HELPMEKAAR EDGE GRAEME COLLEGE 10-7 IN TIGHT BATTLE
In the first College game in the 25th edition of the St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, proudly sponsored by Standard bank and brought to you by Supersport Schools, Johannesburg outfit Helpmekaar Kollege locked horns with Graeme College from the Eastern Cape.
The game was a tight battle throughout, with Graeme College putting in a great effort in containing Helpmekaar’s powerful runners but unfortunately it was not enough as they conceded a converted try in the dying moments of the game, to go down 10-7. Before conceding late, Graeme College had looked like they would hold onto a famous victory, after having enjoyed a slim 7-3 lead. The score at the interval was even testament to the close encounter, with Helpmekaar having had a 3-0 lead.
In the end, well done to both teams for an entertaining display.
PAARL BOYS’ START FESTIVAL ON A HIGH WITH AN 83-0 VICTORY OVER THE LIONS
Paarl Boys’ High School put in a complete performance to brush aside the Lions Invitational XV 83-0.
From the start of the game, Paarl showed their intention very quickly with the Lions struggling to keep up to the tempo of the game dictated to them. The first half was mainly played in the Lions half, with Paarl comfortably handling possession to run off to a 31-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw Paarl continue dominating the fixture, running in a staggering 52 points in the process to eventually come away with 83-0 win.
HILTON COLLEGE OUTMUSCLE ST BENEDICT’S 60-3
Hilton College were too good for St Benedict’s College from the start, beating the boys from Bedfordview in all departments on the day, with St Benedict’s failing to cross the white wash in their heavy loss at the hands of Hilton.
Hilton College showed their class in both halves freely scoring against a St Benedict’s team that were on the back foot for most of the encounter. The first half was where St Benedict’s registered their 3 pointer, through a penalty but it was too late at that stage as Hilton were already 27 points up. At the break, Hilton led by 27-3, with St Benedict’s so often their own worst enemies, conceding unnecessary penalties and failing to slow the game down, with Hilton playing it at a high tempo.
The second half brought about a great display from the Hiltonians, who ran rampant with ball in hand and further put in a flawless defensive performance. In the end this saw Hilton rolling onto winning 60-3.
SPOILS SHARED BETWEEN HOER LANDBOUSKOOL BOLAND AND NOORDHEUWEL AS GAME ENDS 25 ALL
Arguably one of the best games of the day at that moment, where Hoerskool Noordheuwel mounted an incredible come back to level matters, when it looked as if they were in for quite a hiding against a well coached Hoer Landbouskool Boland team.
Boland were the strong starters in the game, winning the territory count and as well as the physical battles first up, racing to a well deserved 22-11 lead at the break.
The second half saw Boland only slotting a single penalty to add to their tally, with Noordheuwel putting in a big shift to claw their way back into the encounter, however leaving it late to level matters. Big Credit to Noordheuwel, who did incredibly well to always stay close to Boland in the second half and finding a way back against a Boland side, who looked set to run away with the match.
PAUL ROOS SWEEP PAST WELKOM 50-6
Paul Roos Gimnasium were clinical in their display as they put in a great performance to sweep past a resilient Welkom Gimnasium 50-6.
The first half saw Paul Roos enjoying the possession with their fast-paced attack, often looking to run Welkom off their feet. Two quick tries from Paul Roos saw Welkom really struggle with the tempo of the game but as the half progressed, Welkom got into their defensive groove a little better. All Welkom could however manager was two penalties as they failed to penetrate the tightly sealed defensive lines of Paul Roos, with the two teams settling for a 17-6 score line at the break.
The second half thoroughly belonged to Paul Roos as they unleashed their elusive backline, who often showed great footwork and pace to race over the gain line, combining well with the forwards to produce a thorough 50-6 victory.
NELSPRUIT DOWN ST JOHN’S 26-5 UNDER THE THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
St John’s College were left stunned, when Hoerskool Nelspruit put in a great performance defeating them 26-5 despite much of the crowd cheering the host on.
Nelspruit were the first out the blocks, keeping the St John’s boys at bey throughout large parts of the first half, even going onto a commanding leading going into the break. St John’s were always however threatening in their attacks they launched through their exciting backs but were neutralized as Nelspruit went into the halfway mark with a valuable lead.
The second part of the exciting ‘Thursday Night lights’ encounter, saw Nelspruit showing great patients off the ball, keeping a great of discipline that saw then increase their lead by adding a further 9 points before rounding off a well deserved 26-5 victory over St John’s College, to concluded day 1 of the festival.