KES: ‘We can be better’

KES feel they can improve despite their undefeated run at their recent Easter festival.

The hosts were one of the impressive teams at the KES Easter Festival a fortnight ago as they recorded wins against Marlow (21-18, day one), Queen’s (23-7, day two) and Italy’s Viadana (24-16, day three).

However, 1st XV head coach Carl Spilhaus says there is still a lot of progress to be achieved.

‘Although the results are all wins, our performances were poor,’ Spilhaus told keo.co.za. ‘Our backline is below standard and needs to improve. Our forwards have done well but we are slacking in our ball retention and decision making.

‘This saw us have an indifferent start to the season. We achieved wins against Pretoria Boys and St Albans, but we were very poor in our defeat against Jeppe.’

Spilhaus said they will need to get their game in order as they have a tough schedule ahead.

KES face St Johns (17 April), Northwood (24 April), DHS (26 April), St Stithians (1 May), Maritzburg (7 May), Potch Boys (12 May), Parktown (15 May), Sandown (19 May), Hilton (22 May) and Westville (29 May).

‘We face some good schools this year but I think the derbies against the Gauteng schools will be the toughest for us.’

Spilhaus added that he will depend on lock Malcolm Marx and fullback Kazlo Holtzhausen to fire this season.

‘Malcom and Kazlo performed well for us at the festival,’ he said. ‘Malcolm is still 15-years-old, but he’s holding his own amongst the seniors. Kazlo started out at flyhalf this season, but we moved him back to fullback. He’s been playing well there and can only get better.’

By Gareth Duncan