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Kearsney hosted Michaelhouse on a cold and drizzly afternoon which the hosts started with big intent and territorially dominated for the first 10 minutes.

Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:21

Rugby: Hilton College Adopts PinkDrive

This year, the match between Hilton College and Michaelhouse will be a little bit different due to the work of two students from Hilton College, Matthew Holding and Michael Salgado.

The Glenwood matches against Michaelhouse were played in torrential down pour and extremely cold conditions. Combine that with a bus drivers strike in Durban and time changes in the fixtures due to weather and you have many confused and nervous boys. The school pulled together and managed to make it work as best as possible. All the teams did well and it was great to see the ball still moving around in the wet weather.

Super-slick Affies make it three wins from three starts!

Day Two of the Maritzburg College 150th Festival was packed with brilliant rugby from start to finish. Check out the match reports from the day's play.

Match reports for the  150th Rugby Festival at Maritzburg College:

Glenwood's Director of Rugby at  Glenwood gives a summary of his teams performances at the Pukke Festival.

seGlenwood vs. Garsfontein

 It was a very physical start to the Pukke Festival for the Glenwood team as they took on Garsfontein Hoërskool from Pretoria. The physical approach caught the Glenwood team by surprise early on and the game turned into catch up rugby for most of the evening.

 Garsfontein took a big early lead after Glenwood kicked away possession and they turned it into points, twice. Slipping vital one on one tackles the Glenwood team were 0-15 down within the first 20 minutes. Garsfontein extended that lead with a further 2 tries with 7 minutes to go to half time. Glenwood now 0-29 down just before half time started putting phases together and showing some character managed to score 3 tries in that very short time before halftime to narrow the score to 19-29 at the halftime break. Tries were scored by Akhona Nela, Wandi Mazibuko and Corné Vermaak with Kyle Gerhard converting 2 of the 3 tries.


Second half the Glenwood team would rather forget as we slipped a total of 27 tackles in total throughout the whole game with most of them happening in the second half. Poor commitment and lack of experience gave Garsfontein another 3 tries in the second half to extend the lead by 19 - 48.Glenwood managed a try late in the second half to take the final score to 26 - 48. The last try was scored by Nklululeko Mcuma and converted by Kyle Gerhard.

 This is a young and probably the most inexperienced side we've had at first team level and they have a lot to learn as a team. There are no excuses for the poor technical aspects of the game but the boys are eager to improve and do their best, that's all we need.


Glenwood vs. Drostdy HTS


 After a very tough loss to Garsfontein and hard work on our off day the Glenwood boys were ready to face HTS Drostdy from Worcester (Cape Province). The team started brilliantly keeping the ball for long periods of attack and basically dominating possession. That all lead to an early 10 - 0 lead for Glenwood with Kyle Gerhard on target with a penalty and also scoring a great try that he converted. Drostdy launched big attacks with strong forward ball carriers but the Glenwood defence stood strong, a great improvement from the previous game. Drostdy was awarded a try when one of their players ran into his own player and spun out of the obstruction preventing the defence reaching him and scored, a clear obstruction was overseen by referee Tahla and Drostdy was back in the game, 10-7.Glenwood replied with a brilliant line break that centre Nkululeko Mcuma finished off by scoring under the poles to extend the lead to 17 - 7.On the stroke of half time the Drostdy fullback slotted a massive 60 metre kick to narrow the lead 17-10.


The second half started well with Glenwood left winger; Sphamandla Ngcobo out sprinting the field for a great try that Kyle Gerhard converted to extend the lead to 24 - 10. Glenwood let in 2 quick soft tries to allow Drostdy back into the game 24 - 22. Young prop Kenny van Niekerk crashed over from a close ruck to score a strong try that Kyle Gerhard once again converted 31 -22. Drostdy is a quality outfit that would never lie down and mauled from the line out to narrow the score to 31 - 29. With one and a half minutes left to play Glenwood was awarded a penalty 10 metre from the try line. What should have been an easy 3 points and surely a win for Glenwood as time was up turned into a nightmare as the Captain and team decided to run the ball. A tackle was made, the ball lost and the Drostdy winger ran all of 70 metres to score the try that would won them the game 31-34.


A very frustrating moment for the coaches and a very expensive lesson hopefully learnt by the team. We now have to bounce back and show that we are the talented and classy team as we have showed before at Kingspark Stadium against Framesby and College. There are a total of 6 players with previous experience in this team and they need to lead the other 17 talented team mates. I believe in the team and I believe we have the ability to do extremely well, from here its hard work, focus and faith in God and our God given talents as we get ready for 3 hard fixtures at the Kearsney Festival.

