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Celebrate the best in schoolboy rugby

The celebration of the best in schoolboy rugby was hosted on March 28, 30 and April 1.

Rugby fans descended on the historic steps of St John’s College for the all-exciting 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival.

The celebration of the best in schoolboy rugby was hosted on March 28, 30 and April 1. The three-day rugby festival saw no league tables, trophies or medals as this festival was all about the love of rugby, school spirit and community.

Graeme College wins 12–10 against St David’s Marist Inanda.

Local teams included St David’s Marist Inanda, St Benedict’s College, the Golden Lions XV, Hoërskool Hans Moore, Hoërskool Noordheuwel and the hosts St John’s College. Kingswood College and Graeme College travelled from the Eastern Cape, Bethlehem Voortrekker Hoërskool from the Free State, Hilton College and Maritzburg College from KZN, Hoërskool Nelspruit from Mpumalanga, SACS and Hoërskool Landbou from the Western Cape and Falcon College from neighbouring Zimbabwe. The preparatory school sides joined the festival from Gauteng, KZN and Mpumalanga.

A St John’s player runs in for a try. Photo: Asanda Matlhare

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the visitors who attended the festival over the Easter weekend, making it a truly memorable and joyous occasion. We would like to thank the visitors, players, coaches, sponsors and rugby fans for celebrating the spirit of rugby and the camaraderie it brings to the community,” said Stuart West, executive headmaster of St John’s College.

It’s an intense scrap to get the ball away from a St John’s player (maroon). Photo: Asanda Matlhare

The festival partnered with SuperSport Schools, delivering live streams of all the games via the SuperSport Schools app and the final day saw all the games televised live on SuperSport channel 216. This year, visitors were also afforded the Festival app, where supporters could access all the team lists, fixtures and results, plus a direct link to the website where all action photographs from the games were available to download free of charge.

St John’s College U19 team gather for a huddle before the game.

Watch the video here.

St John’s College U19 loses 13–38 against Hoerskool Nelspruit.

“We recognise that sport and education play an important part in nurturing the growth potential of well-rounded young people, fostering healthy competition and teamwork for a brighter future. Standard Bank is thrilled to be part of a platform that united communities through the universal language of sports,” said the sponsor Standard Bank’s Tshiamo Molanda.

St John’s player secures the ball from a lineout against Kingswood College.

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