09:00 Westville 34-00 Nico Malan
10:15 KES XV 36-15 Hentie Cilliers
11:30 Marlow 33-31 Eldoraigne
12:45 Northwood 31-07 Queens College
14:00 Dale 46-49 Ben Vorster
15:15 Wynberg 37-00 Hudson Park
07:30 Florida 13-43 Ben Vorster
08:45 Hentie Cilliers 00-66 Northwood
10:00 Waterkloof 36-25 Hudson Park
11:15 Marlow 24-33 Marais Viljoen
12:30 Eldoraigne 33-06 Nico Malan
13:45 Queens 12-50 Westville
15:00 Jeppe vs Wynberg (Cancelled)
16:15 KES vs Dale (Cancelled)
22/04/2019 (Cancelled Due To Bad Weather)
09:30 Nico Malan vs Marais Viljoen
10:45 Ben Vorster vs Hentie Cilliers
12:00 Eldoraigne vs Florida
13:15 Jeppe vs Waterkloof
14:30 KES vs Westville
The 2018 KES festival will be held from the 29th of March 2018 with the final day of play will be on the 2nd of April 2018. Twelve teams confirmed their participation in the KES Easter Festival 1stXV event. The three schools will attend the festival for the first time in 2018 is Marais Viljoen, Muir and Westville while Kingswood, Rondebosch and Waterkloof will not attend this year's festival.
This tournament is known for the perfectly matched fixtures ensuring three days of exciting and close matches.
02 April 2018
The top game on Monday looks to be the Jeppe v Hudson Park clash at 12.15pm. The sides are quite similar in style, with big driving forwards, and slippery backs who are prepared to run it from everywhere.
The King Edward Reds have an opportunity to redeem themselves when they take on Northwood in the final game of the festival.
Wynberg meets Muir College in a what is likely to be a one-sided affair.
08:30 Eldoraigne 36-19 Marais Viljoen
09:45 Noordheuwel 20-22 Westville
11:00 Wynberg 81-0 Muir
The other unbeaten side was Wynberg. They ran in 12 tries in beating Muir College 81-0 in a mismatch on Monday, after wins over Noordheuwel on day one and KES on day 2. They certainly had the most efficient pack on display over the three days, and they had some good finishers in their back line. In all, they were probably the most impressive team on display.
12:15 Hudson park 12-36 Jeppe
Jeppe became one of just two teams to win all three games when they beat Hudson Park 36-12 earlier in the day. They led 10-7 at the break and, at that stage, it looked like anyone’s game, but the superior size and strength of the Jeppe forwards took its toll in the second period and their exciting backs were given plenty of ball to play with. Their flyhalf and captain, Muzi Manyike scored two tries for them and was one of the most exciting backs on display over the three days. The other tries were by Buitumelo Tstsane, Sipho Vayise and Karel Zowitsky. Manyike added three conversions. The Hudson Park backs were full of running, but when their forwards began to wilt – they were badly disrupted by injuries in the second half – they battled to see much of the ball. Jeppe needed a last gasp penalty on to beat Ben Vorster 29-26 on Thursday, and beat Marlow 23-17 in their second outing.
13:30 Marlow 27-26 Ben Vorster
The most exciting clash on day three was between Ben Vorster and Marlow. Marlow led 1412 at halftime and was 26-12 ahead halfway through the second half. Marlow then staged a concerted late effort and scored two tries to close the gap to two points. A last-minute penalty by Jason Mulder won the game for them, 27-26, and they go home with two wins under their belt.
14:45 King Edward 18-8 Northwood
King Edward VII School ended off the 2018 Standard Bank Easter Rugby Festival off on a high note with an 18-8 win over a big and physical Northwood Boys’ High School in Saturday’s final fixture. Northwood beat Muir comfortably on day one, and ran the impressive Ben Vorster close on day two, and was expected to give the hosts a stern test, which they did in the end. KES got off to a good start via two penalties by flyhalf Reece Botha and a try by eigthman Lindokuhle Ncusane, to lead 13-0. They were made to defend on many occasions in the half but held out and Northwood’s only points came from a penalty by Cameron Miller.
The Durban side came out strongly in the second half and dominated the early stages, getting a try by lock Pepyn Honing to close the gap to 13-8, but KES took control in the latter part of the game and scrumhalf Nicholas Harris darted over for a try following some strong forward play. The win gave KES two wins out of three – their loss was to Wynberg Boys’ High on Saturday – a decent start to the season that lies ahead.
31 March 2018
09:00 Muir 3-48 Noordheuwel
This should be an exciting game with two evenly matched sides, with two very contrasting styles of play. Noordheuwel very structured while Muir like all Eastern Cape sides loves to run with the ball. Muir by a small margin against an underperforming Noordheuwel.
10:15 Ben Vorster 38-28 Northwood
With both sides having impressive forwards we can expect a major clash up front but I do feel that the pack of Ben Vorster are the better conditioned side. Expect the second half to be a high scoring one with the side in charge of the front exchanges an easy winner, Ben Vorster to win.
11:30 Marais Viljoen 23-22 Hudson Park
Hudson Park caught the eye with their all-out running style. They have exciting back aplenty and when they began spreading the ball in the second half against Eldoraigne, Eldoraigne could not contain them. Marais Viljoen plays a very structured game while maybe overcoached, preventing the boys to play the game in front of them. Hudson Park should win this one.
