After a somewhat successful tour of Namibia in March, the Prince Edward Tigers took a short break to enjoy the Easter holiday and made their way to Durban to take part in the Bizsport Festival at Glenwood High School.
The boys have not disappointed and are showing lots of improvement from their Namibian tour, punching above their weight against the big boys from South Africa. In their first encounter Prince Edward lost 12-26 to Rustenburg. While that is a loss, the Tigers faithful have every reason to smile as Rustenburg is now ranked 24 in South African schools rugby by our partners SASCHOOLSPORTS.CO.ZA.
Competing against any team ranked in the top 50 in South Africa is actually an achievement and from the result it’s obvious that the Tigers did more than compete. In their second game played on Thursday, the Tigers went on to record a well deserved 15-12 victory over Lichtenburg. Tomorrow – Saturday – Prince Edward will play Die Anker in their last fixture of the Bizsport Festival before they come back home to round-up preparations for the season at the second edition of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival.
If the current results coming out of South Africa are anything to go by Prince Edward and St George’s will be the teams to put your money on this coming schools rugby season. One point of concern for Prince Edward will be their ability to convert place kicks into points.
While Falcon College enjoyed a very good and unbeaten outing at the just ended St Dunstan’s Easter Festival, it’s still very difficult to call where they stand locally as they really didn’t have tough opposition going against them. St John’s on the other hand will have their discipline at the restart and breakdowns to deal with if they are to be a formidable team this upcoming rugby season.