Durban to host three thrillers

2012-05-26 00:00

WITH the independent schools taking their half-term long weekend, the top end of the fixture list is thin today, with just three top matches. All three matches are in the Durban area, but all should be exciting.

Glenwood, after an indifferent season compared with their results over the past few years, will be hosting their long-standing rivals and closest neighbours from across the Berea, Durban High School.

The Horseflies (DHS) have the better record of encounters, but the Grasshoppers have won most of their matches over the past decade.

DHS have shown some marked improvement this season and they will be determined to do their best today and perhaps catch the Grasshoppers on a bad day.

The latter, with eight Craven Week players in their side, should not lose.

But it is the effects of pressure in these derby games that brings out the unpredictable.

With the predictable large winning score last week against Pinetown, Glenwood may have found their correct patterns of play, something that has eluded them in their matches to date.

The only real hope DHS will have is to disrupt Glenwood in the scrums and front row.

If the Grasshoppers get an early ascendency in the tight phases it could be a comfortable win for the home side.

The match around Bowdens at Westville should also attract a good crowd when they face Maritzburg College. This game is very evenly matched.

They have played six common sides this season. They both won against the same three, Northwood, DHS and Hilton and both lost against Michaelhouse, KES and Paul Roos.

Points for and against in those six games, show that College did marginally better. They scored 153 points with 107 against.

Westville in turn scored 142 points with 128 against.

Westville have home ground advantage, but neither of the two teams should claim to be confident of winning today.

Northwood have a tough match against the uncompromising George Campbell team. The latter are having one of their better seasons and they will be very determined to win this one.

In the three matches that they have both played against common teams, Campbell have had the better record.

Against Kearsney GC lost

2-17 and Northwood 6-48.

Both teams won against Empangeni, but Northwood by just 10-0 and Campbell by 33-6.

Both teams fared well against Glenwood with Campbell losing 19-34 and Northwood 8-20.

SELECTED FIXTURES (HOME SIDE FIRST)

Glenwood vs DHS; Westville vs Maritzburg College; Northwood vs George Campbell; Pinetwon vs Voortrekker; Kingsway vs Kloof; St Henrys vs Thomas More; Eshowe vs Hillcrest; Greytown vs Richardsbaai; Scottburgh vs Amanzimtoti; Howick vs Weston

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