Hudson Park staged a late comeback to beat Marais Viljoen by a single point, 23-22, in an exciting counter. The East London side has made plenty of friends at the KES Festival this year with their exciting brand of attacking rugby and, after looking well beaten by Marais Viljoen’s solid forward pack in the first half, they turned a 17-8 halftime deficit into a narrow win. They scored three second-half tries to one by the Alberton side, and then defended heroically as they had everything thrown at them in the final few minutes.
12:45 Eldoraigne 22-12 Westville
Westville will fancy their chances against a struggling Eldoraigne especially after their performance against KES. Westville should win with ease.
14:00 Jeppe 21-13 Marlow
Marlow overpowered Marais Viljoen on Thursday and would expect to do the same against Jeppe. Jeppe maybe not performing as expected by their supporters do heavily depend on the superstar, captain, Muzi Manyike who saved them several times already with his personal brilliance. Against Marlow, they will need more than one player to perform as Marlow plays a 15 man rugby, structured but still allowed to display some individual brilliance. Could this end Jeppe's undefeated season? Maybe just.
Jeppe had to dig deep to beat a plucky Marlow. They led 14-13 at the break, thanks to tries by Jordan Coetzee and Michael de Kock, both converted by Muzi Manyike. Marlow got a try through Troy Delport and their fullback, Troy Jacobs slotted two penalties, but that was to be their last scoring in the game. Jeppe’s Boituleo Tstatsane got a late try, converted by Manyike to make the game safe for them.
15:15 KES 17-23 Wynberg
Wynberg showed their true class in the second half running Noordheuwel of their feet BUT to be honest they did play against Noordheuwel which is not considered as a rugby school in Gauteng, although they do invest a lot of effort to be recognised as one. KES who had to fight hard to win against Westville is a quality side which should test Wynberg 100%. Saturday’s late clash between King Edward and Wynberg is going to be a cracker between two of the most impressive sides on view on day one with KES the favourite due to home ground advantage.
King Edward was up against Wynberg Boys’ High, probably the most impressive side on display this year, and they gave a good account of themselves, getting to within one score of winning in the end. They gave away too many penalties, however, and they were unable to penetrate a solid Wynberg defence.
KES more than held their own up front against a big Wynberg pack and their backs, with centre Ambrin Snyders standing out, made plenty of yards, without too much reward. It was two tries apiece in the end, but KES’ indiscipline cost them and the three penalties slotted by Wynberg’s De Livio Van Wyk were the difference.
The KES tries were scored by Ngia Selengbe and Reece Botha, with Botha also kicking a penalty and two conversions. For Wynberg Mika Schubert and Liam Lotz touched down and Van Wyk added the kicks.
29 March 2018
Day one ends on a double high note – written by Theo Garrun
The best was saved for last on the first day of the Standard Bank King Edward VII School Easter
Rugby Festival, with the hosts beating Westville Boys’ High 28-20 and Jeppe scraping home 29-26
over Ben Vorster in the last two games of the day.
The earlier clashes were all rather one-sided, so two exciting, close clashes at the end were
welcomed by the large crowd, and they were both high-quality contests.
KES were rocked by an early try by Westville but got the next two touchdowns to lead 14-7 before
Westville scored just before the break and the sides changed ends 14-12 up.
The second half was closely contested, both sides scored one try, with Westville flyhalf Kyle Forsyth
slotting a drop goal and his KES counterpart, Reece Botha, kicking two penalties to make the game
Both teams played attractive, running rugby. They were well matched up front, and both sets of
backs squandered several chances, but in all, it was an entertaining spectacle and a good start to the
festival for the Reds.
Jeppe’s captain, Muzi Manyike slotted an injury-time penalty to snatch victory for Jeppe after they
were 26-14 down at one stage and looked like they were going down to an impressive Ben Vorster
side. Manyike was the difference between the teams in the end. He scored two second-half tries and
was a handful for the Ben Vorster defence throughout. The Tzaneen side dominated the forward
exchanges and looked in control for long periods, but they had no answer for Manyika's flair.
Earlier, Hudson Park caught the eye with their all-out running style. They have exciting back aplenty
and when they began spreading the ball in the second half, the markedly bigger Eldoraigne side had
no answer and they saw a 21-14 halftime lead turn into a 47-16 defeat as the East Londoners
outscored them by five tries to one.
In game one, Marlow beat Marais Viljoen 39-10. Their Claude Jacobs had a blinder, scoring 29 points
via three tries, two penalties and four conversions and was one of the standout players on view on
The Northwood vs Muir College clash was a lop-sided affair. Muir had no answer to the very big
Northwood pack and hardly saw the ball. In the end, Northwood scored tries, five of them in the
second half when Muir’s defence crumbled.
The Wynberg vs Noordheuwel clash produced an identical 50-7 deadline, with Wynberg getting
seven tries in a great display of controlled rugby. Noordheuwel had the bigger pack, but they wilted
in the mid-day sun and Wynberg ran them off their feet in the latter stages of the game.
Saturday’s late clash between King Edward and Wynberg is going to be a cracker between two of the
most impressive sides on view on day one, while Jeppe’s matchup with Marlow will feature two of
day one’s winners who play a similar style of rugby. It will be an intriguing contest.
Marlow 39-10 Marais Viljoen
Northwood 50-7 Muir College
Wynberg 50 - 7 Noordheuwel
Hudsonpark 47-26 Eldoraigne
King Edward 28-20 Westville 20
Jeppe 29-26 Ben Vorster