KES Easter Rugby Festival 2015 – fixtures, results, team lists & TV times

See the TV schedule below for the KES Festival highlights – starts Wed 29 April 2015

TIME DATE SCHOOL SCHOOL
08h00 Thu 02 Apr Hentie Cilliers 10 53 Hudson Park
09h20 Thu 02 Apr Graeme 15 19 St David’s
10h40 Thu 02 Apr Kingswood 22 16 Parktown
12h00 Thu 02 Apr Queen’s 50 12 Northwood
13h20 Thu 02 Apr Daniel Pienaar 6 25 Eldoraigne
14h40 Thu 02 Apr KES 54 12 Ben Vorster
16h00 Thu 02 Apr Rondebosch 20 8 DHS
08h00 Sat 04 Apr DHS 33 10 St David’s
09h20 Sat 04 Apr Ben Vorster 7 10 Eldoraigne
10h40 Sat 04 Apr Kingswood 28 26 Hentie Cilliers
12h00 Sat 04 Apr Daniel Pienaar 7 12 Northwood
13h20 Sat 04 Apr Graeme 15 10 Hudson Park
14h40 Sat 04 Apr Parktown 15 26 Queen’s
16h00 Sat 04 Apr KES 10 10 Rondebosch
08h00 Mon 06 Apr Southdowns 10 20 Hentie Cilliers
09h20 Mon 06 Apr Graeme 7 24 Northwood
10h40 Mon 06 Apr Hudson Park 23 10 Parktown
12h00 Mon 06 Apr Eldoraigne 26 17 DHS
13h20 Mon 06 Apr Daniel Pienaar 34 13 Ben Vorster
14h40 Mon 06 Apr Kingswood 30 14 St David’s
16h00 Mon 06 Apr KES 16 20 Queen’s

