Low-key start to rugby fixtures

2011-04-30 00:00

THE second term domestic fixtures have had a low-key start, with most schools in the province still on holiday. Although only three matches are due locally, there will be plenty of interest in each one.

Probably the most keenly contested will be at Westville. Kearsney are the visiting school and they have just enhanced their abilities at the recently held Blythedale Easter Festival. At the same time Westville were at the King Edwards Easter Festival.

Westville were disappointed with the narrow loss in the first game against St Andrews, but then won their next two matches. At Kearsney the hosts had two wins — a narrow win against Dale and then a creditable performance against Grey College. The latter were held to a three-all draw in the first half, but then scored three tries in the second to win 24-3.

Westville have now lost two matches in the seven they have played, the other against Queens, while at the Grey HS festival in Port Elizabeth, Kearsney have played nine games with the one loss.

Maritzburg College travel up the hill to take on Hilton this afternoon. Both teams were also in Port Elizabeth so the coaches will compare notes on areas of strengths and weaknesses in the opposition. Much will depend on the forwards, where College have looked accomplished and Hilton have sometimes struggled. The home side have played six matches, losing against Kearsney, Grey HS and Selborne. College have played seven games losing narrowly against Bishops.

The other match is also in the midlands, on Meadows at Michaelhouse, where St Charles are the visiting team. The visitors have just returned from the Krugersdorp Festival where they lost against Menlopark, drew with Noordheuwel and beat the hosts Krugersdorp.

Michaelhouse were also in Port Elizabeth where they lost heavily against KES, lost narrowly against Daniel Pienaar and beat Louis Botha from Bloemfontein, but just by two points.

Both teams will want a win to get the second term off to a positive start. Reflecting on the matches played to date, Michaelhouse have had the harder games and this will give them the advantage this afternoon.

Glenwood are the only KZN team to have been invited to the second Wildeklawer Festival, this year being hosted by Diamantveld in Kimbereley. Today Glenwood face Paul Roos from Stellenbosch and on Monday play EG Jansen.

Fixtures today: Werstville vs Kearsney; Hilton vs Maritzburg College; Michaelhouse vs St Charles; Glenwood vs Paul Roos

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