Col­lege in an­other top ta­ble clash

Weekend Witness - - Sport - MIKE HILL Schools’ rugby

FOUR KZN schools play op­po­si­tion teams from Gaut­eng to­day. There is an ex­o­dus of three schools to Jo­han­nes­burg, and St Charles will be host­ing St Al­bans from Pre­to­ria. Once again there is a top of the ta­ble clash when Mar­itzburg Col­lege host Westville.

Last week­end it was Kearsney — af­ter two suc­ces­sive losses — that beat Mar­itzburg Col­lege and to­day it is Col­lege, af­ter two suc­ces­sive losses, who will be host­ing Westville. Will Col­lege have enough to beat the strong Westville line-up? The lat­ter did beat Kearsney nar­rowly at home. In these clashes, play­ing at home does seem to be an ad­van­tage. Col­lege will need to have a bet­ter game plan than their pre­dictable play last week.

This will be the first home game that St Charles has played this sea­son when they take on St Al­bans. Af­ter a shaky start St Charles has shown some neat touches. Both teams have played Men­lopark with St Charles los­ing 3-38 and St Al­bans 10-35. St Charles played them early in the sea­son — whereas St Al­bans played them last week. The im­prove­ment that St Charles has shown and the fact that they are play­ing at home, will give them some con­fi­dence.

Glen­wood travel across the Um­geni to face Northwood. This could see a big score as Northwood will be low in con­fi­dence af­ter los­ing against Port Na­tal last week and they don’t have the for­wards to pre­vent Glen­wood get­ting most of the pos­ses­sion.

An­other big score could be on the cards in Jo­han­nes­burg where Hil­ton play against KES. The lat­ter have a very good side whereas Hil­ton has a weaker side, com­pared to their pre­vi­ous years.

The game be­tween Kearsney and St Stithi­ans could be keenly con­tested as St Stithi­ans have im­proved since their fes­ti­val. Last week they lost by eight points against KES af­ter just beat­ing Northwood dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Michael­house are also in Jo­han­nes­burg at St Johns. The lat­ter — af­ter some ini­tial re­sults that were favourable — have done poorly in their last few matches. If Michael­house play well they could come home with a win. Se­lected fix­tures (home side first): Mar­itzburg Col­lege v Westville; St Charles v St Al­bans; Northwood v Glen­wood; KES v Hil­ton; St Stithi­ans v Kearsney; St Johns v Michael­house; DHS v Port Na­tal; Hill­crest v Carter; Thomas More v St Hen­rys; Kloof vs Kingsway; DHS I I v KZN De­vel­op­ment; Tre­ver­ton vs Grey­town; Port Shep­stone v Scot­tburgh

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