College to host Pretoria Boys’

2012-04-14 00:00

WITH the independent schools still on holiday, there are only a few top rugby matches today.

Many of the second tier schools are playing, some having their first fixture.

All the top schools in the province were involved in at least one festival over the past holiday so sides will be more settled than they were before the break, although some schools did pick up a number of injuries.

The two matches that should draw good crowds are at Maritzburg College where they will be hosting Pretoria Boys’ High, and at Westville, who play against Durban High School.

The Pretoria side have had a mixed bag of results, but they have played more matches than College.

Boys’ High have lost against St Stithians and Kempton Park, both teams they normally beat.

They also lost against St Andrews from Grahamstown at the KES festival. The latter do not apparently have the players of the calibre that they had last year.

They narrowly beat KES and Lichtenburg, the last also at the KES festival and then a run-away win against the Festival Invitation XV.

College have beaten Northwood and Bishops and lost by a point against Grey High School.

Despite the visitors probably being the underdogs today, they always provide stern opposition and this should be a good match to watch.

Westville have played eight matches, with wins against George Campbell, Glenwood, Hilton, Louis Botha and EG Jansen. They have lost to Paul Roos, Dale, by just a point and Grey College.

DHS have played six matches, winning three against second tier sides and losing against three sides, Queens, Daniel Pienaar and Nico Malan at the Grey HS festival in Port Elizabeth. This does make Westville overwhelming favourites.

Glenwood came through a tough period at two successive festivals, winning four games against Noordkaap, Potch Volksskool, Monument and Queens, drawing against Dale and losing against Framesby.

They will relish being able to play their running game against George Campbell. The latter won three matches at the Vryheid festival, but have lost to both Westville and Kearsney. Campbell will have a forward pack to match Glenwood, but they will not have the three quarters to counter those of Glenwood.

Selected fixtures (home side first): Maritzburg College v Pretoria BHS; Westville v DHS; Glenwood v George Campbell; Glenwood II v Port Natal; Voortrekker v Clifton; Pinetown v New Forest; Carter v Kloof; Howick v Scottburgh; Alexandra v Estcourt; Ladysmith v Weston; Richardsbaai v Emapangeni. Venues unknown: Hillcrest v Port Shepstone; Kingsway v Grosvenor; Wartburg v Wembley

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