Hilton the battlefield for rivals’ tie

2013-04-27 00:00

SCHOOL rugby today sees the major matches split between Durban and the Midlands, with Hilton the main centre of attraction when they host traditional rivals Michaelhouse.

St Charles will have a difficult game against Kearsney, while in Durban, Northwood host Maritzburg College and DHS plays against Westville.

With fine weather predicted, there will be a large crowd of mainly partisan supporters from both schools around Gilfillan’s at Hilton.

In 2012, Hilton won the second match between the two schools at home, after narrowly losing the first game at Michaelhouse.

The latter lost convincingly last week playing Glenwood in wet conditions and this is likely to have dented their confidence. In Namibia during Easter, Michaelhouse won four and lost two games and they will dearly want a win today.

Hilton beat Northwood last Saturday by less of a margin than the Michaelhouse win against the same side before the Easter holidays.

Northwood have improved from the earlier games, playing more as a team. Much of today’s game will depend on the quality of ball supplied by the forwards and here the visitors may just have the edge.

Amongst the backlines, Hilton arguably have the advantage and if they win more good ball, then they could be victorious. The game is going to be tight with the winner unlikely to win by more than a few points.

College, after a good mid-week win against DHS, will have their tails up and could give Northwood a run for their money. This is a welcome return to fixtures between the two schools — the last in 2004 — and this could well motivate the Durban lads to be at their best. If College can move the ball as they did in the first half on Wednesday, the big Northwood forwards could suffer in the second half.

Another match where the visitors are likely to win the game is at DHS, where they will be hosting Westville.

For a number of years Westville have been in the top four in the province and this year is unlikely to be much different. DHS have some good individual talent, but they are unlikely to match the better rounded talents of Westville. Home ground advantage may keep the winning margin at a reasonable level.

The side that won on Tuesday at St Charles, Voortrekker, is playing the Kearsney 2nd XV, while St Charles will play Kearsney first team.

A match that is being televised, although not live, is the Mooi River derby between Treverton and Weston.

Visitors Weston should have the advantage as they have played more matches, but these games are usually closely fought.

George Campbell are hosting their annual festival between 10 schools from KZN against 10 from Gauteng.

These matches will continue on Monday where results from today’s matches determine the games on the second day.


Hilton v Michaelhouse; Northwood v Maritzburg College; DHS v Westville; St Charles v Kearsney; Treverton v Weston; Voortrekker v Kearsney II (at St Charles); Empangeni v Richardsbaai; at George Campbell: Grosvenor v Hyde Park; Kloof v Randpark; Hillcrest v Northcliff; Benoni v George Campbell II; Durban NC v Glenvista; New Forest v Mondeor; Kingsway v Bryanston; Pinetown v Edenvale; Port Natal v Krugersdorp; George Campbell v Fourways

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