Close to 600 Jeppe boys, teachers and coaches traveled to Durban last weekend for the annual winter sports exchange with Westville Boys’ High School.
20 rugby teams and 15 hockey teams were in action, and there were also squash and chess matches between the two schools.
It was honours even in the hockey contest, although the overall day probably went to Jeppe by virtue of their 1-0 win in the 1st team game, and the wins in the u-14A and u-16A matches.
On the day, Jeppe won four games, Westville four and there were six draws.
The first rugby team went down 36-24 after allowing Westville to get a flying start and go into a 23-3 lead by halftime. Jeppe came right back into the game and closed the gap to a single try late in the second half, before Westville got a last minute try to make the score somewhat lopsided.
The encouraging this is that there has been a big improvement, across the board. After winning just one match – the 1st XV – the last time the schools met in Durban, this year Jeppe won the under-15 and under-16A games and were victorious in 5 out of 20 games on the day.
Westville won both the chess and squash contests.
Director of Sport at Jeppe, Janse Van der Rhyst, described the weekend as a success, on and off the field. “Sending so many boys on a weekend tour is a massive undertaking, and it took place without any hitches,” he said. “We are getting better at organising events like this, thanks to the massive amount of work put in.
“The boys are getting used to playing after a long bus trip and a night in a strange bed, and it showed in the improved results.”