All eyes on Hilton and Kearsney clash

2010-04-24 00:00

THERE are only two matches amongst the top schools this weekend involving KZN teams playing against each other. Others are playing schools from other provinces and most of the smaller schools expected to play today have played earlier in the week owing to the schools’ long weekend.

There are also two festivals in progress over this weekend, one in Johannesburg involving eight KZN schools and the other at Felixton in Richards Bay.

The major attraction will be at Hilton, where they are hosting Kearsney. There is much friendly rivalry amongst the three large Independent schools and as Kearsney narrowly beat Michaelhouse last Saturday, they will want to repeat the win against Hilton.

Both Hilton and Kearsney were beaten fairly comprehensively by Westville, which does point to a fairly even contest this afternoon. The Hilton forwards may give the home side the advantage.

St Charles will be playing their first home game when they host Michaelhouse. The latter after their surprising victory against Westville in the first match of the season have not been successful, having lost four games in succession and they will be looking to turn their season around.

The home side has also been on the losing end in four matches, with a draw in their last game, and they will also be hoping for a win today. The winner in this one is debatable.

Over the last number of years DHS and Northwood have played an interchange with KES and Jeppe from Johannesburg. Today DHS will be playing at home against KES and on Monday they will play Jeppe. Northwood hosts Jeppe today and play KES on Monday.

KES is probably the strongest of the four teams and they will likely win both games. Jeppe has some big boys and they may also be too strong for the two KZN teams, who appear to be among the weaker of the top teams in the province.

Westville will host another Johannesburg side, Parktown. Both schools were at the KES Festival over Easter and they both played Rondebosch and Viadana from Italy. Westville won both by convincing margins, but Parktown, who also won both, had far tighter contests. Westville are playing good rugby and they should be the team to win.

Maritzburg College travel to Pretoria to take on Pretoria Boys’ High. It is never an easy game in Pretoria and as the home side has lost both of their last two matches, they will want a win and this will make it difficult for College.

Glenwood has been invited to play in the second annual Wildeklawe Rugby Tournament which invites 14 top schools in the country to play two matches. Last year the inaugural tournament was hosted by Paarl Gym and this year it is hosted by Affies in Pretoria.

Glenwood has been drawn to play against Paarl BHS today. The school that they have both played is Outeniqua, which Glenwood won against by a single point and Paarl won by five points. It will be a tough match today. The opponents for Monday are decided after the results of today’s matches are known.

The derby in Mooi River between Weston and Treverton will also be taking place at midday today. Treverton has played more rugby than Weston and they will be favourites.

The annual FNB KZN/Gauteng Festival for schools in the second tier is hosted this year by Fourways HS. The eight KZN schools that will be playing today and on Monday are George Campbell (two sides), Hillcrest, Kloof, Pinetown, Grosvenor, New Forest and Durban North College.

Felixton has invited five other schools, Howick, Clifton, Creston, Pongola and Grantleigh to their two-day Festival.

Fixtures (home side first): Hilton v Kearsney; St Charles v Michaelhouse; DHS v KES; Northwood v Jeppe; Westville v Parktown; Pretoria BHS v Maritzburg College; Glenwood v Paarl BHS (at Affies); Weston v Treverton; (at Fourways): George Campbell II v Krugersdorp; Grosvenor v Hyde Park; Pinetown v Bryanston; Hillcrest v Northcliff; Durban NC v Glenvista; Kloof v Randpark; New Forest v Greenside; George Campbell v Fourways

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