RUGBY TEAM LISTS

BEN VORSTER DANIEL PIENAAR
1 Gideon Joubert 1 Sheevan Hendriks
2 Sibusiso Mlangeni 2 Jacques Steenberg
3 Ruben Ragolane 3 Heino Bezuidenhout (c)
4 Dirk Coetzee 4 Recowen Meyer
5 Shima Mphaklele 5 Silubonile Mapikela
6 Danny Mokhoabane 6 Denver Kleu
7 Eduan Smit 7 Luciano Grootboom
8 Stefan Engelbrecht 8 Duan du Plessis
9 Tiaan Vorster (c) 9 Jean Smal
10 JJ Anker 10 Jaco Venter
11 Thapelo Molapo 11 Willem Kruger
12 Lenfred Pienaar 12 Tiaan Bernardo
13 Jannie Jordaan 13 Pieter van Taak
14 Hanco Taljaard 14 Zander Viljoen
15 Matimu Mangani 15 Partick van Taak
16 Jaco Karusseit 16 Pieter Gunter
17 Janco Erasmus 17 Dennis Hewitt
18 Dieter Meyer 18 Wian Strydom
19 Ruben Koekemoer 19 Reinhard Deysel
20 Jacques Venter 20 Sydney Daniell
21 Rendo Booyens 21 Bevan Plaatjies
22 Hardu Pretorius 22 Damian George
23 Pule Molokomme 23 Johan Kemp
DHS ELDORAIGNE
1 Dillon Bryan 1 Ruan Botha
2 Phuzukuvela Sithole 2 Tryston van Schalkwyk
3 Mvumeleni Mathenjwa 3 Maartin du Toit
4 Gert Coetzee 4 Awie Smal
5 Joel Kidgell 5 Marius van der Berg
6 Matthew Noot 6 Armand de Beer
7 Gareth Simpson 7 Christiaan Claassen
8 Mthokozisi Ntuli (c) 8 Brendan Heymans (c)
9 Sibusiso Mkhalipi 9 Willie Otto
10 Luyanda Ndabandaba 10 Andre Kruger
11 Ryan Dafel 11 Marcell Meyer
12 Liam Whitfield 12 Jannis Ackermann
13 Tiaan de Jager 13 Mornay Smith
14 Aza Tshuthsa 14 Esterhuyzen
15 Hero Mpanza 15 Nathan Prinsloo
16 Justin Diedericks 16 Stefan du Toit
17 Sulakhe Nhassengo 17 Willie Killian
18 Ndumiso Ngcobo 18 Kabous Pelser
19 Njabulo Hlatswayo 19 Kevin Makkink
20 Matthew Hamilton 20 Charl Lombaard
21 Matthew Everitt 21 Leon du Plessis
22 Asanda Chonco 22 TJ Visagie
23 Libo Mngomezulu 23 Henko Stander
GRAEME HENTIE CILLIERS
1 Yiva Ndwandwa 1 Rico le Roux
2 Ciko Ngodwane 2 Thebe Letsholo
3 Simbulele Sizani 3 Delano Smit
4 Mokete Lesoro 4 Michael Kitching
5 Azizpho Mngcongo 5 Ruben Pretorius
6 Justice Tyatya 6 Dominic Smit (c)
7 Curt Williams 7 Jovanion du Preez
8 Uzu Nyanda 8 Morne Mkwayi
9 Ntiska Ndungane 9 Gift Dlamini
10 Ethan September 10 Nico Nyantumba
11 Heino Gaiser 11 Barend Vermeulen
12 Luyolo Tshongweni 12 Hendrik Strauss
13 Mihlali Majola 13 Peet Wessels
14 Chris Bezuidenhout 14 Brendon Britz
15 Odwa Mzwali 15 Winrich Kennedy
16 Luthando Tyatya 16 Michael Vos
17 Mita Sixaka 17 Jason Howlett
18 Zusiphe Bulani 18 Jaco van der Walt
19 Siviwe Moyeni 19 Dumisane Mcandi
20 CJ Osode 20 Scholtz Jordaan
21 Damien Hilpert 21 Gerhard Strauss
22 Keegan Fischer 22 Vernon Wolstenholme
23 Vaughan Muir 23 Jessie Chauke
HUDSON PARK KES
1 Hlumelo Mnyute 1 Bongi Skwasha
2 Sirra Ntsibantu 2 Dylan Petzer
3 Oyisa Hakula 3 Percy Matlatla
4 Khanya Mgebisa 4 Ryan Theron
5 Siba Mbinda 5 Manny Mbatha
6 Keenan Mandean 6 Brad Odendaal
7 Lwazi Mnyute 7 Anthony Russouw
8 Shane Weweje 8 Lwazi Monakali
9 Amahle Salman 9 Senzo Mkhize (c)
10 Lazola Nunwana 10 Jared Dickson
11 Keanan Purcell 11 Napoleon de Beer
12 Troy Opperman 12 Tyron Taplin
13 Mbasa Magagamela 13 Matthew Germishuizen
14 Zipho Hena (c) 14 Micci Marussi
15 Alalutho Tshakweni 15 Louis Pienaar
16 Bongi Janda 16 Tyrone Dickson
17 Reuben Vos 17 Daclan Zitha
