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Reece-Edwards to run on Reece-Edwards

Written by beet bailey (beet)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, School Rugby on 3 Jun 2011 at 11:09
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Matthew Reece-Edwards, Kearsney’s gifted 15 year old first choice scrumhalf will visit his father’s old stomping ground this Saturday when his team travels to Durban North to take on the ever-improving Northwood School. The venue for the match was named Reece-Edwards after Matt’s father and Bok fullback Hugh, a stand out rugby player and cricketer at Northlands (now Northwood) in his day.

Kearsney head into this game as firm favourites, compliments of a very impressive 2011 track record coupled with having no fewer than four Craven Week representatives onboard including the talented 15 year old twins of another former Bok, Robert du Preez.

Northwood School became the talk of the town a fortnight ago, as far as schoolboy rugga goes. The reason, a 9-8 against all odds victory over one of very best that SA has to offer – Glenwood High School a.k.a. the Green Machine.

The result was a huge shock to the system but to Simon Vickers, Northwood’s Head of Rugby and his dedicated staff, including well-known local coach Barry Wilson, it represents the kind of outcome they would like Northwood to be capable of achieving on a weekly basis in the near future, as their bold programme aimed at reviving the school’s rugby continues to gain momentum.

The match should provide spectators with an interesting contest at scrum time and no doubt the battle of the backrowers, particularly at the breakdown will be something to savour. In terms of head-to-heads, they won’t come much better than the dual between the two big no.8s, Northwood’s star Khazi Makhaye and Kearsney grafter Declan Ahern. In midfield, home player Simiso Mchunu, unlucky to miss out on provincial representation, will be looking to exhibit his skills when he challenges a relatively inexperienced, promising player in the form of Jason Valenti.

The teams are:

Northwood: Siyabonga Dlamini, Ben Meadows, Simiso Mchunu, Wade Worthington, Nelisa Ndimande, Byron Scott, Raymond Simon, Kwazi Makhaye, Adrian Verbiest, James Hall, Siyathemba Khanyile, Tyronne Ferguson, Bongamusa Ncwane, Kelvin Shea, Fiso Sikhosana (c) . Coach Barry Wilson

Kearsney: Michael Steel, James Lambert, Jason Valenti, Stuart Scott-Martin, Isolethu Ngidi , Sandile Khubeka, Matthew Reece-Edwards, Declan Ahern, JL du Preez, Cullen Collopy (c) , Daniel Du Preez, Chad Myburgh, Brendan Clements, Michael Kennedy, Matthew Jones. Coach Barend Steyn

At Goldstones, Maritzburg College will be looking to bounce back from a poor showing against Affies when the take on strugglers Michaelhouse. One thing is for sure, College won’t be underestimating their opponents from Balgowan following last year’s surprising loss. College is boosted by the return of their captain, arguably the province’s best player, Stefan Ungerer. For Michaelhouse fans, two young players worth keeping an eye out for are flyhalf Austin Lockington and no.8 Josh Moon. Both should feature prominently in House’s 2012 campaign.

A resurgent DHS will be in Pietermaritzburg to tackle St Charles. Neither school is having the best of seasons, however results in recent weeks suggest that DHS should come out on top quite comfortably. If School can manufacture a few half gaps for the likes of their speedsters Eddie Mangwambe and the fantastic Mbembe Payi, the crowd should be in for a very entertaining afternoon of top quality finishing.

Hilton will play hosts to St Albans of Pretoria. The Hilton defence has leaked many points this season. They’ll need to plug these holes if they hope to pull through with a win in what is expected to be a tight affair. In terms of looking ahead to next year, Hilton’s useful no.8 Chris de Beer and fullback Calvin Smith are two young guns with tons of potential.

Westville will drive 320km up the road to Vryheid where Pionier await their arrival. No doubt the tough Northern Natal schoolboys will put in their usual spirited performance, however as an overall package, they’ll lack the depth to pose too much of a threat over the 70-minute distance. For Westville is an opportunity to iron out some of the basic errors that have plagued their offensive game in recent weeks.

Some good rugby in a wonderful atmosphere lies in store those fortunate enough to attend any of tomorrow’s games.


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