College play Affies this weekend

2013-07-20 00:00

WHILE most schools in the province will play soccer this term, Maritzburg College and Glenwood will continue with rugby and hockey for a few more weeks before shifting to soccer.

With sevens rugby being included in the next Olympic Games and the popularity of the Sevens World Series, schools are also increasing their participation in sevens rugby, resulting in a number of sevens tournaments also being included this term.

College travel to Pretoria for a tough rugby fixture against Affies. Even a fully fit College team will battle against one of the top three schools in the country. They have height in the line­outs, with two towering locks, a strong front row and pace in the backline.

One of College’s main problem areas has been in the lineouts and this is an area where they must try to win their ball by being unpredictable, varying the lengths, having jumpers in different positions and being accurate with the throw-ins. First-time tackling will be a requisite to cut down any chances of Affies having it all their own way.

Glenwood play against the KZN Development U19A, but they will use their secnd XV with the first having a bye. While the match may be more competitive, the Glenwood second trackers are likely to win comfortably.

The only hockey match is in Pretoria where College play Affies. It should be a relatively easy win for College with their two SA Schools’ players. Affies have yet to win against College.

The first of the sevens tournaments takes place at Crawford North Coast today where largely second-tier schools are taking part.

Many of the schools start their soccer matches today. There is a levelling of playing fields with smaller schools able to be very competitive against the more traditional sporting schools.

Michaelhouse and Hilton both have home fixtures against DHS and Kearsney respectively. DHS will be comparively stronger in soccer than they have been in rugby and will most likely win their first fixture. Hilton and Kearsney should be evenly matched.

Weston is hosting Zakhe Agricultural College from Baynesfield. The latter will probably be too strong for the Mooi River farmers.

Selected Soccer fixtures: Michaelhouse vs DHS; Hilton vs Kearsney; Weston vs Zakhe; Westville vs Northwood; Howick vs St Nicholas; Carter vs Greytown.

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