Grey High school rugby festival: Kwazulu-Natal schools have mixed fortunes
27 Mar 2012
THERE was an exodus of six of the top KZN rugby-playing schools to the Eastern Cape at the end of last week. This was to participate in the Powerade Grey High Festival in Port Elizabeth. The first day last Saturday saw a mixed set of results from the locals.
Eleven matches were scheduled on the first day, but not all of the 22 schools involved play all three matches. The second day, yesterday, saw nine games and the last day tomorrow sees just five games. Kearsney and Westville will not play on the last day because they are playing in the Kearsney Festival starting on April 5.
On the first day a torrential downpour with strong winds caused one game to be cancelled completely and the other called off at half-time. Both these were on the B field where the drainage is not good. The main field continued through, as the drainage is better.
It was the match between Maritzburg College and Marlow Landbou where the ground had become a lake. College in the first half were playing into the gale-force wind and they struggled to get out of their half as Marlow kept them pinned. Early in the half, College’s Jesse Kriel succeeded with a penalty, but Marlow replied with a penalty and towards the end of the half scored a try which they converted. When the referee called the match off at the break Marlow led 10-3.