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Friday, 08 March 2013 10:33

Rugby: SCHOOLBOY NIGHT FESTIVALS: LONG MAY THEY CONTINUE

 The inaugural McCarthy Toyota Top Schools Rugby Festival took place at Kings Park last night and the potential of the spectacle is there for all to see.

gvm The concept of pitting ten of the top rugby schools in the province against each other in forty minute ‘hit outs’ had a very Twenty20 cricket feel about it; but with the knowledge that there was no trophy on offer, every school seemed to run the ball with reckless abandon; every player looking to impress his coach before the regular season commences.

 

What is more promising however; is not so much the action on the field, but the impressive number of spectators who filled the West Stand. Local schools DHS, Northwood and Glenwood were out in full force and one gets the feeling that other schools will follow suit in years to come.

 A highlight of the Durban sporting calendar is the annual D & D Gala (Durban & Districts), held at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre. Even the most uninterested of swimming spectators revel in the atmosphere of thousands of schoolboys engaging in war cries and one-upmanship.

 

If this could be replicated in stadiums across the country, it will not only allow schools to measure the extent of their pre-season progress against their opponents, but with enough backing, it has every element that lends itself to potentially becoming a permanent social fixture. The idea of Wynberg, SACS, Rondebosch, Bishops, Tygerberg, Paul Roos, Paarl Boys, Paarl Gim, Boland Landbou and HTS Drostdy all packed into the Cape Town Stadium would surely get the attention of the city for an evening.

 

Never should such an idea become competitive to the extent that the spirit of the occasion is lost; but much like the IRB Sevens circuit; a counterbalance to the high-pressured nature of schoolboy rugby should be embraced with fervor.          

 

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