South Africa’s oldest schools festival has four new participants this year.
The St Stithians Easter Rugby Festival began in 1984, and was the first schools rugby festival in South Africa. It later grew to include six other sporting codes, including hockey, tennis and netball. It is also the largest schools rugby festival in the country.
THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS
There are four new participants this year – Helpmekaar Kollege, Maritzburg College, Schoonspruit and Windhoek HS have made way for Bishops, DHS, Graeme College and Westville. There are two schools from the top-20 ranked schools of 2015, namely Michaelhouse and Grey High School.
MATCHES TO WATCH
Pretoria Boys’ take on St Andrew’s on day one, while the second day’s biggest game will be Pretoria Boys’ vs Michaelhouse. Day three will see the two top-20 ranked schools, Michaelhouse and Grey High, tackle each other.
HE SAID IT
‘We have 12 quality sides competing this year and we expect quality rugby. We will be happy if the teams score good tries and entertain the crowd. We are expecting more than 20 000 people who will support the festival and the rugby, and we are excited to showcase rugby of a high standard to the public.’ – St Stithians director of rugby Freddie Grobler
Day 1 (24 March)
Clifton vs St Alban’s (09:45)
DHS vs Bishops (11:00)
St Stithians vs Graeme (12:15)
Pretoria Boys’ vs St Andrew’s (13:30)
Michaelhouse vs Wynberg (14:45)
Westville vs Grey High (16:00)
Day 2 (26 March)
Clifton vs College (09:45)
St Andrew’s vs St Alban’s (11:00)
Grey High vs Bishops (12:15)
Pretoria Boys’ vs Michaelhouse (13:30)
Wynberg vs Westville (14:45)
Old Stithian Association Sevens vs DHS Old Boys Sevens (16:00)
St Stithians vs DHS (16:30)
Day 3 (28 March)
DHS vs St Andrew’s (08:45)
Graeme vs Pretoria Boys’ (10:00)
Wynberg vs St Alban’s (11:15)
St Stithians vs Clifton (12:30)
Michaelhouse vs Grey High (13:45)
Bishops vs Westville (15:00)
Compiled by Lea-Ann van der Merwe
Photo: St Stithians