Mixed bag of results but BCM schoolboys shine at rugby fest

Four players get ticket to Sharks Academy

BREAKING THROUGH: Selborne captain and top point-scorer David Coetzer carries the ball through the defensive line of EG Jansen. The East Londoners won the match 46-19 Picture: TRACEY VAN DEN AARDWEG

BUFFALO City schools had mixed fortunes at the 10th Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival held over the weekend.

Selborne College won two and lost one of their matches, while Dale College from King William’s Town won one and lost two matches at the prestigious tournament.

Another highly successful Kearsney event wrapped up with three teams remaining unbeaten at the festival and the announcement of four players who each received bursaries to the Sharks Academy.

It was another good weekend for local players, with Selborne College eighthman Adam Mountfort and fullback Jason Raubenheimer, Hoerskool Framesby fullback Lindsay Potgieter and Dale College centre Siphamandla Matsinya.

BIG HONOUR: Three of the four Sharks Academy bursaries given out at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival were to pupils from Buffalo City. Managing director of the academy Etienne Fynn, far left, awarded the bursaries to, from second left, Dale College’s Apelele Fassi, Adam Mountfort (Selborne), Jason Raubenheimer (Selborne) and Siphamandla Matsinya (Dale) with Kearsney College headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg standing on the right Picture: TRACEY VAN DEN AARDWEG

They will be joined by Dale captain Aphelele Fassi, who won a bursary last year, but was unable to take it up until 2018 as he was then in Grade 11. Another Dale College centre Sibulele Mbane also won a bursary last year when Fassi won one. This includes a contract with the academy, accommodation and a tuition bursary with one of its education partners, valued at over R100 000 each.

In announcing the awards Etienne Fynn, managing director of the academy, said a great mix of schools from across the country had produced some excellent rugby at the festival.

DARTING DALIAN: Dale centre Siphamandla Matsinyas makes a sprint for the line to score a try against HTS Drostdy on day two. Dale lost a tight, exciting match 25-26

“The competition out there increases each year, so it’s a reflection on the standard of this festival that many of the schools keep returning,” he said.

“Noord-Kaap brought an outstanding brand of rugby, Monument was abrasive and direct, Glenwood rugby is smooth and well-oiled, Dale came with their usual verve and Framesby showed great character.”

Hoerkool Noord-Kaap won the newly presented Standard Bank trophy for the most attractive play at the festival; whilst local team Glenwood, HTS Drostdy from Worcester and Monument from Krugersdorp won all their fixtures over the weekend’s play.

ON A HIGH: Selborne full back Jason Raubenheimer goes airborne to catch the ball

Glenwood won their fixtures against Hoerskool Framesby (21-10), Dr EG Jansen (24-19) and Hoerskool Noord-Kaap ((25-20). Festival newcomers HTS Drostdy beat hosts Kearsney (45-17), Queen’s College (31-14) and Pretoria Boys (22-5) and Monument took their games against Dale (33-16), HTS Middelburg (35-8) and Selborne College (12-19).

Selborne and Kearsney College each won two of their three fixtures.

BARGING THROUGH: Dale eighthman Thandile Mpaneva forces his way through the tackles of Monument players

Selborne had gone into the last day unbeaten, but they were overpowered by Monument in the penultimate game of the festival. Selborne dominated territory for the first 10 minutes but were unable to keep the Krugersdorp outfit at bay.

Fittingly, hosts Kearsney won their second fixture, being the last game of the festival. The lead changed several times in their game against Queen’s College, back for the first time since 2009.

The three-day event was well supported with excellent crowds who enjoyed a high standard of competitive rugby. It was a successful event for organisers and major sponsors Standard Bank, Halfway Ford, Hendok and the Sharks Academy.

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY: Selborne centre Sibabalwe Xamlashe’s goes over for a try in the 58-5 mauling of Pretoria Boys High School Picture: TRACEY VAN DEN AARDWEG

RESULTS:

Day 1 – Thursday 13 April

Kearsney College – HTS Drostdy 17-45; Selborne College – Dr EG Jansen 46-19; Queen’s College – Pretoria Boys High 15-22; Hoërskool Monument – Dale College 33-16; Glenwood – Hoërskool Framesby 21-10; HTS Middelburg – Hoërskool Noord-Kaap 21-19

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Dale’s Andrico Johannes makes his long cross-field run in the narrow 21-22 loss to HTS Middelburg Picture: TRACEY VAN DEN AARDWEG

Day 2 – Saturday 15 April

Hoërskool Noord-Kaap – Queen’s College 31-14; Selborne College – Pretoria Boys High 58-5; Kearsney College – Hoërskool Framesby 23-0; Dr EG Jansen – Glenwood 19-24; Dale College – HTS Drostdy 25-26; Hoërskool Monument – HTS Middelburg 35-8

Day 3 – Monday 17 April HTS Drostdy – Pretoria Boys High 22-5; Hoërskool Framesby – Dr EG Jansen 29-21; HTS Middelburg – Dale College 21-22; Glenwood – Hoërskool Noord-Kaap 25-20; Selborne College – Hoërskool Monument 12-19; Kearsney College – Queen’s College 24-13

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