PMB and Durban hosting big rugby games this weekend

2010-05-29 00:00

THERE are two venues, one in the capital at Maritzburg College and the other in Durban at Glenwood, where there will be large crowds at schools rugby this weekend.

College play one of the top sides in the country, Affies, while Glenwood hosts DHS in their centenary year in an FNB Classic Clash.

While College have shown an upward curve in their results this year, the Pretoria team will be keen to get in another win after losing against Grey College and Monument in their last two matches. College will do extremely well, however, to hold them to a close result.

Glenwood’s biggest obstacle will be complacency in this centenary match against DHS. With 10 players in the recently announced Craven Week squad as against the two from DHS, and the results that DHS have had this year, Glenwood and their supporters will likely feel that it will be an easy game. However, these derby games often go inexplicably against the form team. DHS will also do well to keep the scores close.

Looking at the results of both Northwood and Michaelhouse, who play one another today at Northwood, the game could go either way. Both teams have beaten George Campbell by a similar score and both have lost against Kearsney and DHS, but against Westville, Michaelhouse managed to win and Northwood lost by 20 points.

Against St Charles, Northwood drew and Michaehouse won by seven points. It should be a good, running game.

St Stithians were surprised by their defeat at the hands of St Johns, and today they will hope to do better against Kearsney after a disappointing season in which they have lost more than they have won. Kearsney, with their last game at home, will raise their game and make it difficult for their visitors.

On results this year, St Charles should have the better of the game against visitors Voortrekker. However, as they are both relatively young sides, the side that remains calm under the pressure of a relatively large crowd and makes fewer mistakes, should win.

Hilton travel to Pretoria to play against St Albans and Westville go to Johannesburg to play KES. The latter is likely to be the tighter of the two matches, and as KES has already lost to College and Hilton, they will want to win at home. Westville have a side that should win, but they need a more reliable kicker with Duncan Campbell injured. Hilton has a strong pack and this should carry them through against St Albans.

George Campbell will enjoy their away match against Pinetown, after a series of games against the top schools.

Fixtures (home sides first): Maritzburg College v Affies; Glenwood v DHS; Northwood v Michaelhouse; Kearsney v St Stithians; St Charles v Voortrekker; St Albans v Hilton; KES v Westville; Pinetown v George Campbell; Hillcrest v Clifton; Kloof v Kuswag; Thomas More v Wartburg; Greytown v Howick; St Henrys v New Forest; Eshowe v Grantleigh

Other fixtures (venues unknown): Linpark v Ixopo; Treverton v Carter; Port Natal v Suidnatal; Kingsway v Port Shepstone; Werda v Amanzimtoti; Gelofte v Durban Academy; Empangeni v Richardsbaai

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