Intriguing fixtures for KZN school rugby

2010-05-01 00:00

SCHOOL rugby is back to normal in KZN this weekend, with all fixtures involving local schools. There are four mat­ches in particular which will be watched with interest.

Maritzburg College travel to Balgowan to play against Michaelhouse. College did not play last weekend as their match in Pretoria was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. Michaelhouse played St Charles and won, although not very convin­cingly.

On results to date this year, College have fared better, having beaten both Kearsney and Daniel Pienaar, two sides who have beaten Michaelhouse. The other team they have both played is Framesby and here the loss by the KZN teams was very similar.

Michaelhouse’s strength lies with their three quarters, while College potentially has the better forwards and, if they win the majority of the ball, the Michaelhouse back line could be nullified.

Glenwood will be hosting Kearsney and, as they saw each other play in three matches at the Kearsney Festival over Easter, they will have some idea of possible weaknesses in the opposition. This applies particularly to Kearsney, who probably have little chance of beating Glenwood, although they could make it more difficult for the Durban boys.

With Fred Zeilinga back at flyhalf following an early season injury, Glenwood is a much more accomplished side. Their pack of forwards will more than likely be too strong for Kearsney, resulting in plentiful ball.

Hilton, at home again, should have a relatively easy game against Durban Boys’ High. DHS have only won two games, Eshowe and Wonderboom, neither of which are top-tier schools. Hilton have lost two matches, against Grey HS and Westville, and won the other four. After a good display against Kearsney last week, their forwards are likely to dominate. They are playing with plenty of confidence and will be hard to beat at home.

St Charles will host Pionier from Northern KZN. Pionier started their season well with wins over Ermelo and a draw with Westville, but losses to Kempton Park and Middelburg HS spoilt the good start. On the other hand, a young St Charles team started poorly but have improved from week to week. The fixture will not be easy for either team, but if St Charles’ handling improves, they could take the spoils today.

Fixtures (home side first): Michaelhouse v Maritzburg College; Glenwood v Kearsney; Hilton v DHS; St Charles v Pionier; Hillcrest v Northwood; Westville v George Campbell; Howick v Thomas More; Voortrekker v Pinetown; Carter v Wartburg; St Henrys v Kloof; Scottburgh v Amanzimtoti; Westville II v Clifton.

Other matches (venues unknown): Grosvenor v Kingsway; Crawford LL v Queensburgh; New Forest v Werda; Greytown v Linpark; Treverton v Ladysmith; Alexandra v DNC; Suidnatal v Gelofte; Kuswag v Durban Academy; Port Natal v Richardsbaai; Empangeni v Vryheid; Creston v Kokstad.

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