Flying the EP flag.
  Familiar visitors, Westering of Port Elizabeth, try to breach
the Worcester Gym defence on day two of TSRF 2014. (photo: Eleanor Muller)

The 2015 edition of the Tony Stoops Rugby Festival, presented by new marquee sponsors Spur Steak Ranches, takes place at Tygerberg High School over the Easter weekend.

There will be a very compact programme, with seventeen matches being played on Thursday 2 and sixteen on both Saturday 4 and Monday 6 April 2015.

Despite its coinciding this year with the numerous Easter festivals, which tend to attract the higher profile schools, and a decision being taken to use only three fields, 36 attendees have been accommodated.

At a time when most schools are involved in an ungainly scramble for the prestige that accompanies a high national ranking, the very charm of TSRF is its open-door invitation policy. As a result, many schools make the trek to Parow secure in the knowledge that they will be matched against opponents of similar ability. In fact, the organizers pride themselves on being something like the schools’ version of the Cell C Community Cup.

The informality surrounding proceedings ensures that visiting sides do not find themselves encumbered with a list of compulsory functions. In fact, they are openly encouraged to explore the Peninsula, the invitation itself actually including several tourist suggestions.

The majority of the schools listed below might predictably come from close to home, with the Boland (eleven) and WP (nine) accounting for just over half the field, but it is particularly gratifying to all involved that nine different schools unions will be represented.

Boland : Worcester Gym, Klein Nederburg, New Orleans, Weston, Hopefield, Groendal, Piketberg, Porterville, Swartland and Barrydale;
WP : Tygerberg, Stellenberg, De Kuilen, Jan van Riebeeck, Table View, Edgemead, Bellville South, Bosmansdam, Milnerton,Jan Kriel, Parow;
SWD : Outeniqua, Oudtshoorn, Kairos, Langenhoven High and York;
EP : Nico Malan, Otto du Plessis, Victoria Park and Westering;
KZN : Voortrekker (Pmb);
Northern Cape : Noord-Kaap;
Blue Bulls : Sutherland;
North West : Stella.

Always a force to be reckoned with, Outeniqua from George will be using their only game (on Thursday 2 April) to round off their preparations for two testing fixtures – against Garsfontein and Menlo Park – in Pretoria the following weekend, while Noord-Kaap, who have opted to play on the Thursday and the Monday, will be spending the weekend at an intensive training camp.

Needless to say, the two will play each other on Thursday 2 April as the feature match, kicking off at 13:20 in order to give the Quaggas time to travel home before nightfall.

For the full programme for Thursday 2 April 2015, as well as the Oakdale first day schedule, please consult the appropriate page in this site’s Fixtures section.




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