Boishaai's unbeaten run halted by Jaguares
WORLD SCHOOL FESTIVAL WRAP: It was a little cooler on Day 2 for Paarl Boys' High's Festival in celebration of their 150th birthday. But the rugby remained more of the same.
For many, it was a time of dehydration and defeat.
The big defeat was that of Paarl Boys' High at the hands of the Argentinian Under-18 team. It was Boys' High's first defeat in South Africa since 2014 and follows three seasons without defeat at home and just one abroad - against Christchurch Boys' High.
Despite the defeat of the top South African School side, the South Africans extended their lead in the Oakland World Schools Festival Cup - a Ryder Cup-style contest between South Africa and the Rest of the World.
The format ensures that each match counts, where two points will count towards a win and a draw are worth one point.
The home sides lead the competition 16-4 so far in the tournament.
The week-long festival features some of the most promising schoolboy talents from around the globe.
All the action of Day Two:
Glenwood vs Italian All-Stars, 53-10
The Italians were brave and determined and, despite being beaten for possession, actually led 10-6 after 20 minutes.
But they could not keep defending, and eventually, the heat and flagging spirit contributed to another big defeat.
The most dispiriting action was probably the three minutes in the first half when Glenwood scored 21 points.
When the score was 10-6, the Italians, coached by Polla Roux, had scored two tries to two penalties by Jaden Hendrikse, Glenwood's outstanding scrumhalf who was at Craven Week last year.
Despite all his abilities and experience, Hendrikse fell for an Italian trick
Hendrikse kicked a penalty. Then a chipped kick, a tapped penalty and another chip produced a try for right wing Nicola Rizzotti, and the Italian All-Stars led 5-3.
Hendrikse kicked another penalty to restore Glenwood's lead at 6-5. Then there was a scrum to Glenwood. Hendrikse fed the scrum, Glenwood heeled and Hendrikse picked up the ball to pass to his right. Crouched, he pulled the ball back slightly to pass it, but the All-Stars scrumhalf with the unusual Italian name of Heinrich van der Watt was behind Hendrikse and grabbed the ball out of Hendrikse's grasp and sped off for a thief if a try. 10-6 to Italy.
Glenwood were enjoying a plethora of possession but found the All-Stars' defence tough to crack. But the went through many phases and eventually gave prop Thabiso Mdletshe an overlap. He headed for the goal-line, swerved past a defender and scored far out. Hendrikse converted. 13-10 to Glenwood after 25 minutes.
from the kick-off, Hendrikse tried a clearing kick which was partially charged. Aaron le Roux, right wing, was put onside by the charge, grabbed the ball and raced over 60 metres to score. 20-10 after 26 minutes.
Two minutes later fleetfooted, elusive Siyanda Cele scored on the left. 27-10 after 28 minutes - enough to break stout hearts.
Early in the second half elusive Cele beat three defenders and gave inside for a try by Hendrikse. 34-10.
Glenwood scored three more tries by Conan le Fleur, who played for SA Schools last year, burly George Luzolo and a clever chip and score by substitute scrumhalf Carlo Cloete
Tries: Thabiso Mdletshe, Aaron le Roux, Siyanda Cele, Conan le Fleur, Jaden Hendrikse, George Luzolo, Carlo Cloete
Cons: Jaden Hendrikse 5, Rynhardt Jonker
Pens: Jaden Hendrikse 2
For Italian All-Stars:
Tries: Nicola Rizzotti, Heinrich van der Watt
Referee; Sinethemba Mrulwa
Paarl Gim vs Rhinos, 84-7
The play between scores may just have suggested that this score flattered Paarl Gim and that the difference between the two teams was the Paarl side's straight running, multitudinous support and their physicality.
Some of the Californians had been involved in fewer months of rugby than the years of their opponents. But there was no doubting their willingness. Down 70-0 after an hour's play, they scored a try, tapping two penalties and going through phases till scrumhalf Austin Kikuchi slammed the ball down for a try.
At half-time, Paarl Gim led 42-0.
The referee for this match was Jonathan Kaplan, who in his heyday was the world's most capped Test referee.
