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Boksburgers bash Eton College with an elite performance

By Willem Louw , in Featured | Main Rugby | Featured Rugby | News , at 2023-12-13 Tags: ,

EG Jansen made light work of Eton College in their first fixture at the World Schools Festival to book a spot in the semi-finals.

Eton College, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, is one of the oldest and most influential schools in the world with its long list of notable alumni including many royals and politicians, it has earned the reputation of foremost producer of British statesmen.

They returned from their tour to South Africa in July with an unblemished record, beating St Alban’s College (45-22) and St John’s College (19-17).

In fact, before the match against EG Jansen, the proud school from Berkshire had only lost one game in 2023, against Trinity School from the United Kingdom.

The South Africans opened the scoring with their fullback, R-Jay Pietersen‘s first touch of the ball to take an early lead. Pietersen then got his second of the day just before halftime as they continued finding space in the Eton defensive line to go into the break with a bonus point secured and a 20-point lead.

After the break, Jansen’s tall flanker, Reon Pretorius picked up another quick try after some strong running by his winger, Cameron van Wyk.

The two Eton wingers who are both signed at the Harlequins Academy, Chinonso Ogbunude and Izaak Manuel, were the standout players for the English side, but EG Jansen’s defence remained resolute. They also dominated the scrum, giving their backline a solid platform to launch their attack.

The other two tries were scored by Jeandré Jacobs (centre) and Danré Pike (hooker), as the South Africans controlled the match with their big forwards and solid defensive work.

The Etonian captain and future Saracen, Freddie Bracken-Smith (scrumhalf), salvaged a try in the final moments of the game with an opportunistic dart around the scrum, but by that point, the boys from Boksburg already had the game in the bag.

With a mix of some experienced campaigners who were already involved as part of the first team in EG Jansen’s Noordvaal campaign and some of the graduates from the 2022 u16 team that finished the year undefeated, the boys from Boksburg have an exciting season ahead.

If they can continue to build on their dominant performance in the first match against Eton, they will be one of the favourites going into the penultimate round on Friday.

In the second playoff game for the Cup, New Zealand’s Westlake Boys’ High faced Hartpury College from England.

Hartpury controlled the match until the final 10 minutes when a late reply by Westlake, scoring two tries in the final five minutes by Isaac Murray-Macgregor, the NZ Schools fullback and his lightning-quick winger, Matareti Hoyt meant the game finished in a stalemate on their first outing.

Having scored first, the Kiwis will advance to the Cup semis, but both sides showed they have the potential to cause their opponents a lot of problems in the coming games.

Scorers:

Cup

EG Jansen 32 (20) – Tries: R-Jay Pietersen (2), Jeandre Jacobs, Danré Pike, Reon Pretorius, Riekus an der Merwe. Conversion: Cameron van Wyk. Eton College 5 (0) – Try: Freddie Bracken-Smith.

Westlake (7) 19 – Tries: Isaac Murray-Macgregor (2), Matareti Hoyt. Conversions: Murray-Macgregor (2). Hartpury (5) 19 – Tries: Shand Solomon, Louis Callow, Bailey Paetel. Conversions: Taite Fortey (2).

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Southern Legion 50 – Tries: Lehan Jordaan, Ewan Korb, Happy Makate, Waylon Oncke, Waldt Stander, WJ Buitendag, Cody Peterson, Dehan Neethling. Conversions: Rynhardt Uys (3), Armand Griessel (2). Dubai Tigers 3.

RTA Invitational 20 – Tries: Raynard van Loggerenberg, Pieter Moller, Mangaliso Mwali. Conversion: Chad Leukes. Penalty: Luhan Janse van Rensburg. Odyssey Knights 0.

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