Kearsney Festival Wrap 2012

Tue, 19/06/2012 - 00:42


A highly successful fifth Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival wrapped up yesterday in swirling, misty conditions with the announcement of three players who were each offered a contract with the Sharks Academy and tuition bursary with Varsity College.

Glenwood captain Siyabonga Tom, Westville Boys’ High’s prop forward Nqoba Mxoli and Paarl Gymnasium winger Wion Robertse were each awarded the coveted contracts and bursaries; whilst Handre Pollard, Paarl Gym’s captain and flyhalf, and Affies lock RG Snyman were voted the festival’s best backline and forward players respectively.

Despite the country’s cold front that reached Botha’s Hill to ensure some final day games were played in rain, mist and poor visibility, the 12 participating schools continued to produce their high standard of play for supporting crowds.

Affies (Afrikaans Boys High School) from Pretoria was the only school to remain unbeaten at the festival – having scored wins over EG Jansen, Paarl Gym and Kearsney.  

Hosts Kearsney College, Glenwood, Grey College, Paarl Gym and Paul Roos each won two of their three fixtures.

The upset of the festival was Grey College’s loss to Paarl Gym on the first day, after an incredible 950 day unbeaten record.  Grey from Bloemfontein went on to beat Westville and Monument.

Kearsney beat Selborne College and Queen’s College, but lost to Affies on the last day.  Glenwood beat Monument and Queen’s College, but drew with Dale College.  Coming off their win over Grey, Paarl Gym then lost to Affies, before beating Selborne College on the final day.  Paul Roos beat Queen’s College and Monument, but then drew with Dale in their last game.

Selectors from the Sharks Academy who watched all three play days were impressed with the high standard of rugby displayed in front of  the weekend’s estimated 13 500 spectators.

The final day clash between Paarl Gymnasium and Selborne College was a high scoring game, with Paarl scoring nine tries, to take the final score to 57-16.  Captain and fly-half Handre Pollard ended the festival with 52 points, having been named man of the match for two games - against Grey College and Selborne.  He was voted best backline player at the festival.

The game between Kearsney and Affies was always going to be dominated by forward play with many handling errors due to the wet ball.  Kearsney was slow on defence and took too long to get into position for most of the match, as Affies out muscled them in the rucks and mauls.  Unbeaten at the festival, Affies showed true Blue Bull style of rugby with strong mauling from line-outs to win 22-10.

In their only win at the festival, Westville beat EG Jansen 27-19 after trailing 5-12 at half time.  Man of the match, Westville’s Nquoba Mxoli who scored his team’s first try of the last game, was selected for a Sharks Academy/Varsity College bursary.  

Glenwood proved too strong for Queen’s College, a team which had lost a number of players to injury during the previous two festival days.  Glenwood’s pressure on their opponents and their strong defence, resulted in a 32-12 win.  Queen’s points all came from penalties off the boot of captain Joshua Stander.  

The opening game on the final day, between Dale College and Paul Roos, was an exciting and entertaining game of rugby, which ended in a 27-27 draw that could have gone either way.  Dale’s Luke Massaire was man of the match for his three tries and a penalty.

The final match of the festival was a low-scoring game played in miserable conditions.  Grey College beat Monument 8-0 in a physical first half which saw no points being scored.  Grey was awarded a penalty early in the second half, which was converted by Arrie Vosloo.  Monument applied pressure to no avail and, after much hard work, Grey was awarded for their hard efforts with captain Pieter Jordaan going over in the left corner for the only try of the match.

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