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Wednesday, 20 May 2009 19:54

KES Almost Awoken From Their Dream

 

 

The KES dream season almost came crumbling down before them when they faced Marais Viljoen this past weekend. In what was billed, and what I predicted, as a forgone conclusion as an easy win for KES, they had to dig deep in order to eventually pip Marais Viljoen 29-27. KES ran in 22 unanswered points in the second half to record their closest win of the season and to remain on course for that first unbeaten run in 31 years. KES retained their unofficial ranking of 3rd in the country but their result against a team way below them in the schools rankings has definitely created a nervous atmosphere amongst the Reds supporters in their bid to remain unbeaten.

This weekend they play Hilton from Kwazulu-Natal at home. One thing that is certain is that if Hilton gains a lead similar to that of Marais Viljoen in the game, they will not relinquish as easily. Hilton is a school steeped in rugby tradition and have always been up for a battle, however coming up to altitude and playing in front of a packed KES ground should prove a challenge too great.

Prediction: KES to win it by 20 points. After such a close contest last weekend the KES team will come out with all guns blazing in their last home game of the season. This is, after all, a side that put 50 points past Maritzburg College on the famous Goldstones field.

Grey Bloem eased past Affies 30-13 on the weekend and cemented their place as the top rugby school in the country. What is even scarier is that in the unofficial rankings these teams are number 1 and 2 respectively. Grey has extended its unbeaten run to 42 matches and it is becoming more and more likely that this unbeaten run will continue for some time. Affies next take on Monument in what is the clash of the weekend up in Gauteng. Monument is sitting 9th in the rankings and is slowly moving up after 2 narrow defeats in the beginning of the season. Monument will have home ground advantage which should make this clash even more closely contested.

Prediction: Affies to win it by 5, however I wouldn’t put my house on it. This one could go either way, especially since Affies have just come back from a bruising encounter against Grey Bloem.

Other notable games this weekend are the annual fixture between Michaelhouse and St John’s, Parktown vs Potch Boys and Pretoria Boys Vs Saints.

This week I’m going to go a step further and predict all the notable matches for the weekend.

St John’s vs Michaelhouse –St John’s is having an extremely poor season whilst Michaelhouse is ranked 16th in the contry. Michaelhouse to win easily by 25.

Parktown vs Potch Boys – Not a great season for Potch thus far and they will find it tough going up against one of the biggest packs around. Parktown to win by 10.

 

Saints vs Pretoria Boys – A disappointing season so far by Pretoria Boys high standards however they have shown that they are becoming more and more of a force. Saints have had a rather disappointing season themselves but are coming off a good win against Jeppe on the weekend however Jeppe are extremely poor this year. Pretoria Boys to win by 15.

 

It would be interesting to add your views on my predictions and to predict for yourselves. Thus far I’m 2 from 2. Your feedback is always welcomed.

Till next week.

Cheers.

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