18 Justin Mocke 18 Mpilo Mabuza
19 Wade Rodgers 19 Tyler Viadana
20 Lonwabo Hanisi 20 Mapatho Nkomo
21 Mihlali Boqwana 21 Kalvin Mills
22 Ndi Soboyisi 22 Taine Chabant
23 Deneal Naidoo 23 Tebogo Rampou
KINGSWOOD NORTHWOOD
1 Athenkosi Halom 1 Jadon Stevens
2 Lutho Nomoyi 2 Luyanda Mngadi
3 Joshua Shelley (c) 3 Phiko Sobahle
4 Sibablwe Mzanywa 4 Lars van der Meijden
5 Ezra Mager 5 Jason Daniel
6 Garrick Mattheus 6 Jasey van Kampen
7 Mark Webber 7 Jason Furhi
8 Ryan Victor 8 Zandre Griffin
9 Nicholas Schenck 9 Keegan Sparks (c)
10 Jeffrey Theron 10 Victor Huurman
11 Lubabmo Sibam 11 Daniels Humphreys
12 Jason Lizamore 12 Craig Trollip
13 Ewan Pieters 13 Ngoni Moyo
14 JP Barkhuizen 14 Nthuthuko Mthembu
15 Michael van Breda 15 Gugu Nelani
16 Jimmy Sholto-Douglas 16 Nathan Fincham
17 Thembi Mangwana 17 Eugene van Wyk
18 Harry Robinson 18 Phillip Jansen
19 James Russell 19 Keane Both
20 Olehile Losaba 20 Ryan Stymington
21 Shane Potgieter 21 Martjin Korterik
22 Lindisipho Nongawana 22 Viwe Makaula
23 Neo Mohapi
PARKTOWN QUEEN’S
1 Darron Solomon 1 Olwethu Foslag
2 Thando Mabasa 2 Frank van Heerden
3 Siyanda Malambo (c) 3 Bulela Sotyelelwa
4 Andrew Page 4 Juan du Randt
5 Michael Tambwe 5 Yaw Penxe
6 Ethan Anderson 6 Albre Wagener
7 Junior Nthlane 7 Raegan Oranje (c)
8 Warrick Lang 8 Pumelele Daweti
9 Jonathan Stafford 9 Johan van Heerden
10 Ethan Frasca 10 Justin Kuyler
11 Nkosinathi Gcobo 11 Dean Mommsen
12 Jammy Sutherland 12 Lisolomzi Ntwanambi
13 Liam Clay 14 Dale Venske
14 Kenny van Graan 15 Gareth Heidtmann
15 Lesiba Molopa 16 Simphiwe Matanzima
16 Neo Baloyi 17 Qhawe Bula
17 Nathi Ngele 18 Lukona Masoka
18 Cyrano Padiachi 19 Tristan Waller
19 Darren Brand 20 Luyolo Dapula
20 Matthew van Huyssteen 21 Mvuyo Tshefuta
21 Lelethu Mahlangeni 22 Mihlali Peter
22 Tyler Murray 23 Asithandile Mrubata
RONDEBOSCH SOUTHDOWNS
1 Yaseen Jacobs 1 Themba Mandlati
2 Ryan Klein 2 Tumelo Ntsie
3 Kyle Ballikstan 3 Hluma Zondani
4 Zain Davids 4 Richard Zulu
5 Mike Mavovana 5 Lwandile Bubu
6 Rory Thomson 6 Johan Kriek (c)
7 Nicholas Potgieter 7 Christo Brand
8 Liam Greenhalgh (c) 8 Hlombe Sam
9 Jamie King 9 Junior Nonyukela
10 Pieter Slabbert 10 Katlego Mushi
11 Byron Bowes 11 Bryce Coetzee
12 Dylan le Roux 12 Sean Doyle
13 Jordan Diekmann 13 Ryan van Zyl
14 Russell Eaby 14 Graham Fourie
15 Ashwyn Adams 15 Luyole Qinela
16 Josh Emslie 16 Funulwazi Simelani
17 Daniel Pearson 17 Onkgopotse Mogane
18 Leo Figueira 18 Jordan van Schalkwyk
19 Matthew Grobler 19 Robert van Zyl
20 Felix Reinhold 20 Keamogetsoe Mathibedi
21 Shaldon Smith 21 Rushavlan Redhi
22 Ferhad Ahmed 22 Ntokozo Ziqubu
23 Amani Minani 23 Siboniso Mshengu
ST DAVID’S
1 Joshua Wingate-Pearse
2 Bryan Mills
3 Luthando Mbombo
4 Liam Wrightson
5 Sebastian Chapman
6 Michael Steere
7 Ryan de Freitas
8 Kosta Michael (c)
9 Thulani Motekase
10 Cameron Hawley
11 Brandon Midlane
12 Christian Boere
13 Justin Goedhart
14 Keiron Frost
15 Cameron-Scott Hughes
16 Luca Strappazzon
17 Peter El-Naddaf
18 Michael Marais
19 Joseph Lebos
20 Matthew Benfield
21 Mitchel Piper
22 Sbusiso Bhembe
23 Thapelo Letsaolo
KES times
First published in September 2014