For Paarl Gim:
Tries: Juan Wilson 2, Marco van Rhyn, Jurie Mathee, Stephan du Toit 2, Jacques Möller 2, penalty try, Rikus Brand, Tiaan Visser, Gerhard van Niekerk
Cons: Jurie Mathee 11 + two points from a penalty try
Try: Austin Kikuchi
Con: Austin Kikuchi
Hilton vs African-Pacific Dragons, 35-24
At last a match. Two well-matched sides played a match of exciting rugby. It was a match that could have gone either way.
At last, there was a team that could match a South African team physically.
There are teams at the tournament who have, apparently played little rugby so early in the season. The opposite may be true for Hilton whose fourth match in seven days this was.
Before the match, the Dragons worked themselves up with a haka that became the All Blacks kamate as they advanced up to the Hilton players in challenge.
The Dragons' line-outs did not work as one would have expected by a team coached by Victor Matfield, the greatest line-out exponent of his day. But they could tackle, ruck and run with the ball. Hilton scored first when scrumhalf Gareth Schreuder popped a penalty kick over. 3-0 after two minutes.
Hilton were hot on the attack when the Dragons' centre, Kingi Herewini intercepted and ran 75 metres to score a try, which he converted.
A Matfield dodge got the next try. A penalty gave the Dragons a five-metre line-out. They split it and Oliver Hilton-Jones ran in to catch the ball in the middle of the split and barge over for the try. 12-3.
Strong Mark Armstrong of Hilton then scored a brilliant try, breaking in midfield and racing away for the try.
That made the score 12-8 at half-time.
Early in the second half, a Dragons' handling movement seemed to have broken down when wing Joe Lesa picked up the bouncing ball, bashed past two defenders and scored in the right corner. 17-8.
Then it was Hilton's turn to take over the match with a penalty by Schreuder and a hat-trick of tries by burly loose forward Niaan Taljaard who had come on as a substitute. His first two tries took Hilton to a 25-17 lead.
Then the Dragons counterattacked and a try by Andrew Edwards brought the score to 25-24.
Then Taljaard's third try from a tapped penalty during a long Hilton attack made the score 32-24. The last penalty goal ended the scoring at 35-24.
Tries: Mark Armstrong, Niaan Taljaard 3
Cons: Gareth Schreuder 3
Pens: Gareth Schreuder 3
For the African-Pacific Dragons:
Tries: Kingi Herewini, Oliver Hilton-Jones, Andrew Edwards
Cons: Kingi Herewini 2
Hartpury vs Affies, 26-15
At last, the tournament is no longer one-sided. After six wins for South African school, there this man overseas victory as Hartpury of Gloucester beat Affies of Pretoria, scoring four tries to two.
Not only did the Hartpury forwards stand up to Affies, they got the better of them in all but the scrummaging.
Hartpury are a team playing at the end of their season, and clearly are a settled, well-organised team, vigorous in the tackle and strong support. They could continue without panic when their flyhalf. Joe Winfield went off injured.
Two tries gave Hartpury a 12-0 lead the first before three minutes were up and they produced an overlap for Piers Hamer. The second came when they won a line-out and went wide right where flank Bailey Watts scored. 12-0.
Affies actually bundled over the Hartpury line but were held up. But they got on the scoreboard through a try by Stephin Alberts.
At half-time, Hartpury led 12-5.
Affies scored a converted try and then a penalty to lead 15-12, but only briefly.
The try was a splendid one as Jason Scheepers sped down the right wing for the try. Regardt Roets's conversion and penalty got Affies the lead.
But back came Hartpury and at 129-15 Affies needed a try to win as time ran out.
They were hammering at Hartpury when Josh Phipps intercepted and raced away through empty acres to score a try which Dan Coles converted.
Hartpury deserved their win.
tries: Piers Hamer, Bailey Watts, Joe Howard, Josh Phipps
Cons: Joe Winfield, Dan Cole 2
Tries: Stephan Alberts, Jason Scheepers
Con: Regardt Roets
Pen: Regardt Roets
Referee: Pierre Rogers
Jaguares vs Paarl Boys' high, 19-10
At last Paarl Boys' High 1st XV have been beaten in South Africa and that at on its own ground and in its own festival.
