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KZN Schools: College and Glenwood in action

Written by beet bailey (beet)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby, Sharks on 22 Jul 2011 at 11:00
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In various parts of the country including Kwazulu Natal, soccer has replaced rugby as the main third term school activity. From a local standpoint, Maritzburg College and Glenwood are now the last 2 third quarter rugby schools standing.

Glenwood with some very tough games still to come has opted to ease into things with a rather interesting match scheduled against the High Schools All-American (HSAA) touring team. The HSAA are essentially the American Schools team, a squad of 30 players selected from the domestic US rugby competition. Glenwood are expected to be by far the most difficult opponent of their 4-match schedule, which includes games against development teams in both Durban and Cape Town. Judging by their other arranged fixtures, suggestions are that the HSAA are not a very strong team by South African high school standards. It is therefore little wonder that Glenwood has chosen to rest a number of key personnel that were involved in a tough Craven Week campaign. Nevertheless the Green Machine is still able to field a fairly good team that boasts the likes of SA Academy scrumhalf Mkhabela and Craven Week prop Worral-Clare.

College has a far more challenging home assignment against Affies. On 28 May 2011 the highly ranked Pretoria powerhouse put 55 points passed the College defence at altitude. From a College point of view, defence will again be the key word if they wish to entertain any thoughts of reversing the result in this return fixture. Affies, aided by 125kg prop de Bruin are expected to dominate the scrums and promising tall locks Visser and Janse van Rensburg look set to control the Pietermaritzburg skies above the lineout formations. So in many respects, spectators can expect an attempted reenactment of the Free State Craven Week team’s performance against the Bulls, firstly because the local school will probably be deprived of possession, forcing them to defend like Trojans and secondly because College has a potentially red hot backline when given front-foot ball. College will welcome back captain Ungerer from injury and will also count heavily on the experience of backs Phillips, Olley and Sithole. Amongst their weapons on attack, they have big centre Daniel Kriel, the frontrunner to succeed provincial success stories Pat Howard (2010) and Tyler Fisher (2011) as a national representative in 2012.

Enjoy the matches if you are fortunate enough to attend.


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