemeet word teen sterker spanne.Die wedstryd van hulle teen Grey kan moontlik nr1 bepaal.Dan lyk Paarl Gym al hoe beter en net n dwaas sal Bois High afskryf.Ek dink egter BL het te veel rugby gespeel soos Garsies die laaste tyd.Waneer hul uitgerus is gaan hulle meskien die verrassing van die wynlandskole derbys wees.Ek vir een back hulle en hoop so!

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  214. @Smallies: Also very impressed with this Grey team, not only there play but also their impeccable manners both on and off the field. Even took the time and effort to come compliment and chat to my little one when he was passing a ball around on one of the lower fields. These small things make a big impression.

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  215. @Smallies: Hou van daardie beginsel, Dok Craven het altyd vir ons gesê, ” As jy vir Maties wil speel, vier jy nie fees as jy ‘n drie gedruk het nie, ons is gewoond aan driëe druk.

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  216. The last few seasons GCB did not have the firepower up front to play traditional GCB rugby. This is good set pieces that allow strong ball carrying up the 1st two channels, very quick ball and then accurate passing and good running lines out wide.

    This Grey team looks awesome and do not have any weaknesses that are very obvious.

    What caught my eye was the lack of discipline in the Boishaai team – thet last 3 seasons the team has been exemplary in that regards. It was small things, like the one lock running up to a situation that has already been diffused. They do not look a happy side.

    My dark horses this year is the Garsies 9 – he will be gaining confidence and experience with each match and he has not shown his natural speed and physicality yet. And the Nico Malan 6 – I just think he is a brilliant rugby player.

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  217. @CapeMan: when you watched PR what did you think?
    Ive seen early season predictions on this blog for the last 5 years and they are generally not that meaningful, that’s the beauty of school boy rugger. And that’s if you think the rankings are relevant or accurate.

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  218. @Rainier: agree that some of the aggression was not what the school stand for, in particular not at its festival where it is suppose to celebrate what has guided the school through it its 150 years. it is not a rugby academy, it is a school and I hope that the expectations of the celebration year and the work loads of the coaches to organise this festival will now reduce so that the focussed can be on rugby. having said that, there is no doubt that, based on those principles that make rugby such a wonderful sport for young men, this festival was a huge success. watching eg the Italians mix with some of the other teams yesterday (sure there were a few dads that also casted a worried eye given their daughters being subjected to Italian charm), the majority that will never play rugby professionally will remember this as a joyous occasion, a time to meet other nations which most will not have the privilege to meet otherwise. rugby will be stronger for it, including in the US where the ripple effect may only be seen years from now. I suspect that the festival will continue in one form or another and also fear that it will become more “competitive / professional / less festive”, but I for one was proud to be associated with the school this week.

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  219. @Human Piranha: plaas laaitys with good manners most of them, it always amuses me when I see one at the school gounds standing up and greeting me, from the biggest first team player to the smallest gr8 laaity…. I feel privileged goeing there every single time

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  220. @McCulleys Workshop: Bang on correct. That’s the beauty of sport in general. The unpredictability of it all. You know that on any given day you can lose to anyone. I haven’t watched Roos live this year but we are playing them in Stellies this Saturday and I will be sure to make the trip. Paul Roos, to my understanding, have been the most dominant in the Western Cape across the junior age groups. I could be wrong. I hear that this team were superb at age group level so my lads from the leafy suburb of Newlands will have a tough battle ahead especially at the Makoter. But there has been a culture change at SACS and there is a belief that the lads can beat anyone on any given day if we play to our strengths. What I am really surprised about is that we are playing Roos so early. Winters day (As the derby is formally known – we even had/have a shield/trophy for the game) is normally in early June just before the school holidays. I’m not complaining though because hopefully we can catch Roos before they have fully gelled :mrgreen:

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  221. @CapeMan: The team is made up of about 10 players from last year’s first xv and 5 from the a very good 2017 u/16 group. This is potentially a very strong team, but it is hard to judge from our St. Johns games. Winter Day is a traditional derby and one of the highlights of the season. The forecast is for warm weather, so hopefully this results in running rugby.

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  222. @Maroon: When Paul Roos play running rugby, they are very hard to stop. I have always felt that Roos play the most attractive running rugby among the winelands schools as Bishops traditionally play the best running rugby in the southern suburbs. 10 from last year you say! That’s a lot of fire power :lol: .

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  223. @CapeMan: Last couple of years they have mostly been running back towards to their own goalposts against the Paarl teams but I get what you are saying.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    @Maroon: Ek kry solank die eerste stekie in voor Junie!.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  224. @4×4: stem saam. Hulle sal drasties iets moet doen anders gaan hulle baie agter hulle eie pale staan die jaar

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