Five of last year’s top 20-ranked teams and two international sides will attend the 22nd annual St John’s festival.
St John’s will host the 22nd instalment of their world-renowned Eastern festival this year. Of the four big festivals across the country, St John’s attracts the most prominent teams every year. Apart from the hosts, Paul Roos will maintain their 100% attendance record at the festival, where South Africa’s undisputed No 1-ranked side, Paarl Boys’, will also feature. All the matches will be live-streamed.
Five schools that finished in the top 20 national rankings last season, will play at the St John’s festival. Additionally, two international teams, St John’s from Harare and a combined high-school team from Melbourne accepted the invitation to compete against South Africa’s premier sides. The guests from Australia, together with Florida High and Eye of the Tiger Academy, will complete the 12-team lineup after Monument, the Lions XV and Viadana (Italy) pulled out of the 2017 event.
MATCHES TO WATCH
There are plenty of classic clashes to feast your senses over the course of the three days, but Paul Roos taking on Nelspruit will be the main game on day one. A contest between teams ranked 12th and 17th respectively last season should make for compelling viewing.
On day two, the inter-provincial independent schools rivalry between St John’s and Hilton takes centre stage. However, the most anticipated match at the event, and quite possibly the biggest at all four festivals, will see Paarl Boys’ clash with arch-rivals Affies in the last game of day three.
Day 1 (13 April)
Helpmekaar vs St John’s Harare (12:15)
Paarl Boys’ vs Eye of the Tiger (13:30)
Parktown vs Combined High School (Australia) (14:45)
Affies vs Hilton (16:45)
Paul Roos vs Nelspruit (18:00)
St John’s vs Florida (19:15)
Day 2 (15 April)
Nelspruit vs Eye of the Tiger (08:45)
St John’s Harare vs Parktown (10:00)
Affies vs Florida (11:15)
St John’s vs Hilton (13:30)
Combined High School (Australia) vs Paarl Boys’ (14:45)
Paul Roos vs Helpmekaar (16:00)
Day 3 (17 April)
St John’s Harare vs Hilton (09:00)
Combined High School (Australia) vs Florida (10:15)
Parktown vs Paul Roos (11:30)
St John’s vs Eye of the Tiger (13:30)
Nelspruit vs Helpmekaar (14:45)
Paarl Boys’ vs Affies (16:00)