Some will count the defeat and some will not, because the team that beat them was not another school but Argentina's national Under-18 side.
Boishaai scored two tries to one but lost out to the Jaguares's excellent kicker, who judged the breeze to perfection.
The big Argentinian pack was their main weapon. They were strong and really well organised in every facet if play.
The Jaguares were first to attack and were close when their right wing was tackled out at the corner post.
They stayed on the attack and when the home side was penalised in front of their posts, the scrumhalf tapped darted and passed inside to the inside centre, who scored. The flyhalf converted. 7-0.
The flyhalf kicked the first of four penalty goals, and it was 10-0.
Trent Sivertsen then scored a magnificent try. He broke well inside his own half and opportunity opened up for him as he raced on his swerving run of some 60 metres to score midway out. He missed the conversion
The Jaguares goaled a second penalty and Boys' High scored their second try, again a thrilling one as Javier Farmer came off his left wing at great speed, beat startled defenders and scored on the right-hand side of the posts.
That made the half-time score 13-10.
There was no lack of effort in the second half but only two penalty goals to show for all the striving. There was no lack of effort in the second half but only two penalty goals to show for all the striving. The nearest anybody came to scoring was the Jaguares lock (4) who was over under the Paarl posts but the excellently positioned referee decided that he was held up.
Try: Joaquín Oviedo
Con: Exequiel Allegre Chedied
Pens: Exequiel Allegre Chedied 4
*These are the names given but they do not accord with the list announced by the Argentinian Rugby Union on http://uar.com.ar/2018/04/02/argentina-m18-lista-dispuesta-paarl/
For Paarl Boys' High:
Tries: Trent Sivertsen, Javier Farmer.
Referee: Nathan Swart
Grey College vs Christchurch, 66-28
The speed at which Grey played blew the highly-rated New Zealanders away.
At the end of the first 12 minutes, Grey led 26-0. Give credit to Christchurch they did not fold but came back four tries of their own.
The score at half-time was 45-21.
Christchurch scored first in the second half and despite their attacking it took Grey 24 minutes before they scored their first second-half points, and then two of their three tries in the second half came from intercepts.
For Grey College:
Tries: De Wet Marais 3, Franco Smith, Ian Small-Smith 2, Wyclef Vlitoor 2, Werner Gouws, George Cronjé
Cons: Zander du Plessis 8*
* One conversion, in front of the posts, was charged down - a rare occurrence.
For Christchurch Boys' High:
Tries: George Harding, Cullen Woody, Ryan Barnes, Corban Harding
Cons: Cullen Woody 4.
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Boland Landbou vs Napier (New Zealand), 59-26
Outeniqua vs St Ignatius (United States), 91-0
Oakdale vs Namibia XV, 67-7
Monument vs Cavaliers (Australia), 48-12
Glenwood 53-10 Italian All-Stars (Italy), 53-10
Paarl Gim 84-7 Rhino Rugby (United States), 84-7
Hilton 35-24 AP Dragons (Pacific Islands), 35-24
Hantpury College (United Kingdom) vs Affies, 26-15
Jaguares (Argentina) vs Paarl Boys' High, 19-10
Grey College 66-28 Christchurch BHS (New Zealand), 66-28
Day 3, Friday, 6 April 2018
13.00: Oakdale Landbou vs St Ignatius (USA)
14.30: Glenwood vs Namibia XV
16.00: Outeniqua vs Italian All Stars
17.30: Monument vs Napier Boys' High (New Zealand)
19.00: Boland Landbou vs Cavaliers Rugby (Australia)
Day 4, Saturday, 7 April 2018
11:45: Hilton College vs Rhino Rugby (USA)
13:15: Paarl Gimnasium vs Jaguares (Argentina)
14:45: Grey College vs Hartpury College (England)
16:15: Affies vs Africa Pacific Dragons
17:45: Paarl Boys' High vs Christchurch Boys' High (New Zealand)
19:15: SA Legends vs Boishaai Legends