131 Comments

  1. @Greenwood: The hockey attendees are an interesting bunch!

    Rugby; well only 1 rep from the Bulls. KES and Rondebosch probably the star teams to attend. Good to see DHS in the mix.

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  2. Someone missed a trick here – Paul Roos are playing rugby up the road at St Johns and would have been really cool if they could have had their hockey side at the KES festival – just saying :lol:

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  3. Rondebosch leaving after Saturday, probably because of their Wynberg Festival participation the following week???

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  4. All the participating schools are more or less the same strength, with no obvious mismatches. Should be some good close matches….

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  5. @Wyvern: Yeah I think there are a few games that SBR supporters wouldn’t be too comfortable putting money down on a winner at this early stage.

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  6. @Playa: It’s a subjective rating heavily influenced by the Royal We; me, myself and I. With that rating system any team can be rated tops!

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  7. I agree that KES has an interesting mix of fairly evenly matched teams. KES has two other advantages: a) the vibe (along with Saints) is probably the best; and b) it has 14 teams v the 12 teams at the other festivals.

    That said, rating each Easter festival on the quality of the top teams attending, I’d rank them as follows:

    1. KERF with about 7 schools that will be in the Top25 at the end of the year.

    2. St John’s with about 6 schools that will be in the Top25 at the end of the year.

    3. Saints with about 4 schools that will be in the Top25 at the end of the year.

    4. KES with about 2 schools that will be in the Top25 at the end of the year.

    5. Krugersdorp with one school that will be in the Top25 at the end of the year.

    What do the others think? One thing is certain, while KERF still has the most quality teams, the others are catching up.

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  8. @Vleis: Would slot the Oakdale ERF in above KES. Oakdale & Kempton Park will be T25 and there will be strong compo’s with Diamandveld, Centurion, Marlow, Brandwag EC and Voortrekker Bethlehem also attending, amongst others.

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  9. @Ploegskaar: I didn’t know about the Oakdale festival. How many visitors per day will attend the festival do you think? Where is Outeniqua going this year?

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  10. @Vleis: No idea, but they have 30 teams attending from far and wide this year, so should draw a good crowd. Outeniqua will be at the Tony Stoops RF, along with Noord-Kaap.

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  11. @Vleis: @Ploegskaar: I think KES is pretty much the no.1 ERF in SA. Whatever it is that on paper looks like it should not work isn’t having too much effect on the attendances. Obviously a lot to do with the atmosphere and I guess an ingredient for success is sending the core supporters home happy most of the time aka KES winning.

    It would be interesting to measure the die hard rugby fans as a percentage of the total crowd at KES. I imagine one would probably find they have the highest number of socialisers who don’t care or know too much about the details of rugby, but go there for the good time.

    Either way it’s a success.

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  12. @Ploegskaar: Thanks.

    @beet: Yep, I’d say that beer tent numbers might be larger than spectator numbers at KES. Last year, I was watching the Menlo v Grey HS game when some mates insisted that I joined them in the tent at half time. I only resurfaced to watch the last game at St John’s under lights a few hour later.

    Saints also has a large contingent at the beer tent, but about 25% of them watch the rugby below from the tent, whereas the KES beer tent is not near the field.

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  13. @beet: Sounds more like a carnival then, a cross between the October Beer Fest, a Monster Moto-X jump event, and a bit of action-golf and rugby thrown in as an afterthought. And here I thought it was only about the rugby…

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  14. @Ploegskaar: @beet: Some visitors are die hard SBR fans who watch most of the games, while others watch only a little rugby and are there to socialise. Most are probably like me – i.e. watch about two or three games (better match ups, my son’s school, etc) and socialise the rest.

    Bear in mind that huge numbers attend the Jhb festivals, so while some are not focussing on the rugby there are nevertheless over 10,000 watching the better games, or local teams.

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  15. @Ploegskaar: The rugby is the glue that makes it all stick.

    If these festivals were just intended for passionate supporters to watch the games, host schools wouldn’t bother to advertise or put on anything more than a basic production.

    For people like yourself and myself, who probably don’t care to much for the frills ‘n spills or sitting alone on an empty stand, we’d still leave the venue believing it was a great festival if the rugby was good. But to a host school clearly the measure of success is only partly defined by what happens on the field of play.

