There are some serious heavyweights lined up here. It’s almost impossible for the organisers to avoid matching some of them up against each other. I think its going to be a super festival.
@beet: Mmm, a Paul Roos vs Garsfontein encounter is on the cards here! Monument vs HJS Paarl would also be great. That followed by HJS vs Garsies and PRS vs Monnas.
If they play 3 games, Nelspruit can be the schools from the Cape’s third encounter.
I would like to see Jeppe against Nellies as well. Should be triller.
One of the stronger line-ups at St Johns in recent years. Great to see. Teams usually get one “breather” game out of the three. Boishaai is back at Wildeklawer this year so can potentially meet Monnas there. Will rather let them play a team they would not get a chance to play again…Garsies, Nellies or Jeppe ..any two of those three will be great.
From our side it is an honour and a privilege to be apart of this prestigeous festival for the first time ever! I am sure we will gain invaulable experience from the festival! Really looking forward to it!
What is worth noting is that Garsies will be playing 4 very hard matches in a matter of 10 days with us also competing at the Noord/Suid tournament… Will be tough indeed for the boys! The following scenario could easily become a reality:
Garsies vs Paarl Gim
Garsies vs Outeniqua/Oakdale
Garsies vs Paal BH
Garsies vs Paul Roos
That all in a space of 10 days…
Looking forward to the challenge…
@beet: In my opinion this St. Johns and Kearsney festivals will be equally tough… Not much difference between the two…
Whoever plays against Monnas next year will have their work cut out… Monnas, on paper, will have a MASSIVE team and in my opinion will be top 3 contenders in 2015…
@BoishaaiPa: Just for info, we have also applied for Wildeklawer (again…) maybe we make the cut this time around…
@Rugbyman: It’s an ambitious schedule Garsies is taking on next year.
Goodluck! I will walk the 600m from KES to watch a few games.
@kosie: Indeed it is… Will most certainly test our depth… But Africa is a tough country! Great oppurtunity for our boys though to play against the best!
@Rugbyman: Welcome to our World ..So gaan dit maar gereeld gedurende n seisoen..Dis soos swem in n woeste spring gety…daar is nie kans vir asemhaal nie, dan is die ander groot brander weer op jou!
@BoishaaiPa: inderdaad… ons sal maar net eenvoudig moet swem…
@Rugbyman: Hoop julle is suksesvol in julle WK aansoek. Ek weet hulle werk gewoonlik op uitnodiging. Ons het lvanjaar gemis, so ek hoop en aanvaar maar dat ons volgende jaar weer daar sal wees.
Ek is uiters verbaas om Waterkloof nie op die lys te sien nie. Hulle ondersteun die kompetisie al n geruime tydperk. Was altyd een van die hoogtepunte van St Johns as Kloof teen die groot Kaapse skole gespeel het. Hulle (Kloof) het juis in 2012 vir Bois High, en in 2013 vir Paul Roos, teen verwagting in, gewen.
I know Klofies are at Pukke and Wildeklawer but over Easter is a puzzler.
Apart from Saints there is just Oakdale, Bizsport, Best of the West in Krugersdorp and the annual festival in CT left.
Also Klofies are out of Noord-Suid as far as I know
@Woltrui: Wolla..dink jou kop is bietjie deurmekaar..Waterkloof het in 2012 verloor teen Boishaai, maar het hulle wel in 2013 gewen. Klofies het ook vanjaar teen PR gewen…Jy is te haastig!..Dis nog steeds 2014!
@BoishaaiPa: Skuus BHP. Jip jy is reg, bietjie haastig. Moet se ek geniet die St John’s toernooi baie. Geleentheid vir ons Valies om die Kaap se spanne na waarde te skat. Een van die mees genotvolle wedstryde wat ek hier gesien het was toe Boishaai die Engelse skool laas jaar geklop het. Julle outjies was sekerlik 10 kg per kop ligter in die agterlyn maar het die Engelse outjies behoorlik dronkgehardloop.
@Woltrui: Ek het ook daai wedstryd geniet, asook die wedstryd tussen Jeppe en Scots College* vanjaar. Ek waardeer dit dat St John’s kry oorsee skool spanne, maar Viadana is eintlik n o20/19 klub, so nie so interesant soos in verlede jare.
@Woltrui: Ek het St Johns laas in 2005 bygewoon en het dit vreeslik geniet…Dit het so bietjie afgewater op n tyd, maar volgende jaar se spanne lyk weer mooi sterk regdeur. Op n tyd was daar net 2 of 3 spanne wat regtig teen mekaar kon kompeteer, maar nou is daar weer n hele paar sterkes.
Lions and St Benedicts could be in for a hiding on day 1 .
Paar wedstryde Saterdag en Maandag wat dit die moeite werd maak om die N1 tussen Pretoria en Johannesburg aan te pak. Bois High teen Monnas en Garsies. Paul Roos teen Monnas.