HOPE AND GLORY: Talent scouts, coaches and selectors will be eyeing Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival players who show the potential to play professional rugby in the near future.

In what will go down as one of the best games of the 2013 KwaZulu-Natal school rugby season, home team Kearsney College once again relied on a late try to seal victory against Glenwood, winning 26-25 and making it a second win in a row against Glenwood.

Pupils and coaches from top rugby playing schools in KwaZulu-Natal got a rare inside perspective on the one of the main ingredients behind The Sharks success when the Super Rugby team shared it's philosophy on the importance of team culture with the schoolboys and their coaches.

The ground-breaking drive by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) to start testing for steroid use in high schools in KwaZulu-Natal has been warmly welcomed by top rugby schools in the province, and enjoys the firm backing of the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union.

sasaa copySAIDS announced last month that a world-first programme of steroids testing has been launched in high schools in KwaZulu-Natal to deal with the problem of steroid use. The programme starts immediately and has been strongly backed by the Discovery SharkSmart programme at 20 top KwaZulu-Natal schools.

The SAIDS initiative has the full support of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), which sees it as a pilot programme to test for steroids at a junior level, where the complexities of protecting the rights and identities of minors adds numerous challenges to the drive to test for steroid use at schools.

The SAIDS programme is effectively and "opt-in" scheme that relies on the schools to nominate pupils to be tested purely for steroid use, with the cost of the screening being borne by SAIDS.

"We are at an advantage in KwaZulu-Natal because the Discovery SharkSmart programme has strong structures in place that are committed to dealing with the scourge of steroid use in high schools," said SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant at the programme launch at Kearsney College.

"We want to do 'smart testing' based on intelligence from the schools," he said.

Discovery SharkSmart director Dr. Glen Hagemann said the sanction guideline for any pupil testing positive for a steroid was a year ban from all sport and possible expulsion. He added that the imposition of sanctions will be left to each school to administer, but that SAIDS would closely monitor these processes and the sanctions handed down.

"There might be cases where deviations from the recommended sanctions can be justified," said Hagemann. "In the case of a pupil who does not play sport, then a sport ban would be pointless and, say, a sanction of community service might be more appropriate."

The move has been firmly endorsed by the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, saying that concrete steps to combat steroid use at high schools was a priority.

"We have known for some time now that steroid use at high schools is a problem, and we warmly welcome this initiative from SAIDS," said KZNRU CEO Pete Smith.

"It is a sensitive and delicate issue, and we urge the schools to take it seriously," he added. "The nature of this SAIDS programme relies on the integrity and conscientiousness of the high schools to be successful, and we urge the school heads and coaches to give this programme their full support."
Top rugby schools have unanimously backed the programme, and unanimous support has come from all the schools affiliated to the Discovery SharkSmart programme, for whom support of the SAIDS steroids testing is now a prerequisite to their annual accreditation.

"Glenwood High School supports the SAIDS initiative as it complements our school’s healthy living programme while also supporting the belief that we have in playing fair in all aspects of life," said Glenwood High School headmaster Trevor Kershaw.

Parents wanting to find out more about the SAIDS testing, and the associated drive to replace supplement use with correct sport diets, are welcome to attend the regional roadshows that will take place at Hilton College on March 12 at 6pm, at Northwood on April 18 and at Hillcrest High on May 2. For more info please contact Pippa Rowe on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 031 312 7506.

Photo: SharkSmart director Glen Hagemann (left), Khalid Galant, CEO of the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (centre), and Kearsney College Headmaster Elwynn an Aardweg (right).

Hilton College last week Friday named 2012 Craven Week Scrum-half and former Westville boy, Cameron Wright as their 2013 Captain and Christiaan Wiessing, who made a few appearances at Lock for the 2012 first team, as their vice-captain.  The Cameron Wrightboys are eagerly anticipating their Icebreaker with Westville next week Saturday and are hoping to come out on top and as they revenge for their one point loss in the heavy Midlands rain last year. 

A 50-man squad consisting of ten 2012 16A players and forty 2012 Grade elevens. Ten of those Grade elevens had already played first team. The 50-man squad began pre-season last year October! 


