The annual Kearsney College Easter Festival will have the biggest clashes with the most prominent teams attending the festival out of the four major Easter Festivals this weekend.
School of Rugby had a look through the Who’s Who who will be in action during the festival and identified five players who are bound to set the main field at Kearsney alight with stellar performances during the weekend.
Here is our five Player to Watch out for during the Kearsney College Easter Festival:
Keke Morabe (Welkom Gimnasium)
The SA Schools eighthman of 2018 has a much sturdier build than last year weighing in at 103kgs, but don’t let that fool you he is getting around the park still as quick as what made him a national schools player. He has already shown with his performance’s thus far his school’s team, which he also captains, that he plans to build on his success during last year’s season.
Morabe plays an integral part in Gimmies’ game plan, but he does receive some valuable support in their loose trio with Christo Steyn and Calla Pienaar both being extremely physical players with the ability to move around the park. Gimmies faces Framesby, HTS Drostdy and the hosts, Kearsney College, during the Easter Festival. Gimmies walloped Voortrekker of Bethlehem by 93-20 in their last encounter.
Morabe also represented the World Schools Invitation XV during the World Schools Festival in Stellenbosch earlier this year.
Jacques Goosen (Selborne College)
Goosen also already represented the SA Schools side during last year’s international series. The hooker played an integral role in helping Border to finish last year’s Craven Week in Paarl unbeaten. The first time they’ve done so since hosting the prestigious tournament back in 2009. Goosen had the last laugh last year after deciding to leave Grey College of Bloemfontein and join Selborne College with his selection to the national schools’ team.
Goosen is a physical player that loves to carry the ball. He will keep a couple of defenders busy every time he receives possession of the ball. We could have easily also chosen Selborne College’s flanker Jarrod Taylor. He also represented the SA Schools’ side last year and captained the World Schools XV during the World Schools Festival earlier this year. Goosen would’ve also represented this team, but missed out due to injury.
Nico Steyn (Glenwood)
Glenwood got a couple of players like their captain and fullback, Joe Jonas, centre Martino van Wyk and tighthead prop, Blaine Golden who is able to produce superb performances, but it is the team of Durban’s blonde scrumhalf, Nico Steyn, who possesses the ability to ignite the Green Machine with a spark of individual brilliance.
Steyn was included in the SA Schools u18 Sevens-side which retained the title of champions at the Capricorn Sevens in Windhoek, Namibia earlier this year. He was one of the team’s standout performers during the World Schools Festival in Stellenbosch. They will again be looking at him to produce the necessary spark to get them going.
Juandré Liebenberg (Framesby)
Framesby has developed a knack for producing high-quality flyhalves. Ernst Stapelberg showcased his talent at Maties and is now plying his trade at the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Liebenberg is another hot prospect if he could keep producing the goods. The school from Port Elizabeth is also back at Wildeklawer this year after a few years of absence. This will also give Liebenberg the necessary exposure on a big stage to showcase his talents.
Scouts were impressed during the World Schools Festival when Brandon Wilkie produced some impressing performances for the World Schools XV during the festival. Wilkie is also from Framesby and will slot in at inside-centre just outside Liebenberg which spells troubles for opposition defences.
Tylon Kotze (EG Jansen)
The lanky winger could easily be mistaken as a lock, but Kotze got gas and some to spare. The 1.93m winger has troubled opposition defences in all four matches that EG Jansen played so far this year. Kotze has scored seven tries in his side’s four matches thus far which included a hat-trick in their opening match of the season against Rustenburg. He also managed to score a brace of tries in the Jansies’ matches against Durbanville and Kempton Park.
Kotze boasts a 100m time of 10.74 seconds which he recorded during last year’s Interhigh.