Rugby gets going in earnest

2010-04-17 00:00

AFTER the matches played at both the major and smaller rugby festivals around the country over the past two weeks, the schools settle down for their normal rugby programme. There are three matches in particular that take place today that will be crowd-pullers.

The first of these is at Hilton where they will be hosting Westville. The visitors, after the narrow loss against Michelhouse in their first game have since beaten, Kearsney, Northwood, Rondebosch and St Benedicts, where it was their forwards who dominated and allowed the backs plenty of freedom.

Hilton has played four games with wins against St Charles, Louis Botha, and Graeme and a loss against Grey College. They have impressed with a solid pack of forwards and some explosive running in the backline.

If Hilton can compete against the strong Westville front row and win sufficient ball, they could come away with a win. The match is going to be keenly contested making it a match to watch.

Glenwood, who have played more rugby than any other KZN school will be hosting Maritzburg College. Glenwood has played in both the Kearsney and Pukke Festivals over the holidays. In some games they have been impressive, but have not looked as imposing as they were in 2009. Six matches in a space of 12 days is enough to take it out of any youngster. They have also suffered a number of injuries.

Nine games have been played and they have lost against St Andrews College, Monument and narrowly against Rustenburg. Significant wins have been against Outeniqua, Framesby and Selborne.

College has played five games, suffering one loss against Framesby. The fact that Glenwood won comfortably against Framesby, coupled with their two wins against College in 2009 and their impressive record that year, will make them favourites particularly as it is on Dixons at Glenwood.

The third needle game is on Meadows at Michaelhouse where they will be hosting Kearsney. Kearsney has played seven games winning three, but the only significant win was against Nico Malan. Michaelhouse has played five games losing three.

Both teams have played Westville, with Michaelhouse winning by a point and Kearsney losing by 30 points. Michaelhouse will likely be favourites in front of their home crowd.

St Charles will have gained some valuable lessons at the St Stithians Festival and they will be searching for their first victory against visitors Northwood.

Fixtures (home side first): Hilton vs Westville; Glenwood vs Maritzburg College; Michaelhouse vs Kearsney; St Charles vs Northwood; Pinetown vs DHS; George Campbell vs Voortrekker; Pionier vs Richardsbaai; Clifton vs Port Natal; Wartburg vs Treverton; Hillcrest vs Thomas More; Howick vs Scottburgh

Others (venues unknown): Alexandra vs Kloof; Carter vs Linpark; Greytown vs Eshowe; St Henrys vs Amanzimtoti; Grosvenor vs Queensburgh; Suidnatal vs Kokstad; Werda vs DNC; Durban Academy vs Empangeni; Creston vs Crawford NC; Grantleigh vs Pongola; Felixton vs Richards Bay Christian

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