Glenwood to play 15th century school with proud rugby record

2012-07-21 00:00

BOTH Maritzburg and Glenwood will continue playing rugby this term and both are scheduled to play four matches. Kearsney have been invited to play a one-off game against Grey College in Bloemfontein, but only in early August.

Affies travel to play College on Goldstones today and as the game is being televised there is an early start of 1.15 pm. Home ground is about the only advantage College are likely to have. The Affies side will outweigh them and they will have more speed out wide. In the squad of 50, from which the South African under-18 squad will be selected, there are six Affies players, three in the backs and three in the forwards. College have one in fullback Jesse Kriel.

The Blue Bulls were the outstanding team at Craven Week and eight of the 22 players were from Affies.

Affies are not invincible. They have lost two matches against Waterkloof and Paul Roos, the latter by 10 points. College also lost against Paul Roos, by just one point, in a game they should have won. If College are to keep the score within reasonable margins, they will have to prevent Affies from taking any of their ball, particularly in lineouts and in tackles. Mistakes must be limited, first-time tackles must be made and turnover ball will have to be prevented. It is a hard task, but what College do not lack is heart and they will give of their best.

Glenwood have a match against a touring English school, Kirkwood Grammar today. This school, established in the 15th century has a proud record on the rugby field.

A number of their past pupils have represented England and there is one player in their team who played for England U16 last year. Other than playing sevens, their rugby year only starts in September, so when these schools come on tour to South Africa it is a pre-season tour to get the bonding among the players and to hone their skills ahead of their domestic season. They are also mainly U17 players and seldom do well.

As they will be playing one of the top three teams in the province, it will be a difficult task.

Glenwood, with six players who were in the KZN Craven Week squad, will likely be too strong in the scrums and the tight-loose situations.

The Glenwood second XV will play the KZN U18 development team as a curtain raiser. On Monday afternoon, a no doubt bruised College team will take on a touring side from England, Dulwich College.

Little is known about this London school, but as it is also a pre-season tour, College should win this game.

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