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Amidst the plethora of talent on show at Cape Schools Week, one name stood head and shoulders above the rest in the loose forward department. Whilst the WPRFU did not allow any of their Craven Week selections to participate in the festival, the EPRFU was a tad more lenient allowing some of their stars to take part in a portion of the tournament.  

Amidst the plethora of talent on show at Cape Schools Week, one name stood head and shoulders above the rest in the loose forward department. Whilst the WPRFU did not allow any of their Craven Week selections to participate in the festival, the EPRFU was a tad more lenient allowing some of their stars to take part in a portion of the tournament.

Thursday, 02 July 2009 02:00

Cape Schools Week: Day Three

 

Its with a heavy heart that I report back from the third and final day of what has been another fantastic display of schoolboy rugby. I'm sure I speak on behalf all that attended this year's Cape Schools Week in saying that it has been an unquestionable success. The standard of rugby has for the most part been so staggering that as a hardened rugby lover and purist I felt like wishing it could go on for as long as possible. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and a rather fitting end with two of the five games being intense clashes between schools of even calibre pitted against each other.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 09:21

Cape Schools Week: Day Two

 

 

With the Cape experiencing a beautiful change of  weather, the scene was set for some stunning  playing  conditions on Day Two of  what has    thus far been a fantastic Cape Schools Week. The match line-up was equally mouth-watering, and, with the  exception of the Paarl Gym vs Muir College  game, most teams were equally matched against each other to provide some closely fought battles filled with passion and vigour.

Monday, 29 June 2009 10:12

Cape Schools Week- Day One

 

It was a cold and blustry start to the Cape's traditional pre-Craven Week mid-year tournament held this year at the South African College School (SACS), featuring a few of the top rugby schools from the Western and Eastern Cape. With as much on the field festivities as off, this was sure to be a crackerjack tournament and so far it has not disappointed.

 

All eyes in the Cape were on the massive Classic Clash between Wynberg and SACS this past weekend, yet somehow this game which initially promised so much, failed miserably to deliver. Across the road however, in a surprisingly more quiet build up, Rondebosch managed to pile even more misery on Bishops' topsy-turvy season with a breathtaking come from behind victory away from home, their first against their biggest rivals in five years. Read More

 

The past weekend was stormy, rainy and down right depressing here in the Cape. We were looking forward to the Sharks vs Bulls game about as much as root canal work and for our beloved Stormers it was, in the shadow of the massive Sharks vs Bulls game, a rather inconspicuous end to a paltry season of Super 14 rugby.
The respective 1st XV coaches of Wynberg, Paarl Boys, SACS, Bishops, Rondebosch Boys and Paul Roos decided it would be a better idea to watch the Stormers play rather than proceed with their fixtures. Yes, the weather was THAT bad.

Friday, 19 June 2009 13:29

Triple Crown Beckons for Wynberg

It is surely safe to say that Wynberg has had a season to remember, claiming scalps against sides as big as Bishops and Paarl Gym, but there is something for a Cape Town school that will add so much more to the respective school's season.Ever since it emerged many moons ago that there are four top rugby playing school's in Cape Town, namely SACS, Wynberg Boys, Rondebosch Boys and Bishops, competition has been rife for one of the schools to claim a victory against the other. Over the years two derby's within the “Big Four” have emerged as massive games; SACS vs Wynberg and Rondebosch vs Bishops, yet an even greater honour is to claim a Triple Crown, that is for one team to beat all the other three.

 

“There is a spell upon this hill and heath; one never tires of it and it never comes twice upon one in the same aspect.”  - Sir John Herschel upon seeing W ynberg Hill, the location of Wynberg Boys' High.Indeed it has been a while since we have been spellbound by the quality of rugby produced by the boys from Lovers' Walk.

I was sitting at my computer thinking of a catchy way to commence this article when it struck me that no matter how boring the opening lines were if you have any love for South African schoolboy rugby you will want to read on.

Sunday, 28 June 2009 10:47

Maritzburg College Rugby

It will always be a topic that causes a hot debate - who is the strongest Rugby school in KZN, or the country for that matter.  These days, its far more difficult to ascertain with the additional matches being played.  If pure tradition and sustained quality were the measure, few would disagree that Maritzburg College has proved itself to be one of the foremost rugby playing schools in KwaZulu-Natal for more than a century.

Friday, 20 March 2009 14:26

Patrick Lambie - Michaelhouse Rugby Star

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Michaelhouse rugby fullback Patrick Lambie does not immediately strike you as one of the most talked about schoolboy rugby players in the country. Neatly turned out in his blazer, hair immaculate, the polite and soft spoken Lambie appears unlike what you would expect. However the quite demeanour soon disappears when you realise the pedigree of the player, twice selected for South African Schools and already on a 2 year contract with the Sharks Rugby Academy he is destined to be seen a lot more of in the years to come.

Friday, 20 March 2009 15:50

Keith Thompson - Kearsney Rugby Coach

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Since 2002  sport at Kearsney College has been directed by Keith Thompson, former provincial rugby player and coach of premier club Harlequins, Natal U20’s and assistant coach for the SA 7’s side.

 

Wednesday, 24 June 2009 22:17

Only One Team Left Standing in KZN

 

 

This was always going to be a tough game with Westville having a great season and doing well against some of the other top rugby schools in KZN. The kick-off time had been moved to 11:30am on Saturday morning the 20th of June to accommodate the British Lions first test Match against South Africa in Durban. The whole province had been looking forward to the tough encounter and there was a lot of banter between old boys of the two schools in the lead up to Saturday's match.

    There can only be a few words to describe the Glenwood boys as they took on the 20 best school rugby teams in the world. Awesome, Courageous, determined, passGlenwoodionate, committed and again Awesome. We were pretty devastated after the semis loss and the boys wanted to make sure that we take something back home for everyone to be proud of. De La Salle College are the NZ champions and are a great team, you only need to look at the scores throughout the tournament to know that. The y have a massive pack that is mobile and are complimented by fast quick footed backs that like to attack the line.

Monday, 04 May 2009 21:00

Sanix World Youth Rugby 2009

The Glenwood 1st XV played their first official game in the SANIX WORLD YOUTH RUGBY CHAMPIONS 2009 on Tuesday, 28 April 2009. The team played Higashi Fukuok High the number one Japanese school. The boys found the match tough, having to prove themselves throughout the game. Coach Sean Erasmus states that the stadium was packed for this opening game of the tournament and that the team were well supported throughout the game.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 19:54

KES Almost Awoken From Their Dream

 

 

The KES dream season almost came crumbling down before them when they faced Marais Viljoen this past weekend. In what was billed, and what I predicted, as a forgone conclusion as an easy win for KES, they had to dig deep in order to eventually pip Marais Viljoen 29-27. KES ran in 22 unanswered points in the second half to record their closest win of the season and to remain on course for that first unbeaten run in 31 years. KES retained their unofficial ranking of 3rd in the country but their result against a team way below them in the schools rankings has definitely created a nervous atmosphere amongst the Reds supporters in their bid to remain unbeaten.

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