High school rugby players taste Golden Lions tryouts

A number of rugby teams from various schools came to Fourways High School on March 16 for the Golden Lions High School Rugby Association Team Trials.

A Dainfern College rugby player in action during the game against Bryanston High School. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

League B schools were encouraged to take part in the trials where players from the U16 and U18 age groups would be selected for a team to play in future games.
These schools included Greenside, Bryanston, Fourways, Rand Park, and Roosevelt High Schools, and teams from De La Salle, Trinityhouse, Beaulieu, and Dainfern Colleges.
Fourways head of rugby Daryll Gates said: “These are B league schools who never get the chance to come and play in the Gauteng trials at Alberton. We try to identify talents here who don’t have the chance to pass automatically.

A Bryanston High School player in possession during the game against Dainfern College. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

“Small schools like Roosevelt, Beaulieu and De La Salle now have the opportunity to show their talent. From all schools, we will select players to form a team that will play as a team. It’s basically just to give everyone a fair chance.

Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Bryanston’s rugby coach Wian van Wyk said he had high hopes for his side at the trials.
“It’s still very early in the season so a win would be fantastic, but just a good full game just to see things fall into place and what we’ve been training is working.”
As for the rest of the rugby season, Van Wyk said he hoped there would be no interruptions due to Covid-19 restrictions as he looked forward to derby days.

The day’s tries are filled with aggressive tackles at the Golden Lions High School Rugby Association tries. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
A Fourways High School player prepares to throw the ball into a lineout during the game against De La Salle. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

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