After yet another Easter Weekend where schoolboy rugby fanatics were spoilt for choice, St John's once again proved why they are the standard with which the success of other Festivals is measured. Unfortunately for rugby but great for our farmers' rain spoilt the end of day two and most part of day three.
What could we learn?
The Combined New South Wales team is a definite option for the World Schools Festival. Although their opponents were not the best on display they showed that they were much better prepared than at previous festivals and in line with their u/18 Australian national team this team's forwards was a definite "improvement" regarding size and physicality.
Paarl Boishaai was on an Easter holiday only Nelspruit that made them sweat just a little bit. But from what we could see they are improving a lot since the start of the season.
Nelspruit is not as bad as we all expected especially with their game against Stellenberg (13-5) which they admittingly did loose but they showed they will definately not be easy prey for the VirSeker Cup schools. The fight in their hears still carry them past the fat ladies last note.
Helpmekaar showed against Stellenberg that those who write them off after their Affies mishap is in for a big and nasty surprise. Against St Alban's Helpmekaar tested a lot of players in new positions and one could not read much in their "struggle" against St Alban's.
Stellenberg again showed that their no more a wannabee but deserves their spot amongst the best rugby schools in the country. A powerful pack of forwards with the brilliant Nivan Peterson directing the orchestra form number ten.
St John's was a bit of a surprise for me but their two wings always willing to run at the tryline. A much better side than the class of 2018.
Noordheuwel is going to struggle in 2019, they are going to struggle.
Our team of the Festival was selected with the help of a few retards, but one must accept that easy wins and losses made the selection a very difficult exercise.
Team of the Festival: 1. Rhynhardt Rhijnsburger (Paarl Boishaai), 2. Chyle van Zyl (Nelspruit), 3. Sebastiaan Lombaard (Paarl Boishaai), 4. Ewan Roode (Paarl Boishaai) 5. Mika Cowley (Stellenberg), 6. Tyler Skudder (Helpmekaar), 7. Eon van Der Berg (Nelspruit), 8. Sergio Moreira (Noordheuwel), 9. Tinashe Gowere (Lions XV), 10. Kian Meadon (Paarl Boishaai), 11. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Helpmekaar), 12. Tyler Bocks (Paarl Boishaai), 13. Quan Horn (Paarl Boishaai), 14. Shaun Matsane (Lions XV), 15. Tarquin Manuel (Stellenberg). Replacements: 16. Allister Williams (Paarl Boishaai), 17. Bradley Engelbrecht (Noordheuwel), 18. Ntokoza Dlamini (St John's), 19. Simon Muller (St Alban's), 20. Ruan Nortje (Helpmekaar), 21. Zander du Toit (Helpmekaar), 22. Conwill Conradie (Stellenberg), 23. Nivan Peterson (Stellenberg), 24. Javier Farmer (Paarl Boishaai), 25.Divan Esterhuizen (Helpmekaar)