Four schools battle it out at term’s end

2011-06-18 00:00

THERE are just four school rugby games today, the last weekend of the school term.

Those schools that had scheduled games for today were obviously caught unaware of the schools’ long weekend.

Some matches will be played next week, some were played earlier and others have been cancelled as schools are busy with their mid-year exams.

Two matches will draw large crowds — the one in Durban, where Glenwood are hosting Westville, and the other game in the midlands for the return game between Michaelhouse and Hilton.

There is no clear-cut top side in the province this year as results have been mixed among the four top sides.

Kearsney have lost against Glenwood and Westville, but have beaten Maritzburg College.

Today’s match on Dixons at Glenwood is another important fixture among these top four schools.

Westville had an easy game last week, whereas Glenwood had a titanic fight-back against College to win the game by a point.

Glenwood had a bye the week prior to playing College and this showed towards the end of that game as they lasted a bit better.

Glenwood also had most of their players involved in the KZN matches against the Pumas on Thursday, with nine players in the Craven Week team, whereas Westville just had two players.

This could give Westville the advantage today, with it being their last match of the season.

The game on Meadows at Michaelhouse will see the home side keen to reverse the result from the first game, where Hilton won after Michaelhouse led for the most of the game.

The last game of the season for both sides should see another keenly contested encounter and it will be a brave man who will bet on the winner.

Since their first game against one another, both teams have lost three of their four games played.

Michaelhouse have, however, produced some enterprising rugby, even when they lost, and if they can forget the occasion and play to their ability then the result could well be reversed.

Kearsney end their season with a relatively easy fixture against St Charles in Pietermaritzburg.

St Charles will not have the forwards to match Kearsney, although this has been the general pattern this year.

Treverton host St Henry’s from Durban and they will be hoping that they can repeat the victory obtained last year.

St Henry’s will be more confident after scoring 73 points last time out against Grosvenor, but some of their other results indicate that the home side should win.

FIXTURES IN BRIEF: Glenwood vs Westville, Michaelhouse vs Hilton, St Charles vs Kearsney, Treverton vs St Henry’s 

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