    So in my opinion, no a school rugby festival is not all about the rugby. It’s about putting on a holiday entertainment package that hopefully nets the school a lot of extra dough.

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  16. @beet: Then it should be called a Festival of Sport(s). The success of this type of fest may be partially determined by what happens on the field, but the success of the school is defined by what happens on the field.

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  17. @Wyvern: Depends on how the new players at Northwood adapt. They’re not going to be let down by coaching.

    They were a useful side last year, klapped Jeppe (they were brilliant on the day, very physical), Hilton – but they are a real Barbarian outfit this year, so time will tell.

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  18. @Gungets Tuft: Yep, that was one of the major shock results of the season. Northwood had just shipped 50 against KES a few days earlier, while Jeppe had just beaten the highly fancied Aussie school.

    I’m not sure what Northwood’s grade 12’s, or the new imports, are like…but the grade 11’s are very weak.

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  19. @Vleis: I guess we’ll find out come Easter weekend! Northwood have 3 tough(ish) fixtures but definitely not out of their reach.

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  20. @Wyvern – I hear (unconfirmed) that PBHS will be playing Northwood at the Jeppe 150 celebration festival.

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  21. @Tang: What is the PBHS team looking like this year? I watched a few of your matches last year and the ingredients for a a solid team were there, but maybe just lacked a bit in the backline.

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  22. @Wyvern: I truly have no idea. I think the new director of rugby will have a big impact this season and by all accounts the boys are hard at work getting ready for the season. There are many players returning from last year so I would expect PBHS won’t have as poor a season as they did last year.

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  23. Ek hoop DP doen beter die jaar en dat daai vetkop sindroom nie weer hulle gaan onder kry nie.

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  24. @Tierkopkraal: Ek weet nie presies wat die vetkop sindroom is nie. Ken so paar ander sindrome maar nognie van daardie een nie. Lig ons in asb.

    Ek sien Eldo’s ontmoed DP die 2 April. Het julle baie manne oor van verlede jaar?

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  25. @kosie: Ek noem die manne wat dink hulle is groter as die game dit want, daar is dan geen trots vir daai eerste span trui nie. Dan verloor hulle wedstryde wat hulle op ouderdoms vlak gemaklik gewen het.

    Ja ek dink 10 van hulle is oor en dan is daai stut mos nou oor na NZ toe.

    Het DP en Eldoraigne al teen mekaar gespeel?
    Hoe lyk julle span die jaar?

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  26. @Tierkopkraal: Ek is nie seker op 1ste span vlak nie maar weet die 2014 O/14’s het by die kwagga week gespeel en gelykop gespeel 10 elk. Ons 2014 O/14 span was maar so bietjie ondergemiddeld.

    Voorlangs is daar 4 manne van verlede jaar se groep wat terug is en agter langs is daar ook 4 terug. Niemand weet op die stadium hoe die span gaan wees nie. Ek sal eers vlg Dinsdag ‘n beter aanduiding he.

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  27. Does anyone know why the KES fly-half (and vice captain I think) is missing the festival? He was the 1st team fly-half last year – relegating Herschell Gibbs’ son to fullback.

    Given that KES required a last minute try to squeak past St John’s and are missing their star fly-half, I think they’ll struggle – especially as they have a much tougher fixture list than the past few festivals. I hope that I’m wrong.

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  28. @Vleis: Hi Vleis, Tony de Zorzi is on a SA schools cricket tour to Bangladesh. Going to be a tough festival for them and season this year but we’ve learnt to take the good with the bad.

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  29. @Vin: I thought that might be the case. The top rugby player at St John’s has been banned by the SA u19 cricket authorities from playing rugby this year. At least Tony gets to return to rugby after the tour.

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  30. @Grasshopper: Rondebosch might be a tough nut to crack on day 1 for DHS. St Davids might be a bit easier on day 2 and should make for good TV material. Day 3 might also prove to be difficult for DHS. Lets wait and see. I am really glad that DHS is attending.