Paarl Gim teen Garsies en Parkies in die Noord Suid toernooi in Pretoria. Lekker vooruitsig om die klein Bergbokkies te sien jol.
@scrummie: Agreed. Monnas beat Bennies by about 40 at Monnas in 2014. The ‘very mature’ Bennies boys are in the open age group this year, so that may reduce the deficit a bit. However, the biggest impact on the score will be the weaker teams both schools will field on day 1. Monnas will rest most of their regular 1st team players given the tough matches they face on days 2 and 3….and Bennies will also write this game off and keep their best players for St Charles (probable win) and Hilton (possible win).
Unfortunately no Garsies vs Paul Roos as expected on Day 2.
Nelspruit vs Garsies is the kind of fixture that should be avoided at a festival. Yes it’s possible that the two schools might not meet again outside of this scheduled festival game but there is also a possibility that they could come up against each other in the Tuks and the Beeld
@Vleis: Hilton could surprise a few this season. They have the advantage of coming off a really bad year so will be flying under the radar. This year’s group was really good in their u16 year. Add Greg Miller as the new man looking after Hilton rugby to the mix and they are bound to max on their potential.
The Day 1 game Hilton vs Nelspruit might be the pick of the lot. Understandably Nellies might brace themselves for what’s to come against Garsies on the Saturday but they can’t afford to take Hilton lightly.
@Vleis: Another thing that is apparent about suspected overage kids. They usually tend to lose effectiveness as they move up the age-groups. So the guys that were once bigger, stronger, faster than those they played against tend to still be good but no longer have that individual match winning influence they once possessed.
@beet: the garsies nelspruit fixture might change… you are correct that we could possibly meet in the tuks and beeld! No issue playing nelspruit though! They will have a strong team again this year…
@Rugbyman: Yeah these fixtures are never really complete until all the schools are satisfied. It’s part and parcel of festival organising.
PRG vs Garsies hopefully still a possibility but given how difficult the Garsies schedule already is for April, maybe an unlikelihood.
@beet: Do you have the Jeppe 125 fixtures yet as I cannot find them anywhere.
@rugbyfan: No I just know that DHS will play Parktown at Jeppe and that College will be attending as well along with the likes of KES and PBHS. Should be a good fest. No response to my request for fixtures at this stage.
Cannot wait for this festival. Sad the Wolramme are not going to be here, but I think there are going to be some awesome games.
I’ve added the St Johns team lists with height and weight stats
Anybody except me, myself and I attending the rugby at St John’s?
St John 1 st day raaiskote:
Jeppe by 25
Garsfontein by 52
Paul Roos by 21
Nelspruit by 11
Monnas by 54
Boishaai by 32
Jeppe by 20
Garsies by 20
Paul Roos by 20
Nellies by 15
Monnas by 18
Paarl Boys by 18
St Charles Jeppe – Jeppe by 20
Lions Garsfontein – Garsies by 20
Paul Roos Viadana (Ita) – PR by 35
Hilton Nelspruit – Nellies by 15
St Benedict’s Monument – Monnas by 25
HJS Paarl BH St John’s – PBH by 25
Garsies 14-0 up. A few players rested.
Garsies 28-0 halftime.
Garsies 61 – 10 ft.
Scores at St Johns today please?
Jeppe 27 – 24 St Charles
Garsies 61 – 10 Lions XV
PRG 87 – 0 Viadana
@akw: Thanks. How is the Hilton/Nelspruit game going?
final score in the PRG game was 94-0
Jeppe & Monnas game will be massive for us
Smaak my daar is heelwat mismatches in hierdie groep, al die Saint skole sukkel ook maar baie! Die Viadana / Lions game behoort nou close een te wees! Sien uit na die Boishaai Monnas battle, my geld is op Boishaai.
@danie: Vir my het die 1ste dag gevoel soos wedstrydoefening en begin die regte rugby vir my eers Saterdag.
@akw: Ek was nie self dasr nie, so 600 m verder op in die pad by KES, maar as ek na die tellings kyk, is jy dalk reg. Garsies se 106 en Paul Roos se 94 beam maar net jiu stelling.
Rugbyman geluk al kan mens nie altyd iets uit so ‘n telling lees nie.
@Djou: As mens streng statisties na die Eldo prentjie kyk, moes my verbintenis dalk voor verlede jaar geëindig het, want van my verbintenis verbreking het hulle nog niks verloor nie. Dit sê nogal baie.
Sover lyk dit na GCB, Boishaai, Gimmies, PRG en Monnas / Oakdale vir die top 5 posisies, nie noodwendig in hierdie volgorde nie, nie seker wat aangaan by Garsfontein nie, maar ek sal my kop uitsteek en voorspel maandag gaan nog n lang dag vir hulle wees teen Boishaai! PRG en Monnas gaan close wees, ons hoop vir goeie weer vir die game!
