SuperSport Schools Plus | U18 private schools rugby festival ends on a high note

The U18 Independent Schools Festival showcased young rugby talent from across the country. Over the last few days, the teams have battled it out on the field, showing exceptional skill, determination and sportsmanship.

Kearsney remained unbeaten at the Independent Schools Festival for under-18s, securing a 26-7 victory over St. David’s Marist Inanada, who had also been unbeaten until this match. Kearsney’s Nhlanhla Ndlovu scored two goals, put his team in the lead and ended the close game.

The Bulls Development XV fell short to Hilton College despite both sides scoring their first points in the second half, with the score at half time 0-0 and everything still to play for. Rukudzo Madinga scored for Hilton, who was converted by the connector John Grubbwho extended his converted penalty. The final score was 10:7 for Hilton College.

Cornwall lost narrowly to St Andrew’s College by just seven points, with the final score going to the Eastern Cape team 19-7. Cornwall, the smaller of the two schools, will take a lot from their performance against several top schools during the festival. St Andrew’s were awarded the only penalty try of the festival, adding to the tries of Coel Trollope And Daniel Arnold.

St Stithians were able to hold off CBC Boksburg, who fought despite a 31-17 loss. CBC did well to stay within striking distance of the Saints, but then conceded 14 points in relatively quick succession, allowing CBC to stay in the game. Connector Oliver Wilson converted 3 of five attempts but played well throughout the game.

St. John’s College Malan Du Plesiss put in a man of the match performance to see his side through against Clifton College and finish the festival with a 22-12 victory. Going unbeaten throughout the festival is exactly what the coaching staff were hoping for. The Blues have a promising 2025 ahead of them, with an exciting talent at link-up Gerald Van Wyk.

St. Charles swept St. Benedict’s College off the pitch with a 38-0 victory, ending a good festival for the team in convincing fashion.

St Albans claimed a narrow three-point victory over St Andrews of Bloemfontein, winning the final game 29-26 in a thrilling match with tries spread across several players. Ntsika Ngwadla, Handle Shroeder And Keegan Dick all of them were on the match report sheet.

St Andrews Pietro De Cao had a good day, scoring two tries himself and converting three of his four placement kicks, but it was not enough to get his team over the finish line.

From the nerve-racking finishes to the spectacular tries, the festival celebrated the true spirit of rugby. This year’s festival offered some exciting encounters for rugby fans who Relive all the action on SuperSport Schools. There is a lot to look forward to for schools leading up to the 2025 season as there is more than enough talent.

Results Day 3 – Wednesday, July 3

St. David’s Stayers XV 7 -16 Kearsney Stayers XV
St. Stithians Stayers XV – CBC Boksburg 31-17
Hilton College Stayers XV 10-7 Blue Bulls U17 Development XV
Cornwall Hill College – St Andrew’s College – Stayers XV
St. Benedict’s Stayers XV 38, St. Charles Stayers XV 0
St. Alban’s College – Stayers XV 29-26 – St. Andrew’s School
St. John’s College Stayers XV 22-12 Clifton Stayers XV