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Monday, 12 April 2010 09:54

Westville Boys Clean Up At KES 2010!

Over the Easter weekend Westville Boys' High School travelled up to Johannesburg to take part in the annual KES Easter Rugby Festival. Having come off two very good wins against Kearsney and Northwood, and an extensive pre-season program, the Westville boys were well prepared for the rigours of a tough tournament that would see them play 3 games in just 5 days.

The opening game for Westville saw them match up against Rondebosch Boys High School, a team that beat them at the very same festival last year. Westville were obviously very keen to set the record straight and from the first whistle looked to take control through a powerful forward performance and some pinpoint tactical kicking. Rondebosch had no answer to the speed and control that the Westville team were playing with and soon found themselves fighting to get back into the game. Ntando Mpungose, Tyler Fisherand Justin Foord all crossed the try line to ensure a Westville victory while Duncan Campbell converted 3 of the tries and kicked 2 penalties to take the score to 28-9 at full time.

Saturday saw Westville play a touring team from Italy, Viadana Rugby Club, who were invited by KES to take part in the prestigious festival. Viadana Rugby Club has a proud rugby history having produced several Italian international rugby players and are currently ranked 3rd in the Italian rugby leagues. The game, however, proved to be a complete mismatch with Westville once again asserting their dominance throughout the early exchanges. Viadana lacked the fighting spirit that could have seen them come back into the game and it was only through excellent discipline and execution of their game plan that Westville were able to take advantage of this. The final score was 43-0 with tries from Thando Mpungose, Luke Cotterill, Brandon Backeberg, Duncan Campbell, Tyler Fisher and Shaun Foden (2). Campbell converted 4 of the tries.

The final game of the tournament for Westville was against St Benedicts College. Conditions were not ideal for both teams with Joburg having had heavy rains. The field was slippery under foot and the ball was difficult to control but, once again, it was Westville who made better use of these conditions. They kept the ball close to their forwards and kicked accurately into corners which placed continued pressure on the opposition. The unrelenting pressure deep in St Benedict's half paid of for Westville with Thando Mpungose being rewarded with 2 tries and Tyler Fisher finishing off with one for himself. Duncan Campbell converted 2 tries and also kicked a penalty to take the final score to 22-0.

Westville were clearly one of the top teams at the festival and reinforced their place amongst the top playing rugby schools in the country, especially considering that they did not concede a try against them in all 3 games. Their play can only be described as controlled and disciplined with all their players carrying out their game plan with great accuracy. Although the whole team deserves all the credit for the results, special mention must be made of Duncan Campbell and Brandon Backeberg who put in some notable individual performances throughout the weekend.

This weekend Hilton College play host to Westville Boys High School in what is sure to be an exciting game of rugby. With the power and physical dominance of the Westville team up against the speed and running game of the Hilton side this game is set to be an epic encounter.

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