Two cracker matches?set to entertain

2012-08-04 00:00

THERE are two matches again today as KwaZulu-Natal schools play out the season. The most interest will be in the capital where Maritzburg College host Glenwood.

The other match is in Bloemfontein between hosts Grey College and Kearsney.

The first match between College and Glenwood held on Dixon’s field ended 16-16.

This makes today’s fare a mouth-watering one. The teams are very similar in standard, but there is a rider to the game this afternoon. The SA School’s camp ahead of the Tests against Wales, France and England, begins this weekend and College will be missing Jesse Kriel. This should make Glenwood favourites, but they have suffered a number of injuries this term, as have College.

The teams that run out on Goldstones later today will be different from those that played in the first game. It is thus difficult to foresee the outcome.

As it is College’s final game of the season, it is on Goldstones, and they could be seen as favourites. Glenwood have one more game next week, but they will have to play better than they did last Saturday against Affies, when their handling let them down.

The side that want the win more will likely run out winners, but this comes from inside. A good break or a great tackle can boost a side, so the result will be in the balance, but the crowd should enjoy this last game of the season on Goldstones.

Kearsney were invited to play Grey College in commemoration of the 200th birthday of Sir Charles Grey, after whom the college was named. The Cardiff Blues will be playing the main game against the Cheetahs.

The Grey and Kearsney game is the main curtain-raiser with the Cheetahs U19 and

U21s playing earlier games. All games will be played on the Grey College field.

Kearsney have not played a match since the end of the second term while Grey have played two matches.

But weakening Kearsney even further is the loss of their three SA Schools players, twins Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez and Andile Kubeka, who will be at the training camp.

As Grey don’t have any players in the SA School’s squad, they will ne overwhelming favourites to win this match.

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