Michaelhouse match could be close

2012-05-12 00:00

SCHOOLBOY rugby interest will centre on Michaelhouse and Glenwood where the two big games of the weekend will be played.

Schools in the Midlands have this week been involved in the first round of Craven Week trials and this could dull their performance in games against Durban opponents who have their trials next week.

Michaelhouse will again be the main KZN Midlands venue for what should be a close match, this time against Maritzburg College.

The outcome will depend on the quality of the ball won by both teams. Michaelhouse have arguably the most potent backline in the province, and if they get enough good ball they will be hard to stop. The tight forwards are well matched and the two backrows could play vital roles in separating the two teams.

There is a feeling that the Glenwood team have not yet played to their full potential. They have eight Craven Week players from last year in the team and when they do click they should be unstoppable. Today they host Kearsney who have also not played as well as they can in their last two games.

Kearsney also have a number of talented players and perhaps this game will bring out the best in both teams. The teams look fairly evenly matched in the backlines, with Glenwood probably slightly stronger in the forwards. Glenwood will enjoy a home advantage.

Hilton’s record this year against KZN schools is disappointing with one win in four outings. However, this is misleading as they could easily have won all three of the other games. Against Glenwood and Michaelhouse, they lost by a single point and against Westville they went down by two.

Today Hilton play against Northwood in Durban. They will be determined to improve their record against KZN schools but Northwood has shown improvement over the season and cannot be taken lightly.

DHS have also improved, as they showed against Kearsney last Saturday, and they will be hosting St Charles, a team that is currently struggling to get the ball down their backline.

The home side forwards will probably get the better of the St Charles pack, which does mean that St Charles face the propsect of another afternoon on defence.

Westville are hosting Pionier from Vryheid. The northern KZN team are an unknown quantity in these parts and, while Westville should win, it could be a tough game.

S elected fixtures (home sides first):

Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College; Glenwood vs Kearsney; Northwood vs Hilton; DHS vs St Charles; Westville vs Pionier; Voortrekker vs George Campbell; Clifton vs Port Natal; Kloof vs Thomas Moore; Wartburg vs Greytown; Alexandra vs Howick; Hillcrest vs Suidnatal; Amanzimtoti vs St Henrys.

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