The last day of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival did not disappoint. Falcon and Peterhouse managed to fill up the stands around Jubilee field as early as 11.30am. For me, that game will have to go down as the best encounter of this year’s festival. However all the other fixtures that were lined up on Jubilee kept the crowds entertained through the day. Below is our Saturday roundup from the main field.
Allan Wilson Boys High 29-00 Ellis Robbins Boys High
Allan Wilson ended their Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival run on a high with a win over another boys’ school. Ellis Robbins had their fair share of chances and only have themselves to blame for not finishing well in the last third of the field.
Livingstone Kolobeng College 27-13 Plumtree Boys High
Our visitors from Botswana who had not won a game at the festival since last year upset Plumtree. This was their only match on Jubilee field this year and the win against Plumtree might just earn them an extra game on the main field if they visit again next year.
Hillcrest College 29-14 Watershed College
This one was a must win for Hillcrest College as the Mutare side hadn’t recorded a victory at the festival this year. The comfortable win hints at a hotly contested co-ed schools league season as every school that plays in this league has registered at least a victory at the festival.
Falcon College 18-15 Peterhouse Boys
This will go down as arguably the best match at this year’s festival. The old rivals managed to pack the stands around Jubilee before midday. While Peterhouse banked on absolute pace to frustrate Falcon, the game was won by gutsy decision-making by Falcon skipper, Connor Pritchard. With less than a minute left to play and trailing by two points Pritchard found touch on the opposition’s five instead of kicking for what seemed like an easy three points. The risk paid off as Brian Muntanga went over in the corner off a maul for his second try to hand his team the victory.
Kyle College 26-14 Lomagundi College
Kyle made it three wins out of three games to close out their run at the 2015 edition of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival. Coached by former Sables scrummie, Charles Jiji, the team from Masvingo is playing a good style of expansive rugby and will definitely be a joy to watch in action this coming second term.
Midlands Christian College 15-19 Eaglesvale High School
This was Eaglesvale’s first victory at the festival this year. The win did not only save the Willovale team from a winless festival but also broke a six year old jinx. Though clashes between these co-ed schools have always been closely contested, Eaglesvale had last won against Midlands Christian College in 2008. The teams will play again in Gweru this season and MCC will be hoping to reclaim their place.
Churchill School 21-24 St George’s College
For the first time in the history of the festival, Churchill has recorded zero wins throughout the week. St George’s College were clinical with possession and were on a head hunting spree when off the ball. If there was an award for the biggest hits at the festival, St George’s would have easily claimed it. With about seven minutes left to play St George’s earned themselves two yellow cards in quick succession which meant they would end the game with 13 men on the field against Churchill’s 15. Churchill capitalized their numbers advantage scoring twice but that was not enough to steal the game as St George’s held on for a 24-21 victory.
Prince Edward School 38-10 St John’s College
The much hyped last fixture of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival did not live up to the tone that had been set throughout the day as it turned out be one-sided. St John’s did get on the board first but in the end it wasn’t really a contest as the Tigers mauled the Rams. As far as my memory can take me back, this game takes the record for the biggest margin – 28 – during the last encounter of the festival.
The season begins next weekend and as we have kept you in the know during the festival you can count on us to give you all rugby updates and more from across the country.