Four schools show great strength

2011-08-30 00:00

THERE were four schools that were significantly stronger than the other six in the top 10 of the province this past rugby season. They all were ranked in the top 20 in the country at the end of the second term.

The next three were a little more difficult to separate. Criteria used were the scores against other schools in the top 10 in the province, scores against schools ranked in the top 30 in the country and provincial selections.

For the fourth year in succession Glenwood is again the top school. At the beginning of the season at the Kearsney Festival they certainly did not look as if they would retain their top position. They were impressive as the improvement continued through to their last games.

These are the top 10 schools in the province.

Glenwood HS

Surprisingly Glenwood lost one match, which was against Northwood, by a point only, but won the other six matches against the top sides in KZN with an average score of 18-12. They played 12 matches against schools in the top 30 in the country and had an average score of 21-18.

Their biggest victory was against Nico Malan from the Eastern Cape where they won 41-10 and the biggest loss was against Grey College in the final game of the season. Here they lost against the top-ranked SA school, 6-26.

Most impressively Glenwood had nine players selected for the KZN Craven Week team of 22. Siyabonga Tom went on to represent South African schools on the wing. The other Glenwood provincial players were Niel Oelofse, Jacques Taylor, Matthew Worral-Clare, Ferdi Horn, Carel Swart, Dean Moolman, Sanela Pina and Nkululeko Marwana. A further four players were selected for the Academy A side from which scrumhalf Cyprial Mkhabela was selected for the SA Academy team. Another five Glenwood boys were in the Academy B side.

Kearsney College

Two matches were lost against the top KZN schools, Westville and Glenwood. They are ahead of Westville however due to having better results against the top schools in the country where their average score was

20-18 against the six schools played against. Against the better KZN schools the average score was

25-11.

Their biggest winning margin was 42-0 against Hilton and their biggest defeat was 3-24 against Grey College. In two other games against Nico Malan and Parktown they scored over 40 points.

Five Kearsney players were selected for Craven Week with a unique first of having three brothers in the team. Older brother Robert du Preez and younger twins Daniel and Jean-Luc who were U16, sons of former Springbok scrum half Robert­, made an imposing trio in the team. The others were Cullen Collopy­ and Sandile Kubeka. Two players were in the Academy A side and one in the B team.

Maritzburg College/Westville BHS

Westville lost two matches in the province, against Glenwood and Maritzburg­ College. The latter lost three, two against Glenwood and one against Kearsney. Westville’s average score was 21-14 and College’s average score was 26-19. Against the top schools in the country Westville had a 15-19 score and College 20-24, thus very difficult to separate.

College’s biggest win was 81-3 against Voortrekker and Westville’s biggest was 50-0 against Port Natal. The loss of 7-55 against Affies was the biggest score against College, but they did fare better in the second match where they lost 6-19. Westville lost two games by 12 points,

13-25 against College and 16-28 against Glenwood.

Both schools had two players selected for Craven Week. Stefan Ungerer as captain and Lwazi Sithole from College and Tyler Fisher and Jackson Buthelezi from Westville. Fisher went on to be selected for the SA Schools’ team.

Michaelhouse

After a number of good years, the midlands Independent school fell off the pace this year. They were inconsistent and unable to maintain the potential they obviously had, from one week to the next.

They lost five matches against the top KZN teams and ended with an average score of 22-24. After losing their derby game against Hilton in the first match they convincingly won the second match. In the five matches against the better schools in the country they had an average score of 14-38. Their best effort was a 19-20 loss against Daniel Pienaar.

The biggest win this season was against St John’s from Johannesburg winning 28-8. The worst loss was a drubbing against King Edwards where they lost 3-61.

No Michaelhouse players were selected for Craven Week. Three boys were selected for the Academy A side.

Hilton

Hilton just scraped in ahead of Northwood, due to beating them and playing against more of the top schools in the country. Hilton lost five games in the province and had an average­ score of 16-28. They played seven of the top schools in the country but did not fare too well with an average score of 9-22.

Hilton’s biggest win was 54-12 against St Albans and their biggest defeat was against King Edwards where they lost 0-47.

There was only one player from Hilton selected for the Academy B team.

Durban HS/Northwood

They have been bracketed together as their scores against the other KZN schools are very similar. DHS played eight matches winning three but losing five. Northwood played six of the top schools in the province, winning three. This included the 9-8 win against Glenwood. Their average score was 16-20 and DHS’s average was 15-18. DHS beat Northwood 13-11.

Northwood played just three of the top schools in the country and here the average score was 6-19. DHS played seven of the top schools with an average score of 8-29

Northwood was much improved in comparison to the last few years.

DHS’s biggest winning margin was 33-0 against Christ’s College from New Zealand. Their biggest loss was 6-41 against Kes. Northwood’s biggest win was 53-8 against Empangeni and their biggest loss was 0-27 against Queens.

Mbembe Payi and Brendon Cope from DHS were selected for Craven Week, but no players for the Academy sides. There were no Northwood players selected for KZN teams.

George Campbell/St Charles College

There is very little to separate these two schools and as they did not play one another they are bracketed together.

Both schools played four of the top KZN schools and they both lost all four. George Campbell had an average score of 10-24 in those matches and St Charles had an average score of 11-26.

George Campbell’s biggest win was 60-7 against Hillcrest and St Charles had their biggest, a 27-0 win against Krugersdorp. George Campbell’s biggest loss was 3-29 against Glenwood. St Charles lost 3-38 against Menlo Park.

Siboleku Nanto from George Campbell was selected for Craven Week and a further two boys were in the Academy B side. St Charles had one player in each of the Academy sides.

Pionier from Vryheid had some good results and if they played more games in the Durban-Pietermaritzburg area they could well be ranked in the top 10.

Port Natal in the Durban area and Treverton in the midlands, were arguably the next best sides.

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