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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:47

Rugby: St.John's College Easter Rugby Festival Preview

For the 19th consecutive year St. John’s College will be hosting the St. John’s College Easter Rugby Festival from the 17th-21 April, 2014.

 St.Johns College Easter Festival 2014This year there will be 12 top schoolboy rugby sides that will converge on St.John’s College and play their hearts out on their famed Burger Field. The teams are a good representation from all around South Africa and the line-up also includes Scots College from New Zealand which will give the festival an international flavour and an opportunity for some teams to face their first Haka.

Looking at the line-up of teams that will be competing one would have to say that the Western Province teams of Paarl Boys High and Paul Roos Gym should be the favourites to remain unbeaten. Boishaai have been in good form going into this Festival and PRG also have shown signs of being a very professional outfit. Eighthman and Captain of Boishaai, CF du Toit will be looking to lead his team all the way to the final match against Pretoria Boys High which could be their only real test of the weekend although they also will be facing a competitive Jeppe team.

On paper Paul Roos Gym appear to have a slightly tough assignment with a meeting with Waterkloof who were good enough to outplay Affies recently and Nelspruit who on their day can cause a surprise result. Head Coach of PRG, Hein Kriek will be hoping for a confidence building win over the Zimbabwean team in the opening match and will be relying on his big front row of Carl Prinsloo, Jacques van Zyl and Jerome Korf to set up a solid platform for his team to attack from the scrums.

Waterkloof will also be up for the fight and will want to show their outing against Affies was what should be expected from them for the rest of the season. They have two relatively easier matches against Klein Nederburg and Noordheuwel and will be hoping for a couple of good wins either side of their encounter with Paul Roos Gym. However none of the teams can be counted out and an upset is always on the cards. Noordheuwel has in their squad one of the heaviest players in the festival in lock Chase Herbst who tips the scales at a whopping 125kg and he has been known as a difficult player to bring down when he finds a bit of space. Not to be outdone Klien Nederburg also has in Malcolm du Preez a 126kg player who could make a useful prospect coming off the bench.

Looking at the form book we will be expecting Boishaai, Paul Roos Gym, Waterkloof and the hosts St. Johns College to be the teams to expect to win their matches during the festival.

St johns fest fixtures

 

 

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