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  31. @Grasshopper: @kosie: My predictions are:

    – DHS to lose by a big score to Bosch.
    – DHS to win by a big score v St David’s.
    – DHS to lose to Eldos but will be competitive.

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  32. Hentie Celliers by 8
    Graeme by 3
    Parktown by 5
    Queens by 3
    Eldoraigne by 5
    KES by 5
    Rondebosch by 7

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  33. @Roger: I presume you are referring to points difference or are those tries for the said teams.

    Nevermind the answer, I will be there.

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  34. Eish – my first prediction was way out ….. Hudson Park hammered Hentie Celliers

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  35. @Cappie: Haha. My rugby verbintenis by Eldo het verlede jaar geëindig. Toe trek ek maar my alma mater se trui aan. Dink nie jy kan sê Eldo kook nie. Doen net genoeg om te wen

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  36. Good wins for KES U16 vs Selbourne at Jeppe 21-15 and for KES U15 vs Kempton Park at Affies 21-12.

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  37. @Vin – watched the KES vs Selborne game at Jeppe. Very good game of rugby. Selborne were leading 10-0 and then seemed to switch off. KES started to pile pressure on Selborne. The pressure told. Selborne received a yellow card for continuous infringements and KES took full advantage. They scored three excellent tries. Selborne got a late consolation try but missed the conversion and it was full time.
    Gutsy performance by KES.

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  38. @Tang: Thanks Tang I watched the KES U15 game and the KES 1st team game today. I heard the U16 game was a gutsy performance, they’re a good side and I think they’ll mature into a really good team.

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  39. Roger you were off on a few results care for Saturday ? Your guess we’re not bad.

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  40. @easyflow: My team of the day would have to be KES, They absorbed the early pressure and then just took the game away.

    Queens played good structured rugby and it seems they are a well drilled team.

    Surprise team of the day for me was DHS. Wow, they played out of their skins and defended like trojans. DHS no 12 scoring the try of the day. Bosch was attacking the DHS try line, about 3/4 metres out. DHS makes a vital turnover, DHS kick down field and no 12 displays his pace to out run all. Picks up the ball about half a metre from the try line and scores.

    Team award to the best defending team, I would say Eldoraigne. They have a small team with XL hearts. Their defence laid the fiundation for their victory in the second half.

    Roger, any predictions for Saturday? I wont hold you to your predictions.

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  41. @easyflow: I was 0 from 3 and recovered to 4 from 7 – better than my Saints predictions!

    KES Bosch on Sat will be a humdinger as will KES Queens on Mon

    Impressed with Kingswood – good team and great number 15

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  42. @kosie:
    DHS by 15
    Eldoraigne by 15
    Kingswood by 15
    Dan Pienaar by 15
    Hudson Park by 20
    Queens by 15
    KES by 2

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  43. Queens seemed to be proving people wrong on the supposed weak year they were going to have.

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  44. The Grey side playing at Saints are not playing to there full potential. Bosch should play 10 and Vers 15. That will give Grey the edge they need.

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  45. I watched Kingswood play and i agree that they are a very good side. Not bad for a school wout only 240 boys.

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  46. I am not in country so basically this is my favorite way to get info. On KES, was under impression that they had a weaker team, or perhaps there were some of the team injured or on cricket tour… My last festival I recall KES VW Grey Bloem at Saints I belive. I recall as a mighty being told Kes would be Bliksemed, but recall they gave a very good account! Since then been following all festivals…any way festivals have surprises so can’t wait for rest of games! What was the final score Kes Bloem?

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  47. @beet: Ben Vorster was in the game until the second half. They were beaten when KES started to dominate the forward exchanges. Towards the end, KES just blew them away. I think the KES strength will be exposed with the Rondebosch game. The Bosch game might even determine the rest of the KES season.

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  48. @kosie: Thanks. Interesting analysis. Rondebosch will be a difficult prospect for any team in SA this year but based on what you have added above, it sounds like KES is going to give Westville and Maritzburg College a run for their money at the very minimum. Even if they can’t beat Rondebosch, Monnas or Affies, it could still be a memorable season for the Reds.

