Victoria Park find it hard making headway against Hawston on Saturday

The African Bank Tony Stoops Rugby Festival at Tygerberg High School came to its scheduled close shortly after lunch on Monday 1 April 2013.

The most impressive performance – and surprising result – of the day was Dollar Academy of Scotland’s imperious 28-0 dismissal of Boland hotshots Dirkie Uys.

The Moorreesburg Tigers have seemed to save their best rugby every season for this event, but they had no answer to the straightforward approach adopted by the overseas visitors. The fact that flyhalf Allan Sutherland goaled all four tries underscored their clinical efficiency.

Indeed, such was the impression made by Steve Newton’s charges that no. 8 Allasdair Mackie, his cause largely aided by four tries in their two games, was selected in that position for the traditional Best of the Fest XV.

Their cohesion should serve as a warning to other opponents on their tour who might be considering trying to outfox them with fancy rugby.

Plucky York reprised their stunning Saturday performance by whipping Edgemead 46-12, 21 of the points coming from polished flyhalf Nathan Scott, whose tally included a try.

Malmesbury’s Swartland continued to plague the Eastern Cape contingent, running in six beautiful tries to beat Newton Tech 32-9, but Pearson, inspired by brilliant Player of the Festival hooker Jono Ford, bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to see off Milnerton, who sadly lost influential outside centre Richard Wollbolt with a broken foot, 22-11.

The highest-scoring match of the day saw Porterville hit their straps to thrash a game Hawston team 52-28 in a twelve-try showpiece. It is gratifying to note how the Bulle of the Boland have broadened the scope of their game now that their opposition have wised up to their tactic of employing a human battering ram as first receiver from rucks, mauls and free kicks.

Particularly heartening, too, has been the unbeaten run enjoyed by Vredenburg, a school which has been pretty down on their luck in recent seasons. Unquestionably the star in a very workmanlike side has been tearaway flank Curtley Johnson, son of former cricket professional Alleyne, who scored in each of his team’s matches, in the process earning himself a berth in the select XV.

It was a proud Hottentots Holland captain Adriaan Carelse who crowned both a fine personal showing and a marvelous team display in the best possible way when he received the trophy for the side playing the most attractive rugby from Johan Jacobs, coach of Dirkie Uys, its holders for the last two years,

Maybe the weather didn’t play ball on the final day – glowering grey skies finally gave way to fine drizzle around noon – but there is no doubt that it would have required a great deal more rain to dampen the spirits of the weary participants on their way home.

The Best of the Fest XV was:

15 Stefan Eksteen (Montana)
14 Wentzel October (Langenhoven High)
13 Jonathan Badenhorst (Swellendam)
12 Jason Griffith (Hawston)
11 Perrus Vosloo (Kirkwood)
10 Adriaan Carelse (Hottentots Holland)
  9 Nathan Augustus (Victoria Park)
  8 Alasdair Mackie (Dollar Academy)
  7 Pierre du Preez (Dirkie Uys)
  6 Curtley Johnson (Vredenburg)
  5 Arno du Plessis (Porterville)
  4 Gavin Pretorius (Swartland)
  3 Fungai Dube (York)
  2 Jonathan Ford (Pearson) (captain)
  1 Justin Antonie (Pearson)




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