Enlisting the help of numerous bloggers from around the country that actively follow schoolboy rugby in South Africa, a list was compiled of the top 20 Easter festival matches that will be taking place over the next few days.
It was unanimously decided that the Grey College versus Outeniqua game to be played at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival (KERF) on Monday, 01 April 2013, is going to be by far and away the biggest game of them all. Both Grey College and Outeniqua have very strong teams this year meaning there is a possibility that they could end 2013 occupying first and second spots in the national rankings.
There was very little to separate second and third place. Two huge games: the Affies against Grey High (PE) at the Maritzburg College 150th Festival and the Paarl Boys High versus Waterkloof at St John’s will both take place on 01 April as well. Judging by the calibre of the 1st XV’s these schools have put out, it’s understandable why the interest in the outcomes of their games is so great.
There is a lot of focus on traditional powerhouse Paul Roos’ form. The school from Stellenbosch has a rich rugby history. They are expected to field a strong team in 2013 but have not shown much of what they are capable of in preseason. Their first proper match will in fact be their opener against Glenwood on Day-1 at KERF. This match ranks as the fourth best game over the Easter period.
With Monument from Krugersdorp being one of the best rugby schools around and Noord-Kaap from Kimberley having really upped their tempo in recent years, it’s little wonder that the clash between these two in form teams is capturing attention to place it fifth overall.
Paarl Gymnasium is one of the favourites to finish 2013 in the Top 3 resulting in their opening game at KERF against the hosts Kearsney who have made a useful start to the KZN inter-schools season, being rated very highly.
Maritzburg College’s first game of their festival will be against Grey High and this will no doubt be the best attended match on Goldstones on the day.
Also enjoying attention is EG Jansen. The Valke giants from Boksburg have one the hardest Easter schedule of them all. Their games against Outeniqua and Paul Roos are being rated amongst those drawing the most interest, which is partly due to the high quality of the EG team this year.
Also worth mentioning are Nelspruit (at St John’s) and Marlow (at KES) who have made excellent unbeaten starts to 2013. Along the way both have recorded upset wins against Top 10 contenders.
Rondebosch has a very promising team and cannot be underestimated at the Maritzburg 150th Festival.
Overall 11 Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival games made the list followed by the Maritzburg College 150th with 5 and St John’s and KES with 2 apiece.
Top 20 games
1. Grey College vs Outeniqua (KERF) – 01-Apr-13
2. Affies vs Grey High (MC150) – 01-Apr-13
3. Paarl BH vs Waterkloof (St Johns) – 01-Apr-13
4. Glenwood vs Paul Roos (KERF) – 28-Mar-13
5. Monument vs Noord-Kaap (MC150) – 03-Apr-13
6. Kearsney vs Paarl Gim (KERF) – 30-Mar-13
7. Maritzburg College vs Grey High (MC150) – 30-Mar-13
8. Outeniqua vs EG Jansen (KERF) – 28-Mar-13
9. EG Jansen vs Paul Roos (KERF) – 30-Mar-13
10. Monument vs Rondebosch (MC150) – 01-Apr-13
11. Nelspruit vs Waterkloof (St Johns) – 30-Mar-13
12. Paarl Gim vs Glenwood (KERF) – 01-Apr-13
13. Paarl Gim vs Westville (KERF) – 28-Mar-13
14. Marlow vs KES (KES Fest) – 30-Mar-13
15. Paul Roos vs Selborne (KERF) – 01-Apr-13
16. Grey College vs Boland Landbou (KERF) – 28-Mar-13
17. Selborne vs Nico Malan (KERF) – 28-Mar-13
18. Marlow vs Centurion (KES Fest) – 28-Mar-13
19. Outeniqua vs Westville (KERF) – 30-Mar-13
20. Maritzburg College vs Noord-Kaap (MC150) – 01-Apr-13