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  49. @beet: Don’t forget that KES required a last minute try to squeak past St John’s a few weeks ago…and that was with their star fly-half who is missing from the festival. As kosie says, more will be revealed when they lay Rondebosh and Queens.

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  50. @kosie……..soos Beet sê, op die blog. Gaan nou lekker saam julle manne rugby gesels. Dink julle Ben Vorster hou gevaar in vir Eldoraigne? Aangesien BV so goed in die 1ste helfte teen KES vertoon het en Eldoraigne so skitterend op die verdediging was teen DP? KES is waarskynlik die span om te wen op die toernooi?

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  51. @Saartjie: Welkom op die blog! Een ding wat ek al geleer het is dat enige span op ‘n dag enige ander span kan klop. Kom ons kyk wat gebeur tussen Eldo en BV.

    Is jy ‘n BV ondersteuner? Mooi skool in ‘n baie mooi deel van die land. As kind het ek baie in die Tzaneen omgewing gaan kuier.

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  52. @kosie: baie dankie, sien uit na goeie en positiewe kommentaar. Ek kom van daai wereld af – baie mooi deel van ons land. Wat was jou indrukke van die wedstryd tussen BV en Eldo’s? Die twee spanne het mekaar min beweegruimte gegee en onder mekaar ingeklim! Maar ek dink nie die telling is ‘n ware weergawe van die wedstryd nie. My siening, Eldo’s moes baie verder gewen het. Hulle was BV oor in alle fasette, veral 2e helfte. En hul verdediging was weereens puik. Net jammer vir al die strafskoppe!

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  53. Good to see DHS was competitive on day one. They can only get better by playing good rugby schools. awesome to see they won their second game. Thanks for the updates

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  54. @Saartjie: Dit was ‘n harde wedstryd en moes Eldo meer gedoen het met die balle wat hulle gehad het. BV het nooit gaan lê nie. Nie ‘n wedstryd wat lank onthou sal word nie.

    Hou ons op hoogte van die tellings verder. Ek moes inderhaas terug jaag Pretoria toe

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  55. @Horsefly: They lacked some intensity on day one and seemed to be a bit tentative but defended like trojans. Played most of the bench on day two due to injuries and giving all a chance but were certainly up for the game. One of the best games I have seen from them for a long time. There were a lot of injuries though. Flyhalf concussed and so will need to reshuffle the backline which is a concern because 9-10-12 is working brilliantly. I think this is a good competitive team with no big weaknesses, but the old problem of a lack of depth may cause problems as the season goes on. Eldoraigne tomorrow will be a tough test I think but they can win of they play well.

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  56. @Roger: Your predictions for Saturday were far more accurate. Trust is restored. Seems the second day blues however also pitched up. All the games were far closer than expected.

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  57. It’s a pity the rain came down in the end but nevertheless a good day of rugby. I was expecting bigger scores for eldoraigne, kingswood and queens! Surprised by the graeme result, big improvement from Thursday.

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  58. I watched the Grey vs Helpmekaar, not impressed with the rugby Grey is playing. They are suppose to play better rugby than what they are playing currently.

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  59. @h2o: The DHS team really impressed me on day 1. They played well and were in the game the whole time. If they can manage to stay focused for 80 minutes, they will surprise a couple of teams. They somehow loose concentration along the way. Still a good team!

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  60. @Grasshopper: For them to do that, they will have to learn to look after their own ball at the breakdown, know what they want to do and do it. They may well surprise Glenwood. They won’t shy away from the physical stuff.

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  61. @kosie: When DHS played College their work on the ground was a strong point, that won’t be a weakness you will see often, perhaps not again. They are a good side that can beat most on their day.

    Did Gareth Simpson and Matt Noot both play?

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  62. @kosie: the problem School has is the lack of depth in crucial positions like hooker and flyhalf. . It is also going to count against you when it comes to implementing impact subs if you lack depth. They have quality players like Coetzee, Simo and Ntuli. …… but if one of them get injured i see difficult times ahead. This current u17 group has always been good through the age groups. Where School has made a huge improvement in my opinion is the coaching structures. With coaches Wilkenson and Trompie they have a winning combination. My suggestions to them is start getting a aggressive recruiting campaign going to ensure the positive growth continues.

