Wit Bulle’s abrasive return from Kearsney

Monnas flank and try scorer Tristan Dullisear breaks through Dale College's defence, securing a win for the Wit Bulle. Photo: Submitted.

A highly successful 10th Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival in Hillcrest wrapped up with only three teams, including the Monnas Wit Bulle, remaining unbeaten at the festival. The names of the four players who each received bursaries to the Sharks Academy were also announced.

Hoërskool Noord-Kaap from Kimberley won the new Standard Bank Trophy for the most attractive play at the festival, while Monument, Glenwood High from Durban and HTS Drostdy from Worcester won all their matches.

Monument won their games against Dale College from King William’s Town (33–16), HTS Middelburg (35–8) and Selborne College from East London (19–12). Glenwood was victorious against Hoërskool Framesby from Port Elizabeth (21–10), Dr EG Jansen from Boksburg (24–19) and Hoërskool Noord-Kaap (25–20). Festival newcomers HTS Drostdy beat hosts Kearsney (45–17), Queen’s College from Queenstown-Komani (31–14) and Pretoria Boys High (22–5).

Recipients of the bursaries were Selborne College’s eighth man Adam Mountfort and fullback Jason Raubenheimer, Hoërskool Framesby’s fullback Lindsay Potgieter and Dale College’s centre Siphamandla Matsinya. They will be joined by Dale captain Aphelele Fassi who won a bursary last year, but was unable to take it up until 2018 since he was only in Grade 11 at the time. 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 learners from across the country had produced some excellent rugby at the festival.

“The competition out there increases each year, so it’s a reflection of 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.”

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

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 match, the last one 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.

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