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Framesby High place seventh at Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament last weekend

BY MARC JACOBSON - MAY 10, 2017
Framesby High place seventh at Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament last weekend

South Africa’s representative, Hoerskool Framesby, placed seventh at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament at the Global Arena in the city of Munakata in Japan last weekend.

The international schools tournament, hosted annually by Japan, in 2017’s edition comprised of eight Japanese schools and eight foreign schools, each from different countries, namely: South Africa, New Zealand, Korea, China, Russia, England, France and Fiji respectively.

Framesby were grouped in Pool D with Gose Industrial High School (Japan), Osaka Toin High School (Japan) andJianguo High School (China) and had, throughout the entire tournament shown tumultuous results.

The Port Elizabeth-based side started off the tournament well with convincing wins over Jianguo (45-21) and Gose (35-7), before slumping 17-5 to Osaka Toin, after which they then placed second in their Pool to qualify for the quarter-finals.

In the quarters, Framesby then met France’s Lycées de la Borde Bass in the do-or-die clash, but lost 24-10, where their title hopes suddenly took a halt.

They then took to the field for 5th/6th place play-off against Fiji’s Queen Victoria School, where they led 14-7 at half-time, but were left scoreless in the second to lose the game 19-14.

Playing for mere pride in their final outing, Framesby then played in the 7th/8th place play-off, which to their relief beat Japan’s Tokai University Sagami High 29-19 – to place seventh in the 16-team tournament.

It was a relatively disappointing result for South Africa’s school representative, but taking note that Framesby is currently only ranked 32nd in South Africa on the overall Ruggas school rugby rankings.

In 2016, Glenwood High School from Durban, waved SA's flag up high when they won the Sanix World Youth Tournament, thrashing Japan’s Higashi Fukuoka High 45-6 in the final.

Image: Framesby running the ball at Despatch in 2014. Photo credit- Pierre de Ridder.