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  63. @Gungets Tuft: I was not at the game today. My comment was based on day 1 and 2 that I watched. The lapse in concentration I was referring to was in the Rondebosch game and that gave Bosch the break they needed to win the game.

    As I said above, DHS impressed me. They will surprise a couple if teams this year.

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  64. Coetzee played flyhalf in the last match because Noot suffered concussion on saturday with one of the flanks slotting in at centre. With Hammy playing like a beast at flank. This team keeps on surprising me every game. It was a good tour for school although they lost two games they could have just as easily won

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  65. DHS played really well against Rondebosch but were beaten by a better team, were very efficient against St Davids and were deserved winners there, and then a rejigged side (injuries made worse by more injuries in the match) was beaten by an Eldoraigne team that was simply stronger. My biggest disappointment was the behaviour of the Eldo parents — very boorish and swearing at DHS players on the field is never acceptable as far as I am concerned. Their attitude is probably the reason Eldo team seemed keen to play the man as much as the ball, but I do think with a stronger ref their attitude may cost them at some point if that is how they always play. Was good to see the DHS players not letting it get to them and despite a lot of provocation kept it pretty clean while never stepping back — although one-yellow card apiece suggests maybe I am seeing things from blue and gold perspective.

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  66. @BiasedDHSDad: I cannot comment on the game played on Monday. What I can say is that some Eldo (read max 2) had a few unsavoury comments on both Thursday and Saturday. These parents are not rugby parents but were there for the hockey and joined the Eldo crowd for the game.

    Whatever or whoever they were, it remains unacceptable behaviour. It’s schoolboy rugby after all and parents should encourage their teams but not at the expense of the other team.

    The fact that a card per team was issued, might suggest a bit if skulduggery from both teams.

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  67. @BiasedDHSDad: I saw DHS play on Saterday and must say the #12 that played was really impressive. Not sure who he was, but must surely be in contention for a KZN place when the national weeks start.

    Scrumhalve was also very good.

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  68. @valke: I agree with you on #12 from DHS. You can read my comments posted after the Thursday games. He scored the try of the day, out ran all to score a truely brilliant try

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  69. You guys are kind to the ***. He must be about 22 or 23 years old. I was at the game between Eldoraine and *** and everybody picked up that he is not in the teens. How does he get it right to still play school rugby?

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  70. @kosie and valke. The #12 is Gert Coetzee. He was Kzn u/16 Flyhalf last year, Trompie moved him to 12 this year to give him more options. Was told the #8 played Grant Khomo two years ago :mrgreen:

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  71. The stars make it difficult to decide who you are talking about? I did not notice any of the Eldo players who looked particularly overage and the DHS players have all been checked with Dept records (remember, DHS discovered the overage scandal from a few years ago and so they are particularly sensitive about it — it also affected DHS who were the victim of a forged birth certificate then, I am pretty sure the entire rugby programme was audited at the time and all these boys were part of that). Also the entire DHS team has been at the school since Gr 8 (I think they are the only KZN team that can claim that) so I have watched them all since U14 with my son. I am as certain as I can be that there are no overage players there.

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  72. @BiasedDHSDad: Beet censored the boy’s position to safeguard his identity.

    I am still interested to know how “everybody picked up that he is not in the teens”

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  73. @Playa: I am sure School did the DHS (Done Honesty Screening) test before the players left Durbs.

    I watched 2 DHS games and nobody seemed over age

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  74. Just confirmed that three or four years ago all the DHS rugby players had their ages checked with Dept records (it was not just birth certificates). All the current 1st XV squad were part of that so I am reasonably sure nobody is over age. I think I have worked out who this is about and if so I have had him staying at my house regularly since Gr8, and as much as he is a very mature and switched on and very motivated kid, I would be amazed if he is any older than my son and there is no way my baby-faced boy is over age.

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  75. @Playa: I was there for all of ***matches and yes the *** did stand out when they walked past, literally! I won’t go as far as to say that he MUST be overage cause some of those *** players, judging by their faces alone, could be having their 21st parties soon :mrgreen:

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