College, Glenwood at Kimberley festival

2012-04-28 00:00

THE Wildeklawer school’s rugby festival takes place in Kimberley this weekend at the Diamantveld Hoërskool fields.

Eighteen of the top school rugby sides in the country are represented.

Participation is by invitation and for the first time since its inception a few years ago, there are two KZN teams playing. Glenwood have been KZN’s sole participant in the last two years, but this year Maritzburg College have also been invited.

There are two matches in the Midlands, which should draw good crowds. Hilton are hosting Kearsney and Michaelhouse will welcome St Charles. There will be plenty of fire and brimstone in a tough game on Gilfillan field. In Durban, DHS are hosting KES from Johannesburg.

Hilton have surprised many this season with their narrow losses against Westville, by two points and against Glenwood, by a single point.

This will have passed on a warning to others still to play Hilton, that their forwards are a unit that will stand up to most.

The match could well be a spectacle with both sides having pace in their backline and willing to spread the ball at every opportunity.

Much will depend on the quality of the ball supplied by the forwards.

Kearsney may well have a slight advantage with the Du Preez twins, Daniel at lock and Jean-Luc on the side of the scrum.

Michaelhouse are another that have done better than many of the pundits might have thought.

They have beaten Westville by two points and lost by a point against Glenwood.

St Charles tackled their hearts out against Kearsney last weekend, but eventually succumbed to a superior side, losing by 60 points. It could be much of the same again today with the home side having bigger forwards and faster three quarters.

DHS, with one of their weaker sides and suffering from a number of injuries, have a difficult match against their visitors from Johannesburg. KES lost narrowly against Affies last Saturday.

This was their second loss after losing their first match surprisingly against Pretoria BHS.

Since then they have had some comfortable wins.

The two local sides have tough first matches today and slightly easier games on Monday in Kimberley.

College get off to an early start at 9.30 am against one of the top sides in the country — Paul Roos.

The game following the above sees Glenwood against another of the top schools in the country — Paarl Gym.

On Monday College play the first match of the day against the hosts, Diamantveld, in the first meeting ever between these two schools.

Glenwood again follow the College game against Outeniqua.

The other teams in Kimberley are Oakdale, Monument, Affies, Paarl BHS, Grey College, Waterkloof, Boland Landbou, Framesby, Ben Vorster, HTS Louis Botha, EG Jansen and HTS Middelburg.

The KZN teams that play in the annual festival between Johanesburg and KZN teams have travelled to Johannesburg for matches today and on Monday. The local schools are George Campbell, Grosvenor, Pinetown, Kloof, Hillcrest, Port Shepstone, Port Natal, Durban North and New Forest.

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