College favourites against KES

2013-05-18 00:00

ONCE again, players in today’s school rugby matches will likely be playing on muddy fields and this could affect both the rugby and attendance at the matches. Hopefully no matches will need to be cancelled.

Maritzburg College will be hoping to turn the tide against their Johannesburg visitors King Edward VII School after losing to them in the last three years. KES have not had a good season having lost six of their nine matches played. The only side both teams have played is Westville and College lost by five points in their first match of the season played at the Wartburg Festival and two weeks ago KES lost by six points.

College have improved considerably since this early “practice match” and they have come through favourably in some tough fixtures recently. KES have lost their last three matches, which included Westville at home, but on Goldstones, possibly in wet and muddy conditions, College should be favourites.

Glenwood coach Sean Erasmus is under no illusions that the home game for DHS is not necessarily going to be easy and he will try to remove any complacency from the minds of his players. On paper there is little chance that DHS, even with home ground advantage, can win today. DHS will very likely up their game and if Glenwood cannot get their good backline running freely the game could be close.

Kearsney, in Johannesburg against St Stithians, are another side that must avoid being complacent as last week St Stithians were thumped 76-0 by Pretoria BHS. Kearsney have the two Du Preez brothers back in the side after returning from long lay-offs after injury and this should make them even stronger.

George Campbell, a team on the fringes of being in the top tier of school rugby in the province, will play Clifton. This is an important game for visitors Campbell as they need to stay ahead of schools that are also close to being in the top 10.

Voortrekker have a large number of sides playing on their grounds today with the top match being Port Natal against Westville. All the Westville teams will play against sides from Port Natal, Voortrekker, Alexandra, Amanzimtoti and PMB Development. Voortrekker will play the main curtain-raiser against Westville II and Alexandra will play against Westville III.

A visit to Woodburn this morning will see the finals of the KZN Primary Schools tournament which started on Thursday. This highlight in the primary schools’ calender was started in 1995 and culminates in the naming of the Junior Craven Week team.

There is representation from the six districts around the province, namely Durban Coastal, Midlands, Pinetown, South Coast, Zululand and Northern KZN at both U12 and U13 age groups.

The annual tournament has an ethos of integrating players from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and has a proud history of producing some of South Africa’s sporting heroes. The likes of Patrick Lambie, Cedric Mkhize, Bradley Barrett, Pat Cilliers, Greg Rawlinson, Matt Stevens and Alistair Hargreaves, to name a few, all played in this tournament.


Maritzburg College v KES, DHS v Glenwood, St Stithians v Kearsney, Clifton v George Campbell, Port Natal v Westville (at Voortrekker), Voortrekker v Westville II, Alexandra v Westville III (at Voortrekker), Northwood v Pinetown, Port Shepstone v Kloof, Howick v Linpark; Kokstad v Creston, Thomas More v Ashton.

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