Three big clashes in capital today

2011-06-04 00:00

MOST of the schools are nearing the end of their season today, with three of the more important games taking place in and around the capital. Only Maritzburg College and Glenwood will play fixtures next term.

One match that could be keenly contested is at St Charles where they host Durban High School. Both sides have improved as the season has progressed. However, St Charles will have to play very well as DHS have had the better results against the schools they have both played. DHS have also played against some of the stronger schools, and St Charles haven’t.

Across Scottsville, Maritzburg College will be facing Michaelhouse a little later in the afternoon. The visitors caused an upset by beating College last year and this will be a motivating factor for College to play some enterprising rugby. The Balgowan lads have not had the best of seasons, but if they do win enough ball their backline could cause some problems.

Hilton host St Albans from Pretoria, the latter’s second visit to the Midlands in a space of three weeks. St Charles gave them a good run, coming back strongly in the second half. It will not be an easy game for Hilton, but they will be keen to win their last three matches to give their season more respectability.

Northwood had the better of Glenwood against all expectations and, today, in front of a large contingent of Old Boys, they could raise their game to beat visitors Kearsney. Hard work through the season has paid some dividends for the home side and on Old Boys Day their tails will be up. Kearsney however, will not lie down and after a rest last weekend, will come out strongly.

Westville take the long trek to Vryheid where the first team will play Pionier and the 2nd XV meet Vryheid HS. Pionier have established themselves as a champion Sevens team, but whether they will have the wherewithal to beat Westville in the 15-man game is doubtful. Westville have also lost two games in a row and this will make them very determined today.

George Campbell are probably one of the top 10 in the province this year and they play neighbours Clifton. As Campbell play some of the better schools and Clifton are essentially a second-tier school, even home ground advantage is unlikely to be enough to prevent the visitors from victory.

Selected fixtures (home side first): St Charles v DHS; Maritzburg College v Michaelhouse; Hilton v St Albans; Northwood vs Kearsney; Pionier v Westville; Vryheid v Westville II; Clifton v George Campbell; Port Natal v Voortrekker; Thomas More v Kloof; Weston v Ladysmith; Hillcrest v Kingsawy; Howick v Linpark; Carter v Grace; St Henry’s v Wartburg.

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