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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:37

Rugby: KES Easter Rugby Festival Preview

For the past 13 yeas King Edward VIII has hosted some of the top rugby playing schools from South Africa to their very well run Easter Rugby Festival and the 2014 edition promises to be a massive event.


KES Easter Rugby Festival 201412 teams will be at the KES Easter Festival and amongst them there are several teams that stand out as teams that have a great chance of finishing unbeaten. Grey High School from Port Elizabeth would be the obvious favorite to complete the festival without tasting defeat but they do have a difficult first hit out against Menlopark who will be confident of matching Grey and even upsetting the form book.

Coach Fenner Barnard will be well pleased with his team’s performance going into the festival as Grey High School have enjoyed a great start to their year with a few stunning wins against some strong opposition. Last week they showed that they have a tremendous amount of spirit to come from behind and snatch the victory against Paul Roos Gym when it was all but lost. Flanker and Captain of Grey High, Johann van Niekerk will need to motivate his team against Menlopark but if they can get over that potential speed bump they should have a fairly easy time in the remaining matches against Parktown and Rondebosch who have struggled to find their feet this season.

Menlopark however have shown that they have the firepower to take down a big team and their win against Paarl Gim this season has shown that. Captain Justin Meintjies will be relying on his very capable backline to puncture holes in the defence and the speed of their wingers Buys and Pienaar are up there with the best and they know their way to the tryline.

Marlow Landbou are also in the mix of teams that could be challenging to remain unbeaten although they have come unstuck this season against the stronger teams. Their opening match against Eldoraigne will be a tough one which could set the tone for how the festival pans out for both equally matched team.The hosts will also be hoping for a strong showing and their fixtures look like they will be tight affairs with Rondebosch and Queen's College eager to get their season back on course.

The KES Festival promises to be a great event and as the KES Sports Director, Eugene Marx says, “ these festivals are no longer used for preparing teams for the season ahead, but a tour d’ force where schools strut their stuff and impress spectators. Play hard, play fairly give your best and play to win.”

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