It’s Old Boys Day at Glenwood on Saturday and to celebrate the occasion, the school has picked the second most difficult opponent in the country, Affies. It might seem like a brave decision to schedule the main game at the same time as the Sharks match but based on the importance of the occasion and the quality of the visitors, there is bound to be a big crowd in attendance.
Having just beaten Maritzburg College 19-6 last Saturday at Goldstones, Affies, the main school supply line of Bulls rugby, makes their second long bus trip down to KZN in the space of seven days. This time they have more reason to smile though as captain and key player Eital Bredenkamp returns from a shoulder injury to lead them from his familiar openside flank position. Bredenkamp’s presence will no doubt result in an improvement to Affies’ contesting at the breakdown where they were outplayed by College. However given the soundness of last week’s overall performance, there was little else for the Wit Bulle to hone in on at training and it is really just a case of them converting all the territorial and possession advantage that they should again secure this weekend, into points.
For Glenwood, a major blow comes in the form of unavailability of Kyle Cooper-like hooker Jaques Taylor. Like Cooper, Taylor is a converted loose-forward with good speed and skills. Other than that the Green Machine are at full strength. The trend of this season suggests that the smaller Glenwood side will have to stay away from set pieces, tackle for all they are worth, just like College did, and then make the most their opportunities in open play. Fortunately the young Glenwood team has shown in the past that they are more than capable of moving the ball around and finding gaps. They’ll also be encouraged by the knowledge that Dixons field has been a happy hunting ground against their heavyweight rivals in the past.
Somewhere along the N3 freeway on this Friday morning, the Affies buses are bound to pass those of Maritzburg College, who’ll be heading in the opposite direction for a return match against Pretoria Boys High School on Saturday.
If the first game, won 17-9 by College in the mud on a cold wet day is anything to go by, then this game bound to be contested in similar conditions, should be an absolute humdinger. PBHS are excellent at retaining possession, particularly pick-and-drive play but seem lack a bit of creativity and therefore penetration amongst the backs. This means that they often cannot translate periods of domination into points. College by contrast is the kind of “make something out of nothing” team that can and will punish the enemy for the slightest lapse in concentration. Returning from injury to the Red, Black and White starting lineup are KZN Schools captain Stefan Ungerer and promising centre Daniel Kriel, while talented u16 player Marcel Coetzee earns his first run-on start on the wing, due to an injury to Zolile Makiwane.
Enjoy the schoolboy rugby if you are able to attend.
KZN Starting teams:
Glenwood: 15 Lwandile Nthlangulela, 14 Dylan Coulson, 13 Nkululeko Marwana, 12 Dean Moolman, 11 Siyabonga Tom, 10 Unathi Makasi, 9 Mtokosizi Mkhabela, 8 Carel Swart, 7 Wayne Dalton, 6 Brian Potgieter, 5 Bradley Mcneill, 4 Jakobus Horn, 3 Matthew Worral-Clare, 2 Devon Osborne, 1 Niel Oelofse (captain).
Maritzburg College: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Lwazi Sithole, 13 Matthew Janse van Rensburg, 12 Daniel Kriel, 11 Marcel Coetzee, 10 Ethan Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer (captain), 8 Reagan Smith, 7 Andrew Smith, 6 Penuel Shezi, 5 Ryan Odendaal, 4 Matthew Dickens, 3 Mvelo Khumalo, 2 Desmond Marx, 1 Richard Mhlongo.Tweet