Glenwood and Westville clash will be a sizzler

2010-05-08 00:00

THE main attraction of KwaZulu-Natal schoolboys’ rugby this weekend will be the match in which Westville host Glenwood.

On results thus far, these are the two top sides in the province. Other interesting clashes are also taking place and with the improvement shown in the results of some teams last weekend, there will be doubt with regard to the outcome of most matches.

Glenwood managed to hold on for a win against Maritzburg College three weeks ago and then, last Saturday, just managed to beat Kearsney. Both these games were on Dixons at Glenwood. The Westville support at home always makes it more difficult for the visiting sides.

Westville has a very balanced side with a strong tight five and pacy backs, and they may have the edge over their visitors. Where Glenwood may be superior is in the loose forwards and if Westville make mistakes that can be countered, this will make Glenwood dangerous.

The side that makes the least mistakes is likely to come out on top.

Durban High School produced one of their better performances of the season to hold Hilton to a draw last Saturday. Today they have a home game against Michaelhouse — and will enjoy the advantage of playing at home.

Michaelhouse also played their best game of the season last week when they beat Maritzburg College.

Whether they can both do the same again this week remains to be seen, but if they do then it will be a game to watch. Based on results this year, Michaelhouse should win the game.

Northwood, arguably the weakest of the top schools in the province at the beginning of the season, have shown good progress, and they will be playing Kearsney. The latter upped their level of play against Glenwood last week and if they can produce similar rugby again, they should be too strong against the improving Northwood.

St Charles will be hosting St Davids from Johannesburg in what should also be a nailbiting game. Both “Saints” were at the St Stithians Festival, where they both played the FNB XV and Hudson Park. St Charles had marginally better results and with home-ground advantage they should be the favourites.

Maritzburg College travel to Johannesburg to play King Edward and this is another game that will probably go down to the wire. College were stung by their unexpected loss against Michaelhouse and will be fired up to improve.

The pattern played by the two schools is different, as College will rely on its forwards while KES will move the ball down the back line

Hilton’s game against second-tier side George Campbell will give it a chance to rest players with niggling injuries — and Hilton is still likely to prevail. Campbell is not afraid to take on the top sides, but his year they have been less competitive against the big schools.

Voortrekker play Clifton. The Clifton boys are trying to get their rugby skills to a better level, and they could surprise Voortrekker.

Fixtures (home sides first): Westville vs Glenwood; DHS vs Michaelhouse; Kearsney vs Northwood; St Charles vs St Davids; KES vs Maritzburg College; George Campbell vs Hilton; Voortrekker vs Clifton; Treverton vs Howick; Port Shepstone vs Hillcrest; St Henrys vs Thomas More; Wartburg vs Greytown; Kuswag vs Port Natal; Crawford NC vs Amanzimtoti; Grantleigh vs Felixton.

Venues unknown: Grosvenor vs New Forest; Linpark vs Alexandra; Werda vs Durban Academy; DNC vs Brettonwood; Eshowe vs John Ross

Last Wednesday the third of the KZN Schools Zonal trials took place at Vryheid, where Northern Region U18 and U16 teams were selected for the final trials at Woodburn on May 18. The Northern Region is made up of players from northern KZN and Zululand schools.

Pionier, from Vryheid, has the majority of players selected, but the others hail from a number of schools.

Under 18: 1 J Stead (Felixton)/Z Dusse (Development), 2 M Khumalo (Sarel Cilliers), 3 Z Zulu (Eshowe), 4 O Bousema (Pionier), 5 W Davis (Pio), 6 X Msane (SC), 7 F Zwane (Dundee), 8 R Bernard (Pio), 9 B Asher-Wood (Grantleigh), 10 F Scheepers (Pio), 11 M Mthethwa (Esh), 12 D Graham (Pio), 13 V du Randt (Pio), 14 D Johnstone (Pio), 15 R Nortje (Pio)

Under 16: 1 B Zungu (SC), 2 W de Waal (Pio), 3 S Brown (SC), 4 L Sithole (SC), 5 L Mthenjwa (Empangeni), 6 R van Heerden (Pio), 7 C Prinsloo (Emp), 8 D Boshoff (Pio), 9 P Conradie (Pio), 10 L Lombard (Pongola), 11 B Biyela (SC), 12 W Budu (SC), 13 W Johnstone (Pio), 14 S Gumede (Emp), 15 D Galloway (Grtl).

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