Top schools face off in tight games

2012-06-02 00:00

THE independent schools rejoin the action today but there are still only four matches amongst the top-ranked schools in the province.

Westville have a match against Richardsbaai, while Glenwood are not playing today, with just their second side playing Voortrekker.

This season has been so much more intriguing as no one side is sure to win any match against any of the top six sides in the province.

Maritzburg College play against Kearsney in the top game today with both teams arguably being in the top four in KZN.

Kearsney have lost four matches this year against Paul Roos and Nico Malan both by 10 points, Affies by 12 and Hilton by seven points. College have also lost four matches, Paul Roos and Grey HS, each by a single point, Michaelhouse by three and KES by 17 points.

Once again the result of this match should be very close. The one advantage that College has is that it is on their Old Boys Reunion weekend. College should raise their game, although to play better than their last game when they beat Westville will be difficult. It could also give Kearsney the incentive to spoil the day for the home side. Whatever the result, it should be a very good game.

A second game in the Midlands that could also see some good rugby is at Hilton where they host DHS. The latter has not been seen as a threat to the top teams this year, but they appear to be improving from game to game. This was evident last Saturday where they had the better of territory against Glenwood.

Hilton are playing their first match since losing against College two weeks ago and they will be determined to get back on the winning side particularly in front of their home supporters. The result should go Hilton’s way, but DHS have a formidable pack which could disrupt the Hilton game plan.

Michaelhouse travel to Durban North to play against Northwood. This could be another game where the favourites will prevail. Northwood did well to beat George Campbell last Saturday, but they will be up against a Michaelhouse who play 15-man rugby and the hosts will be under pressure.

St Charles and George Campbell, among the top 10 in the province, face two sides at the top of the next tier of school rugby, Clifton and Port Natal respectively. Both matches should be closely contested.

Selected fixtures (home team first): Maritzburg College v Kearsney; Hilton v DHS; Northwood v Michaelhouse; St Charles v Clifton; George Campbell v Port Natal; Westville v Richardsbaai; Westville II v Empangeni; Glenwood II v Voortrekker; St Henrys v Kloof; Thomas More v Wartburg; Kingsway v Hillcrest; Port Shepstone v Suidnatal; Weston v Greytown; Howick v Carter

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