KES will see 9 schools returning for their Easter Rugby Festival 2018 on from Thursday 29 March to Monday 02 April 2018
Westville joining the KES festival is a great addition I think. What did they do before this? Hope Northwood show a massive improvement in 2018…this festival list becomes more competitive each year…doesn’t get any easier
Good to see Marais Viljoen joining. Hope they compete well. This year saw quite an improvement from the Alberton outfit with a number of players catching the eye and a few Lions jerseys earned again. Also always great to have Westville in the mix, and Muir should be a pleasure to watch.
@Skywalker: Westville was at Saints this year. Nice to see them being invited.
Lets hope an annual fixture is also on the cards again.
@Van: Oh right, well great to have another KZN team at KES. I wish them well. Any thoughts on how they will fare in 2018? They are sure to put out a strong 1st XV I would think?
Anybody have news about the 8 boys that tested positive for banned substances?
@Wonder: No, I think the lack of muscle mass was more of a concern than singing to the daisies
Good to see Muir at KES but it will be a tough ask for next year they will have a very young 1st team with maybe 15 of the 21 squad Under 17 players but bolds well for 2019/2020 as 8 of these Under 17 boys are there for 3 years. 2019 should see a 1st team with at least 95% of the boys that will play in 2018
@Queenian: Possibly an unfair question…What are your son’s chances of cracking the 1st XV?
@Queenian: Lekker! I’ll probably do the Grey Festival again next year, and catch him there.
@Queenian: @Playa: Good to see Muir taking a step up and going to KES this can only help there rugby although you say they will have a young side so they will battle but i am sure they will be better off for it.
Must say watched Muir 1st this last year play a few games at the Grahamstown day and Grey PE festival and have to comment on one thing if Muir want to step up, that is the backline was decent but the forwards, maybe beside the one prop and flank who were good the rest were not like a lot of people standing around doing not to much forwards are not about size but workrate and heart. What i saw was players firstly that maybe would not play for other schools 3rd teams not doing much but looking busy put the hands in the air and so on, hopefully they will not be there in 2018.
Then again at the Grey Festival i did watch Muir Under 16A play Selborne and although they lost by quite a bit here was a pack of forwards that were a lot smaller than Selborne but played like demons and if i remember correctly they won most the ball now hopefully these boys will play for your 1st team next year then i can see a huge improvement.
@Playa: @Queenian: And must say since i have been based in the Eastern Cape the last 9 years have seen Muir play a lot and they have always battled with there forwards, but the last 3 years have seen there Under 16 age group of this year and must say for once they seem to have a gutsy forward pack so hopefully you folks get somewhere in the next two years. Maybe do what some schools do after a few bad years is bring there whole Under 16 group through to 1st team and even if you battle the 1st year the next year pay’s dividends.
Will say this have not seen Muir with a bad backline always have some pretty decent players there.
Watched Muir under 16 play at Graeme in 2016 ( So next year they will Under 18 ) and they were shocking hopefully there not many of these boys in your 1st team next year.
Who is the Muir 1st Coach for next year.
@rugbyfan: Don’t really know Muir think i have seen them once but agree with you i know a lot of school’s that bring nearly there whole Under16 group through to 1st Team the next year barring maybe 1 or two older boys just for stability you then build on that also pay’s to bring the leadership group through as well as you then have them for two years what i saw in Pretoria once will not mention the school were they did the same thing and only had 3 Grade 12 boys playing and they made the mistake making one of the older boys captain and did not work as 90% of the boys had played together through the age groups and did there own things leadership of the team must come from the biggest group. Although some schools will frown on this and believe the Capt and Vice Capt should be the older one’s.
@rugbyfan: Has Muir being given the Cape Schools week to host in 2019 heard that somewhere.
@rugbyfan: One thing I have always admired about Muir is their attitude. Even when they’re 40 points down, they play like they’re only 1 point behind. I saw them do this again at Cape Schools this year. And they’re not scared to take on big guns when called on.
@badboy: That’s correct. CSW 2019 will be hosted by Muir