Clash of the titans

2011-05-03 00:00

THE battle lines have been drawn for what is the biggest schools’ derby on the south coast as Creston College and Southcity Christian College (SCC) prepare to go head-to-head in an epic battle starting on Thursday and culmin­ating with the main duel on Saturday.

With more than 4 000 spectators expected to witness the most anticipated school sporting event on the south coast, it’s all to play for.

It’s clear that underdogs SCC are not just relying on guts for glory to take on the seasoned Creston College, and according to coach Quintin van Rensburg, the boys have been preparing both physically and mentally for this clash of the titans.

“We realise that this may be the turning point we need and the guys are amped for a win, if not a convincing thrashing,” he said.

And it seems a win may be within the grasp even though the school only really introduced rugby four years ago.

“Rugby camps, sport psychology sessions and intense warm-up games were all part of our preparations. We have a lot to prove,” he said.

And they do, as despite several previous meetings in the past four years, they have never defeated the favourites­ Creston.

As part of the pre-Creston training regime, SCC played several matches in Treverton in Mooi River where they had very marginal losses.

“We played some excellent teams, seasoned in the sport and to come out with our dignity intact was a feat in itself,” Van Rensburg said.

Standout players are Jayden Lourens­ (captain), Keaton Uys and Kayde du Toit.

Creston coach Ryan Kyle meanwhile said that the boys are not taking SCC lightly.

“They are by no means the underdogs and last year we beat them by a meagre two points,” he said.

SCC are the heavier team by far according to Kyle, so speed and efficiency will be a focus for his squad.

“We have researched their strengths and weaknesses, although we are more focused on our strengths.”

Standout players are Warwick Watt and their secret weapon they call only “Farro” so as not to give too much away.

“Considering that they have only played for four years they have become serious contenders, which we take our hats off to, but come Saturday all respect is left outside the battle lines,” he said.

Kick-off is at 1.30 pm.

 

SOUTHCITY vs CRESTON DERBY WEEKEND PROGRAMME

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