 It has since been cut down and The First team is looking prosperous:


1. P.Lee

2. D.Russell

3. A.Lee


5. J.Gouws

6. B.Dickerson

7. R.Baldwin

8. N.Maseko

9. C.Wright(Captain)

10. S.Purdon

11. A.Garcao 

12. T.Blewett

13. J.Richmond

14. M.Gunn

15. M.Dickerson

This team will be playing a warm-up match against Voortrekker. There is a buzz around the school with both staff and boys eager to see the rugby that will be played. With newly acquired lock Jayson Gouws, the agile KZN Academy A Number eight Nqobi Maseko, the hugely experienced Sharks u19 Scrumhalf Cameron Wright, the blitz wing Mark Gunn and Khubeka like Inside Centre and Grant Khomo 2012 inside centre Tristan Blewett the season is looking bright for the men in the Midlands!


Tuesday, 05 March 2013 08:44

Rugby: Match Report Glenwood v Framesby

It was an exciting start to Glenwood High Schools Rugby campaign on Saturday as they got their season off to an exciting start against formidable opponents Framesby from Port Elizabeth. The match was the curtain raiser for the Sharks verse Stormers game and thoroughly entertained the crowds from the kick off.


glen v FramGlenwood scored a few seconds from the kick off where some good work from the Glenwood centres A Nela and N Mcuma saw Glenwood open up a 5 point gap against the visitors. Framesby were never out the game and some strong attacking play saw them receive three penalties which resulted in them taking the lead 9 points to 5. Some Good work from Glenwoods 8th man J Coetzee and Fullback M Joubert allowed winger S Ngcobo to dart through for the second try of the match. Scrumhalf K Gerhard converted the try giving Glenwood a 12 -9 lead at half time.


After the break it was Glenwood who came out refreshed and a lot more focused. It was  Nela who again created some space and allowed lock Harmsworth to crash over the line. This was followed up by a quality line out and rolling maul which saw R Kay score for the Green Machine. Gerhard again converted making the score 26 -12 in Glenwood’s favour. Framesby however were not prepared to give up and counted strongly scoring two tries in the closing minutes. Fortunately for Glenwood the Framesby number 10 E Stapelberg who had an excellent game, missed the final conversion to allow Glenwood to claim a nail biting 24-26 victory.

Monday, 12 November 2012 08:32

Rugby: The Kriel Twins- Jesse & Dan

This is not another article about Jesse Kriel. It’s not an opportunity to comment on his incomparable conditioning, increasingly daunting reputation or startling performances at Craven Week. This is the story of the Kriel twins and a reminder that in the increasingly brutal world of modern-day rugby, unfortunate circumstances sometimes write their own scripts.


16-year old Morné Joubert was named the Player of the Tournament at the @lantic 7’s tournament which was held at Glenwood, Saturday, 18 August 2012.


While Maritzburg College and Affies Interschools only started in 1996, this has become one of the most eagerly-awaited matches in the schoolboy rugby calendar given the rich rugby history and heritage of both schools.

Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Hilton College Dean of Sports: Shane Gaffney


Shane Gaffney, taking Hilton College sport to a new level

AFTER two decades in the teaching game, Hilton College’s Dean of Sports and Co-Curricular, Shane Gaffney, knows his business.

Is this the best spelling ever?


Friday, 30 March 2012 09:24

The Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival

It may be the Easter weekend, but Kearsney College will be preparing for the arrival of several hundred of the country’s top schoolboy rugby players, their coaches and families, as well as several thousand supporters of schoolboy rugby as they flock to the fifth anniversary of the prestigious Kearsney Easter Schools Rugby festival which is set to kick off on April 5, 2012 on Stott Field.

Monday, 12 March 2012 11:06

Glenwood v Westville: Who is the victim?


It was always going to be a tough encounter for both sides and the narrow victory margin perhaps indicates how close these two sides are. However swords were crossed even before the first whistle was heard which could not have been the best way for either side to prepare for one of their biggest matches of the season.

In the March 2010 edition of this publication, we brought the numerous talents of Tyler Fisher to the attention of the country.

The ninth tournament of the @lantic 7's series moved to Glenwood High in Durban  last Saturday, 20 August 2011. The first match kicked-off at 08:30 with the Cup final being played at 16:00 and from the start is was a hotly contested tournament.

Keep up to date with all the rugby that is taking place from around the country as the scores come in from the fields.Send us your scores and reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , FACEBOOK or TWITTER.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 20:10

Steroid Scandal at Craven Week!

Rugby: Cape Town - Doping control tests have revealed that schoolboys as young as 17 years old participating in the recent Craven Week schools rugby tournament, have tested positive for anabolic steroids and could face bans of up to two years from sport.

The Boys' High School All-Americans (HSAAs) played against  Glenwood High School in the second game of their four-match South African tour on Saturday, 23 July 2011.

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