Grey High School Rugby Festival 2019 – participating schools update

As is normally the case, Grey has attracted just about every well-known school from the Eastern Cape as well as several household names from other parts of SA, to be part of their festival in 2019.

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  1. @Wyvern: St John’s will be an interesting one. In 2017, the u16A team won every match, including a 34 to 0 win over Kingswood. However, most of said players (11, I think) played for a very inexperienced 1st team in 2018, which may have eroded their confidence… or toughened them up for 2019. More importantly, they’ve lost Kevin Musikanth. This might be a massive blow, as the performances of the 1st team during his three years there were five standard deviations from the mean better than the preceding six years.

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  2. @Playa: I think a mixture of coaching the Israeli men’s national team and director of rugby at King David Linksfield.

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  3. @Vleis: Yeah quite interesting. Both him and Stefan who was at SJC before he moved to HS Florida were coaching the Israeli national team together.

    I’m also looking forward to seeing what SJC has in the tank for this season. Will hopefully be good.

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  4. @beet: Yep, it’ll be interesting to see how well the new coach does. The season may also be defined by injuries, or lack thereof, as I don’t think that they will have great depth – the current grade 11s are weak. Kingswood’s 1st team results, on the other hand, are almost always a lot better than their age group results, so I wouldn’t read too much into the big St John’s win at u16 level.

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  5. @Vleis: The KC team this year (on paper at least) will be the strongest we’ve had since 2016. However, i agree with @beet: that depth could be an issue. A few injuries and it could be a very long 23 game season :cry:

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  6. @Wyvern: you don’t have to add the word “long” before anything more than 15 games for an SBR season. Trust me we know it’s long :mrgreen:

    But wow 23 8-O That it’s like French Top 14 in length where one worries that the next season has to kickoff before the current one has concluded.

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  7. @Beet: @Wyvern: Also, Kingswood’s biggest rivals should have a strong 1st team this year. The Snozzles were very strong at u16 level two years ago, plus they have a lot of players that played 1st team last year (in a reasonably decent season – ranked 30) and they also (like Kingswood) perform better at 1st team level than at age group level.

    If I don’t make it down for my first ever K-day this year, I’ll definitely make it down next year when my nephew will (hopefully) be playing in the Snozzle’s 1st team.

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  8. @Beet: I remember back in school when a normal season for non-1stXV teams was around 10/11 games. By the time we got to game 10 (which was usually Graeme), we were all gatvol of rugby and wanted back in the polo pool :mrgreen:

    Having said that, because the “pressure” was off we played some of the best rugby that last game!

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  9. @Vleis: I remember watching that u16 match on KDay in 2017. SAC had their two props out for EP and KC had their star 8th man out for the same. The difference was the SAC pack which dominated, and the KC backline couldn’t get enough ball to their fast wings. Hopefully this year we can front up to that!

    If there’s a KDay you want to be at, it’s this years one for the 125 :wink:

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  10. @Wyvern: I heard that Kingwood have also lost an influential centre since u16. So dare that in spite of promises of a good year for little Kingswood and the extra incentive of it being their 125th, they will start it as K-day underdogs.

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  11. @beet: Agree. KC are rarely favorites in any given year.

    Our star flyhalf in the making from last years u15 team has also left for Hudson.

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