@akw: What happend to the short match summaries AKW ?
im sure they’ll remember that game on Markotter last year & want to put one over the Grey PE boys this time around
Hilton 34 – 20 St Benedicts Nice game of rugby.
Nelspruit 35 – 33 Jeppe. Probably the best school rugby match I have seen in a very long time.
What a stella game of school boy rugby. The better team on the day won. However Jeppe will be dreading missing all those kicks. Four penalties and a conversion. But ja this might be an interesting season for jeppe… if they get their discipline and heads right this might be a strong season for them.
an impressive 32-9 victory for Boishaai over Garsies
i think they should be no.1 on that provisional rankings for this year, because they have been the most impressive team so far
@phat55: To close to call . PRG win against Affies probably makes them nr 1 at the moment . Paarl Gim will only show their hand at Wildeklawer . Oakdale also very dangerous this year . SACS and Rondebosch also strong this year and Boland Landbou are going to be very , very tough so the WP selectors will have to be on their toes this year .
Great result for Boishaai, they have just showed their class, its gonna be an exciting season in the Western Cape to see who’s the best! Gimmies will be next to show what they’re up to at the North-South tournament, and believe me they are going to entertain! Also well done to Grey Bloem for pulling those close ones through, at the end of the day, that is what a great team does, they find ways to win! Finally, well done to PRG, you’ve played some great and exciting rugby!
Well done to Boishaai.. the Boys, Sean and Elmo all did us proud..Looks like it was Paarl vs Pretoria today as the u/14 and u/16 groups played Menlo and won as well…Paarl 3 – Pta 0. …Jokes aside…the team did well and was under the radar pre-season…it is what happens on the field that counts.
Very well done to our neighbours Paul Roos as well…you kept the WP flag flying high!
Tandem asked for short match summaries. I can do ones for the 3 main games, but please remember that this is my opinion only and, as my Superbru proves, I know very little about rugby. These are just general observations.
Paul Roos vs Monnas
I believe PRG deserved to win the game, but I believe Monnas could have won with different in-game decisions.
Monnas 1 and 6 are both U17’s and they are both brilliant players. In the scrums the Monnas 1 had the upper hand from the first scrum and he dominated throughout. He also carried the ball well. The 6 was immense, came within 1m of scoring twice and score a lovely try from the half way line with pace and a great line.
When Monnas kept it tight and played to their obvious strength, which is their pack, they looked dominant. The back line looked very pedestrian, standing very deep and with a lot of lateral movement. The 1st try of Monnas was a great training ground move where the backs ran a sweep in the direction from where the ball had come.
But they did not take 9 points that was on offer in the PR 22 and this, in the end, cost them.
PRG defended and contested well, took knocks in the scrum and did well on their own lineouts. In the pack the 6 played well.
The 10 was great and created both tries, the first by stepping twice before passing to his 12 that ran a great line to score, the second by securing a loose ball and setting a ruck from which the 13 ran a great line to score. The 10 also stripped 2 balls in tackles and looked very dangerous ball in hand.
Nelspruit vs Jeppe
This was an awesome game of rugby. I did not keep notes, just enjoyed the ebb and flow of a game played at pace and with good skills levels. Jeppe lost because they were atrocious in the lineouts, I doubt they won 1 ball all afternoon. So they had very little attacking ball from set phases, which was such a pity because their back line is a great pleasure to watch. They run great lines, utilize space properly, communicate well – that back-line coach can take a serious bow. Their 7 was also all over the field and dangerous with ball in hand.
Nelspruit’s pack dominated the lineouts and as a team the effort was great, with their 10 probably their best player.
The game ended with a Jeppe kick falling just short off the crossbar, it was a brilliant match.
Boishaai vs Garsies
This match was such a disappointment after the Jeppe/Nelspruit ripper.
Boishaai kicked off, Garsies knocked on under zero pressure, Boishaai played right from the scrum and scored. And from there things got even worse.
In the scrums Boishaai place Garsies under great pressure, and in the lineouts the only balls Garsies won cleanly was the ones Boishaai decided not to contest on. This negated the Garsies backline completely, they did not get any front foot ball and in most cases received man and ball at the same time. With zero time and space they could do nothing.
The second Boishaai try came from another knock, the third from the Garsies 8 breaking away AGAINST the wheel of a scrum that was at 90 degrees. To their credit Boishaai was very clinical in turning these mistakes into points.
The Boishaai pack was dominant, and their scrums, lineouts and kick-off receives were clinical. I really like their locks.
I was less impressed with the Boishaai backline. They play deep, with a lot of lateral movement, some poor accuracy with their passing and some balls being dropped. Behind such a dominant pack the back line should have done better.